• 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.

Operating Hours & Seasons

Parts of Fire Island are accessible all year, but most people come during the summer months (late-June through September) when the weather is most favorable for beach related activities. In the off-season (October through April), public transportation to the island may be limited, and some services on various parts of the island are unavailable.

Open all year (hours vary by season):

Open mid-May through mid-October:

Open mid-May through mid-November:

Summer 2014 Opening Dates
Snack bar and retail will be unavailable the weekend of May 9, 2014. Please plan your camping and boating trips accordingly. Restrooms and showers will be available and water/electric stanchions at marina slips identified by dock-master will also be available.

Visitor Centers
  • Fire Island Lighthouse: Through June 30: Open daily, 9:30 am-5 pm
  • Sailors Haven: May 17, 2014
  • Watch Hill: May 17, 2014
  • Wilderness: Through June: Open Friday-Sunday & Holidays, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
  • William Floyd Estate: May 23-November 11: Grounds open Friday-Sunday and holidays, 9:00 am-5:00 pm; Old Mastic House Tours Friday-SUnday and holidays, 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Sailors Haven: May 9, 2014
  • Watch Hill: May 9, 2014
Family Campground
  • Watch Hill Campground: May 9, 2014
Restaurants and Snack Bars
  • Sailors Haven: May 17, 2014
  • Watch Hill: May 17, 2014
  • The Pier Restaurant: May 23, 2014
  • Sailors Haven Gift Shop: May 17, 2014
  • Watch Hill General Store: May 17, 2014

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...