Cooling Centers

Cooling centers are air-conditioned facilities where you can go to cool down during extreme heat. The New York State Department of Health collects information about seasonal cooling centers and other places to cool off and get a break from the heat. This information is voluntarily submitted by local health departments and emergency management offices.

To view information for a cooling center near you, click on the Cooling Center Finder and enter in your address. The Finder also provides public transportation, driving and walking directions. You can also view a list of cooling centers by county in the List tab. Please check this website for the latest cooling center information in your county. Additional cooling centers may be activated during heat waves.

Some counties may not have cooling centers listed. Others may list places to get cool, such as shaded areas at local parks or swimming facilities at community pools and beaches. If a cooling center is not available, air-conditioned libraries, supermarkets, and malls are great places to stay cool. View our Cooling Centers FAQ for more information about how cooling centers are identified and why they are important.

Always call before you go to make sure the cooling center is open. Some cooling centers are open daily, while others are opened as needed.