• 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.

Lightscape / Night Sky

Sunset over the breach at Old Inlet

Enjoy Fire Island's Night Sky
Portions of Fire Island National Seashore provide opportunities to enjoy the night sky with minimal intrusion from artificial lighting. It's amazing how bright the stars can look on a clear moonless night. Or how big the moon can look as it rises over the ocean.

To best experience the night sky, Fire Island National Seashore offers opportunities for overnight stays at its Watch Hill and Sailors Haven marinas. Properly equipped boats may also anchor overnight within park boundaries in the Great South Bay. Camping is permitted at the walk-in Watch Hill Campground and by permit in the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness. Many of the Fire Island communities also provide rental opportunities or other lodging options for non-residents.

Late-night ferries to and from some of the Fire Island communities can provide a small window of opportunity to experience the island's night sky, but you have to carefully watch your time. Logistical details are a major part of life on Fire Island.

You may drive to either end of Fire Island, where parking is available at Smith Point County Park and at Robert Moses State Park. However, these parking lots may close sooner than you would like in order to watch the night sky.


Learn More
Visit the National Park Service's Nature & Science website to learn more about Natural Lightscapes.

Fire Island National Seashore occasionally offers evening programs about astronomy and the night sky.

Check program schedules for current opportunities.

Did You Know?

Flash atop black-and-white striped lighthouse tower at night.

As you cross the Great South Bay from Long Island to Fire Island, you may be able to catch a glimpse of the light atop the Fire Island Lighthouse, which appears to flash every 7½ seconds. More...