clowds_and_hudson_300-300x225Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced details of the Early Summer Camping Special for 112 state campgrounds across New York on Wednesday. The discount helps kick off the summer season for families looking for affordable getaways and coincides with the state’s broader outdoor tourism promotions highlighted earlier this month at the Governor’s Tourism Summit.

“New York has one of the nation’s largest and most beautiful State Parks systems, and with discounted rates at State campgrounds this summer we are making it easier than ever to explore the great outdoors,” Governor Cuomo said. “As we approach the summer camping season I encourage all New Yorkers and our visitors to check out the best that Mother Nature has to offer.”

The special offer includes $5 per night off regular rates through June 26 for campers making reservations using the promo code EARLYCAMP14. The deal covers New York State Parks- and Department of Environmental Conservation-operated campgrounds in nearly every region (excluding Hither Hills State Park, mooring buoys, walk-ins and previous reservations).

State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said, “Governor Cuomo has been showcasing all the exceptional natural beauty of New York State and a camping trip is one of the best ways to experience the outdoors. This special pricing may inspire visitors to try camping for an extended weekend or encourage experienced campers to explore new destinations.”

DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said, “New York has a variety of wonderful state camping sites for people of all ages and abilities, offering unforgettable outdoor experiences. Governor Cuomo has expanded opportunities for New Yorkers and visitors to enjoy outdoor recreation activities in New York, and this special promotion provides an even greater incentive to make camping part of your summer plans.”

This will be the 3rd year of this discount program which drew 4,000 camping nights during the same period last year, a 40% increase over the introductory year.

The camping discount program was highlighted at the Governor’s second Tourism Summit this year as one of the elements to promote the state’s natural assets and popular destinations. Other outdoor initiatives include the launch of a new Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife app, introduction of the state’s new Adventure License and a series of I LOVE NY ads showcasing many state parklands and recreational assets.”

Before booking and taking advantage of the Early Summer Camping Special campers can utilize the new online campground virtual tours to make planning a trip easier. Featured on the State Parks website the 360 degree campground virtual tours provide visitors a firsthand look on selected campgrounds. Additional tours of state parks and many DEC campgrounds will be added to the website this season.