ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — New York’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation is launching a new state parks app that connects visitors to the great outdoors.
Releasing the State Parks Explorer app marks the beginning of the summer season, supplying useful information about the variety of activities and destinations throughout the Empire State’s parks, green spaces, and historic sites.
The user-friendly program represents a resource for planning excursions, learning about locations, identifying the next destination, and discovering new secret hideaways. Featuring curated content on a rotating basis, the app will feature directions, hours, trail maps, and prices where necessary. Amenities and tips will appear alongside social media channels and online camping reservations, and the app will also have the ability to receive updates and alerts.
Summer 2020 is also the first season with user-friendly credit-card acceptance at pay stations, park offices, and staffed lanes. Cashless payments pair well with ongoing coronavirus efforts. Visitors to State Parks are still required to social distance and wear face masks alongside traditional rules that keep parks, beaches, and campgrounds open and safe.