New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) will open 22 beaches, pools and spray-grounds across the state for swimming on Memorial Day weekend. State Park beaches, campgrounds and picnic areas will return to normal operating capacity this summer. Park visitors are reminded to practice social distancing, respect the rules, and do their part to keep parks and beaches open and safe for everyone.
When visiting a park, keep the following guidance in mind:
- Visitors should continue to maintain 6 feet of distance between parties — including beach blankets and chairs;
- Follow guidance to maintain social distance including signage, distance markers, directional arrows, and physical barriers.
- Unvaccinated visitors should wear a face covering when unable to maintain social distance outdoors;
- For the safety of park staff, all visitors are required to wear a face covering inside park buildings;
State Parks will continue its social distance ambassador program this summer to encourage social distancing in areas of high pedestrian traffic and prone to crowding, such as boardwalks and plazas. Current density reduction levels and enhanced cleaning measures will be continued in public restrooms.
To encourage vaccinations, 15 New York State Parks are hosting pop-up COVID-19 vaccination sites. These 15 sites will offer vaccinations on a first come first served basis utilizing the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Additionally, every person who gets vaccinated with a first or a single dose anywhere in New York State between May 24 and 31 is eligible to receive a free two-day pass to any New York State Park, which they can pick up and use until September 30, 2021. More information is available online.
State Parks campgrounds will be open for the weekend. Reservations are required. To find a last minute reservation, visit the “Camping This Weekend” feature on the reservation website.
Swimming availability varies by park. Weather permitting, the following State Park swimming beaches will be open Memorial Day weekend:
- Jones Beach (Due to the Bethpage Air Show, a special event pass is required to enter Jones Beach State Park parking fields for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend; visitors without a pass will be turned away. All passes have been sold out. For weather-related updates, click here. No pass required for Memorial Day, May 31st).
- Robert Moses
- Hither Hills
- Sunken Meadow
- Lake Tiorati
- Lake Welch
- Rockland Lake pool
- Grafton Lakes
- Lake Taghkanic
- Moreau Lake
- Taconic – Copake Falls
- Delta Lake
- Gilbert Lake
- Verona Beach
- Green Lakes
- Fair Haven Beach
- Chenango Valley
- Seneca Lake Sprayground
Western New York
- Beaver Island
Additional swimming facilities will open as the summer continues. A listing of swimming beaches with hours of operation is available on the New York State Parks website.
Plan ahead and make a list of alternate destinations. Beaches and trailheads will be busy. Even at full operating capacity, many state beaches and parks may fill to capacity on warm, sunny days. Anyone parking outside of designated areas will be ticketed. Check parks.ny.gov, or download the free NY State Parks Explorer mobile app for park capacity closure alerts.
Photo of Jones Beach State Park courtesy New York State Parks.