Many New York state parks may have opened late this year but that didn’t stop people from visiting, WCAX-TV, Burlington, Vt., reported.

Attendance is up 3.5% from last year. State officials say more than 42 million people packed the parks through the end of August, 1.4 million more than last year. Parks officials credit good weather for the strong attendance, although overnight stays at state campgrounds dipped three percent. Several parks and historic sites opened late due to the budget crisis.

Overall visits to Vermont’s state parks are up nearly 20% over last year.