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.
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 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.
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?
The piping plover is a federally threatened and New York State endangered species. It may be delisted when a total of 575 breeding pairs can be maintained in New York and New Jersey for five years. Fire Island National Seashore is currently the home of 15 - 20 nesting pairs of these shorebirds. More...