The Monroe County Library System is proud to offer Empire Passes for New York State Parks, which allows users to borrow free admission passes to hundreds of New York State Parks. The Empire Pass is your ticket to the great outdoors!–swim, hike, fish, play; it’s all free!
Here’s how it works:
- Visit your participating local library and check out an Empire Pass–just like a book!
- Take the pass to a participating park and enjoy FREE admission!
- After you have enjoyed a great day, return the pass to the library.
Where to visit
The pass is usable at many New York State park facilities, such as Cayuga Lake, Letchworth, Stony Brook, Watkins Glen and Pine Grove Boat Launch. For a full list of locations around New York State visit https://parks.ny.gov/documents/admission/EmpirePassCardGuidelines.pdf
Using the Empire Pass
The Empire Pass permits unlimited vehicle access to most facilities operated by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The Empire pass in useable for all motor vehicles except those used in the business of transporting passengers for hire including public or private buses, shuttles, taxis, limousines or other livery vehicles. The Empire Pass will not be accepted if it has been altered in any way. The Empire Pass must be presented upon entry to the facility. Without the pass, you will be required to pay the vehicle entry fee. Lost or stolen passes will be reported to the New York State Parks and will be charged a replacement fee.
Special thanks to the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library for their generous support of this program, available to everyone in Monroe County!