• 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:

Fall 2014 Hours of Operation
Open daily, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm through November 1
Open daily, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm November 2 to mid-December
Lighthouse Tours: Weekdays - 1 pm - 4 pm, Weekends - 10 am - 4 pm (through November 1)
Weekdays - 1 pm - 3 pm, Weekends - 10 am - 3 pm (through mid-December)

10:00 am- 4:00 pm, Wednesday-Sunday and Holidays (except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day)

Watch Hill:
September 6 - October 13: Weekends and Columbus Day Monday, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Salt Marsh Meander Tours 11:30 am: Weekends and Columbus Day Monday

Sailors Haven:
September 6 - October 13: Weekends and Columbus Day Monday, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunken Forest Tours 11:30 am: Weekends and Columbus Day Monday

Did You Know?

Two boats side-by-side on the water.

Many boating accidents and drownings are alcohol-related. National Park Service rangers and other officers conduct safe boating checks and enforce boating under the influence (BUI) laws on the Great South Bay. More...