• 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

There are park alerts in effect.
show Alerts »
  • 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.

Fire Island Offers Special Programs in October 2011

Interpretive Programs collage.

Subscribe RSS Icon | What is RSS
News Release Date: October 3, 2011

Although services are winding down on parts of Fire Island, special tours and seasonal programs are planned for October 2011. The fall can also be a great time to explore the park on your own when the weather cools and "critters" like mosquitoes and ticks are less abundant.

Ferry service to Watch Hill and Sailors Haven, which is already limited to weekends, will end for the season on Monday, October 10. The visitor centers and snack bars at each of these sites also close on October 10. However, the two marinas and the Watch Hill Campground will remain open until October 25.

The William Floyd Estate will continue to be open until November 13, on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In addition to the guided tours of the Old Mastic House (offered every half-hour between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. when the grounds are open), a variety of indoor and outdoor programs are offered in October:

  • October 8, 10 am - Old Mastic House: A Simple Architectural Tour
  • October 22, 10 am  - Trees, Wood and Tools: The Colonial Uses of Wood
  • October 29, 10 am  - Documents in Stone
  • October 30, 10 am - Wildflowers in Autumn

For more information about programs at the William Floyd Estate, or to make reservations, call 631-399-2030.

At the Wilderness Visitor Center (631-281-3010), a special program for beginning birders will provide instruction and useful hints to help people better observe the annual fall migration of birds.  Later in the month, local musicians will share their stories through song.

  • October 15, 10 am - Birding for Beginners
  • October 28, 7 pm - Shipmates: Sea Chanties

 

The Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society is offering two special programs this month at the Fire Island Lighthouse.

  • October 15, 6 pm - Lighthouse Lantern Light Walk
  • October 29, 7 pm - Ghost Stories and Legends of Fire Island

A new stop on the lantern tour this year will be the interior of the new Fresnel Lens Building, where the Fire Island Lighthouse's original 1858 lighting apparatus is now on display.

For more information about programs at the Fire Island Lighthouse, or to make reservations, call 631-661-4876.

Did You Know?

PWC passes a green channel marker in bay near wooded shoreline and salt marsh.

The use of personal watercraft (PWCs or JetSkis) is restricted within the boundaries of Fire Island National Seashore. While not permitted at National Park Service facilities or near shorelines, PWCs may use the marked channels to access some of the Fire Island communities. More...