Today Governor Hochul announced the “Get Offline, Get Outside” campaign which will include free entry into New York State Park swimming pools for the rest of the summer.

This time of year without the structure of the school day, some days it is nearly impossible to pry our kids away from screen time. One thing that gets them dropping those screens and moving is the opportunity to visit our local pools in Clifton Park. Now, getting your kids out and about to spend some time at our state park swimming pools just got more affordable.

Governer Hocul Announces “Get Offline, Get Outside” Campaign

Susan Watts/Office of Kathy Hochul
Susan Watts/Office of Kathy Hochul

To get kids to spend less time on screens and social media, and more time socializing with friends, New York is launching the  “Get Offline, Get Outside” Campaign. Governor Hochul's office announced today the campaign will encourage kids to "...enjoy recreation and outdoor social gatherings."

To achieve this, the state is waiving entry fees for the swimming pools at all New York state parks and the Governor's office says the state is also launching the "...$1.5 million Connect Kids to Swimming Instruction Transportation Grant program to help with transportation to swimming lessons as part of the NY SWIMS initiative." The SWIMS program invests in pools in "underserved communities."

Which New York State Parks Will Have Free Entry To Swimming Pools?

The full list of pools includes some great destinations like Letchworth State Park Pool in the Finger Lakes, Watkins Glen State Park Pool in the Southern Tier, Keewaydin State Park Pool in Alexandria.

New York State Park pools in the Hudson Valley, New York City, Long Island, Mohawk Valley, and Western New York will also offer free pool entry for the rest of the season.

See The Gorgeous $8.5 Million Home On Lake George With One-Of-A Kind Indoor Pool

Yes, you can look at one beautiful body of water while swimming in your own indoor body of water. That is just one of the amazing features of this home that just sold for $8.35 Million on Lake Shore Drive in Bolton Landing.

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10 Stunning Capital Region Backyard Pools You Can Rent By the Hour

In an airbnb world, this may be one of the most genius ideas I have seen. Swimply has been around for a few years now and they basically apply the host rental strategy to pools: you can visit the website to find someone's backyard pool near you that you can rent by the hour. Many of these sweet backyard getaways also feature other great amenities like firepits, grills, and more. So the next time you want to cool off for an afternoon, avoid the crowded city pools and rent one of these backyard stunners!

Gallery Credit: Matty Jeff


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