Long Island, NY - August 3, 2016 - The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is pleased to announce that several Long Island State Parks will remain open during the nighttime hours for viewing of the Perseids Meteor Shower on the evening of Thursday, August 11, 2016. Peak viewing times are 11:00PM, Thursday, August 11th until dawn the next morning.
There will be no charge and the normal star gazing permit will not be required. You must remain near your vehicle.
We suggest that you dress appropriately, bring bug spray, and a chair that reclines. Binoculars are not necessary. Look towards the northeast and enjoy the celestial show.
State Parks that will remain open for viewing are:
- Jones Beach State Park - West End II
- Gov. Alfred E. Smith/Sunken Meadow State Park - Field 3
- Montauk Point State Park - Upper Parking Lot
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 180 state parks and 35 historic sites, which are visited by 65 million people annually. A recent study found that New York State Parks generates $1.9 billion in economic activity annually and supports 20,000 jobs. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474- 0456 or visit www.nysparks.com.