• 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.

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?

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...