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State Parks, DEC announce 'Cyber Monday' shopping special

by jmaloni

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Wed, Nov 27th 2013 07:00 am

Bonus camping gift card for all who book stay Dec. 2

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the state Department of Environmental Conservation are offering a bonus, $25 camping gift card to all persons who book a two-night minimum stay online on "Cyber Monday," Dec. 2. Reservations have to be made at: http://newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com/ from midnight to 11:59 p.m.

"Camping in New York state is all about enjoying nature, building lifelong memories, and doing so at a super, affordable price for families," said State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey. "This special is unique because it will allow our loyal customers to come back and camp even cheaper next time or gift the card to someone who has yet to experience all that camping in New York state has to offer."

"New York state campgrounds offer many unique camping experiences at very diverse locations. It's this diversity that ensures that, whatever your tastes, we have a facility you will love," said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. "We see this promotion as a great opportunity for our returning campers to get in an extra camping trip next season, or as a perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for outdoor-enthusiast."

Persons who book on "Cyber Monday" this year will be able to make a reservation through the 2014 Labor Day weekend, pending availability, some restrictions may apply. With more than 15,000 campsites, New York has more state operated campsites than anywhere else in the nation.

In 2012, State Parks reported a record high year with campsites and cabins occupied for 578,428 nights. This year, camping is more popular than ever as State Parks is currently setting new records with more than 4,000 more nights more than last year. With secluded woodland campsites, lakeside cabins, full service cottage rentals and unique lodging, there is a camping opportunity for any interest.

During the summer of 2013, more than 1.6 million visitors enjoyed DEC's facilities in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks. The operation of campgrounds and day use areas generates substantial revenue, provides local employment opportunities and makes a significant contribution to New York state's economy. It is particularly important to the economic health and wellbeing of the tourism-based industry in communities throughout the Adirondack and Catskill regions.

State Parks maintains and oversees 179 state parks and 35 historic sites, which house 8,300-plus campsites at 113 campgrounds. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-486-1868 or visit www.nysparks.com, connect on Facebook, or follow along on Twitter.

The New York State DEC manages 52 campgrounds and six day-use areas located in the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves. DEC's facilities attract approximately 1.8 million visitors annually. For information on all of these facilities, call 518-457-2500 or visit www.dec-campgrounds.com, or "Like" the DEC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NYSDECcampgrounds.

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