Nighttime Activities at NYS Parks

With Halloween around the corner, we're getting in the spooky spirit, looking for ways to explore the outdoors after dark. Parks and historic sites around New York State provide ample opportunities for beautiful sights and goosebumps, spooky or not. We’ve compiled a list of nighttime activities to take your Halloween spirit outside at a park or historic site near you. We've also compiled a list of parks that are open after dusk for that special stargazing experience.


Taconic Region

Moonwalk, Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, October 26

Legends by Candlelight Ghost Tours, Clermont State Historic Site, October 27

Genesee Region

Crepuscular Walks: Full Moon Over the Gorge, Letchworth State Park, October 24

Niagara Region

Fall Foliage Photography Walk, Knox Farm State Park, October 20

Full Moon over the Falls, Knox Farm State Park, October 24

Full Moon Adventure Series: Harvest Moon, Niagara Falls State Park, October 24

Thousand Islands Region

Creatures of the Night Hike for Adults, Point Au Roche State Park, October 11

Luminarias on North Field Loop, Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, October 27

Saratoga/Capital District Region

Critters of the Night Hike at Thacher Nature Center, Thacher State Park, October 26



Parks aren’t just for the daylight hours. Nature takes on a whole new quality after the sun goes down. You can go stargazing and see the Draconids Meteor Shower, the Orionids Meteor Shower, or see Uranus in the night sky. You can go for a nighttime run or hike, tell scary stories over a campfire or candlelight picnic, and listen for a wealth of nocturnal wildlife. Instead of mourning the loss of daylight, you can celebrate the extra hours of seeing New York's beautiful parks and trails in a whole new light. Just don't be surprised when you find yourself howling at the moon in delight.

Finger Lakes Region

Buttermilk Falls State Park

Palisades Region

Harriman State Park

Storm King State Park

Long Island Region

Brookhaven State Park

Captree State Park

Gilgo State Park

Wildwood State Park

Genesee Region

Darien Lakes State Park

Genesee Valley Greenway State Park

Hamlin Beach State Park

Lakeside Beach State Park

Letchworth State Park

Oak Orchard State Marine Park

Silver Lake State Park

New York City Region

Gantry Plaza State Park

Riverbank State Park

Roberto Clemente State Park

Niagara Region

Joseph Davis State Park

Woodlawn Beach State Park

Thousand Islands Region

Point Au Roche State Park

Saratoga/Capital District Region

Schodack Island State Park