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Visit DEC's aquarium and the Expo Center at the NYS Fair 8/21-9/2/19
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Free Fishing on Lake Ontario

Fish without a license now through Labor Day in some of the best fishing spots in NY - Lake Ontario (including the Lower Niagara River) and the St. Lawrence River. And with more free fishing dates coming up, it's time to give fishing a try.

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See the Catskills Like Never Before

Ready to go for a hike in the Catskills but not sure where to start? Sign up for one of our guided Hike with Us events. If you like to experience spectacular views, take the Catskills Fire Tower Five Challenge and qualify to win special prizes.