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Cyber Monday Deal Offers Discounted 2013 Empire Passport

State Parks offering parks pass at specially reduced price.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites is getting into the holiday spirit early.The Empire Passport will be discounted from $65 to $40 during a special Cyber Monday online promotion.

"One cannot put a value on all the benefits of spending time outdoors," said State Park Commissioner Rose Harvey. "Whether you are purchasing the discounted Empire Passport for loved ones or for yourself, I am pleased that we are able to offer the affordable, yet indispensable gift, of health and fun this holiday season."

The discount will strictly apply only to online orders placed between midnight and 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26. Purchases will be accepted online at www.nysparks.com during this time, but will not be accepted in person or by phone. Each customer will be able to purchase up to three passes at the reduced price.

The Empire Passport offers unlimited vehicle access to New York State Parks for all four seasons.As stated on the website, the NYS Parks Department advises residents to "be aware that a number of our parks on Long Island were severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy and may not fully open as scheduled for the 2013 season."

The 2013 Passport will be valid now through March 31, 2014, at upwards of 250 state-operated parks, recreation areas, boat launch sites, arboretums and forest preserve sites.

For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.nysparks.com, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.

George Mulligan November 26, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Thank's for the "heads up." I just ordered three Empire Passports on line in about five minutes. What a great savings. Three for less than the price of two. Last year i only bought two because I thought the price was excessive for the number of times I visited NYS Parks. This year with the reduced price Passport I will go more often.
Arguendo November 26, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Less, for less. What a bargain! "As stated on the website, the NYS Parks Department advises residents to "be aware that a number of our parks on Long Island were severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy and may not fully open as scheduled for the 2013 season."
Michelle B November 26, 2012 at 03:45 PM
perhaps off topic but why is Callahan's still closed? anyone?
Theresa Danks November 26, 2012 at 05:28 PM
I'm buying two--one for me and one as a gift. I would have bought the pass anyway, and this year they can surely use the money.
Marita Eybergen November 26, 2012 at 08:05 PM
I have saved over the years paying the latest fee $65 for a permit but to get it for $40 is a great bargin, especially if you have kids that run at the state parks or like families like mine that do "staycations" for the summer and go to the beaches every weekend that 4 trips and it is already paid for. Besides you don't have to worry to find cash to pay the toll both.
Halford November 26, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Great buy !! Pays for itself after only 4 beach visits.....
Bill November 27, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Wow!!!! Better than some plastic Christmas toy junk!!!
Jill November 27, 2012 at 10:23 AM
was this advertised anywhere prior to its expiration? was a very good deal but saw it a little too late!
rena damon November 27, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Wish I'd known about this yesterday...
Steven Wagner November 28, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Seems like an empty gesture.Only available for 24 hours?You gotta give at least a week for people to even get a chance to hear about this offer.
Alca Posner January 06, 2013 at 05:38 PM
I buy the Empire Pass every year. If I would have known about this promotion I would have bought one. I think it's unfair that it was only offered for 1 day at $40.00, and considering that most of the beaches on Long Island will not be operating, I probably will pass this year and save the $65.00. Too bad NYS, you lose out.
paul January 06, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Speaking of parking fees: Eisenhower Park charges non residents a $10 parking fee on weekends from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. I say come one come all use the park and enjoy... Drop the ridiculous fee....

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