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:
Ranger-led interpretive activities are primarily scheduled for summer months at all locations.
Be sure to review the train and ferry schedules in advance, and pay particular attention to the return schedules. Ferries run regularly to the island in the summer months but are limited in the off-season. See "Directions" for park access information.
Schedule a full day for your visit to each part of Fire Island, since getting to and from the island requires more time than you might expect. There is no paved road running through Fire Island to connect each destination.
Be sure you allow plenty of time to enjoy the seashore.
Did You Know?
Lifeguarded beaches are provided at Fire Island National Seashore during the summer at Watch Hill and Sailors Haven. More...