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New York State Launches New State Parks Explorer Mobile App for Visitors

Free New York State Parks Explorer App Connects Visitors with
the Outdoors

Today, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and
Historic Preservation (State Parks) marked the beginning of the summer season
by launching a new mobile app for smart devices to provide visitors and
prospective visitors useful information about the variety of destinations and
activities available throughout the Empire State’s parks and historic sites.

The New York State Parks Explorer App is a free,
user-friendly resource for visitors to plan outdoor adventures while staying
connected to long-time favorite parks and sites. Users can learn more about top
destinations and discover new must-see locations with rotating curated content,
and will enjoy quick access to park information, including directions, hours,
amenities, fees and rates, trail maps, helpful know-before-you-go details, and
the ability to receive important updates and alerts.

Visitors can also link directly to online camping
reservations and easily access select State Parks’ social media channels to
share their experiences. The New York State Parks Explorer mobile app is
available at no cost for download for iOS and Android devices. To download,
visit:

Google Play Store, NY State Parks Explorer App 

Apple Store, NY State Parks Explorer App 

“This season more than ever, people are looking to spend
time in the outdoors whether taking nature breaks, day trips or overnight
getaways,” said State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid, “and this new
Parks Explorer App is a helpful tool for families on the go to plan the perfect
adventure with ease.  To stay in the know
and make the most of your park visit, I encourage New Yorkers to download the
app today.”

New York State Executive Director of Tourism
Ross D. Levi said
, “With an unparalleled collection of
parks, historic sites and recreation trails across the state, exploring New
York’s State Parks system is a perfect complement to any Empire State vacation.
The new State Parks Explorer App will offer information and suggestions that
help keep New York a top travel destination for residents and visitors
alike.”

Interim New York State Chief Information
Officer Jeremy Goldberg,
“The Office of Information Technology
Services is proud to partner with the Office of Parks, Recreation and
Historic Preservation to share technology that makes it easier
for residents to visit parks across New York State. The Parks Explorer App allows residents to plan new outdoor
adventures prior to visiting parks and demonstrates how NYS
is harnessing the power of technology to bring New Yorkers closer to
nature.”

For the first time, this season also marks the introduction
of user-friendly credit-card acceptance at collection points including pay
stations, park offices and staffed lanes, so visitors are encouraged to take
advantage of this cashless alternative.  Before
heading to a state park or historic site, visitors are also reminded to
practice social distancing, bring and wear a face covering, respect the rules,
and do their part to keep the parks, beaches and campgrounds open and safe for
everyone.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic
Preservation oversees more than 250 parks, historic sites, recreation trails,
golf courses, boat launches and more, which are visited by 77 million people
annually. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call
518-474-0456 or visit 
www.parks.ny.gov,
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