New York state parks, historic sites and campgrounds welcomed nearly 38.6 million visitors from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day 2015. According to a release from Governor Cuomo, the NY state park system saw a 9.6-percent increase in attendance from the same summer period in 2014.

Park attendance was boosted by the return of fireworks to Jones Beach State Park; national exposure for Letchworth and Watkins Glen State Parks, which were ranked first and third best state parks in the nation by USA Today; improvements to the newly designated Buffalo Harbor State Park on the city’s waterfront; favorable weather through the summer; and a late season.