• Miles of uncrowded white sandy beaches extend to the horizon, separating the clear blue ocean and undulating grass-covered dunes.

    Fire Island

    National Seashore New York

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  • Pet Restrictions in Effect March 15 through Labor Day

    Dogs/other pets (except for service animals) are not allowed in the wilderness or on any of Fire Island's federally owned oceanfront beaches from March 15 through Labor Day to help protect threatened and endangered beach-nesting shorebirds. More »

  • Backcountry Camping Permit and Access Procedures

    Reservations for required permits must be obtained through www.recreation.gov. Due to the breach at Old Inlet, access to both east and west wilderness camping zones must now be from Watch Hill or points west, and involve a 1½ to 8 mile hike. More »

  • Attention Watch Hill Ferry Passengers

    Due to channel conditions, delay or cancellation of ferry service between Patchogue and Watch Hill may occur. For updated ferry schedule information, please call 631-475-1665.

For Kids

Ranger leads kids on a boardwalk

A variety of special programs at Fire Island National Seashore help kids and their families explore the park.

Summer Programs

  • Join a weekly seining program, Catch of the Day, to discover the common marine life in the Great South Bay. This program is offered at Watch Hill and Sailors Haven.
  • Check out a Junior Ranger Beach Naturalist program July 5-August 30, Saturdays at 2:00 pm at Sailors Haven (631-597-6183) and Watch Hill (631-597-6455).
  • Explore the ancient maritime forest on a daily Sunken Forest Tour at Sailors Haven.

Year-Round Programs

  • Become an official Junior Ranger at Lighthouse or Wilderness Visitor Center
  • Visit our park partner, Fire Island Lighthouse, for a variety of family-friendly and educational programs.
  • Check the Schedule of Events for a complete list of Junior Ranger and family activities.

Did You Know?

Seal on beach in winter.

Seals occasionally bask on Fire Island beaches in winter. Enjoy watching them from a safe distance. Remember to give these wild mammals plenty of room to retreat if you encounter one during your winter hike! More...