• 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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  • New Backcountry Camping procedures

    Reservations for required permits must be obtained through Recreation.gov. Due to the breach at Old Inlet, access to both east and west wilderness camping zones must now be from Davis Park or access points west, and involve a 2½ to 10 mile hike. More »

Indoor Activities


While most of Fire Island National Seashore's resources are best enjoyed outdoors, the park does provide opportunities to get out of the sun or bad weather and learn about those things that make this such a special place.

When you visit any of our visitor centers, you may pick up a Junior Ranger Activity booklet and learn more about Fire Island. Participants will earn a special patch.

Open All Year
The Fire Island Lighthouse is open all year, weather permitting. There you may peruse two floors of interactive and two-dimensional exhibits about the maritime history of Fire Island. Guided lighthouse tower tours are also available.

The Wilderness Visitor Center is also accessible year-round by car or bus, with parking available at Smith Point County Park. Here you may explore the only federally designated wilderness area in New York State.

Open Seasonally
Fire Island National Seashore's visitor centers at Watch Hill and Sailors Haven are open seasonally, and provide an opportunity to learn about the island's natural and cultural history.

The William Floyd Estate is not open as many days or hours as the other sites, but the 1-hour guided tour through the Manor House is worth making the extra effort to catch during your visit.

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...