• 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.

Public Transportation

By Bus
Bus routes operated by Suffolk County Transit provide access to the park's gateway communities, but you'll have to walk or take a taxi to get to your destination in the park.

By Plane
Islip MacArthur Airport (ISP) on Long Island is the closest to Fire Island National Seashore facilities. You can also fly into LaGuardia (LGA) or John F. Kennedy (JFK) airports, closer to New York City, then use a rental car, taxi, or train to your destination. From JFK, the Airtrain links directly to the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) at Jamaica Station.

By Train
Long Island Railroad stations are near three ferry terminals: Patchogue, Sayville, and Bay Shore. Take the Montauk Branch from Penn Station in New York City. The Bay Shore and Babylon stations provides access to the Fire Island Lighthouse, and the Mastic-Shirley Station provides access to the William Floyd Estate and Wilderness Visitor Center. Contact the Long Island Railroad for train schedules.

Ferries to Fire Island depart from the following locations: Patchogue, Sayville, and Bay Shore.

Taxi Service
Several taxi companies provide connecting service between Long Island Railroad stations or bus terminals and park sites. In Mastic-Shirley (to reach the William Floyd Estate or Wilderness Visitor Center, beside Smith Point County Park), contact Four Ones Taxi at 631-281-8581. Lindy's Taxi Service at 631-475-6213 operates in Patchogue and Sayville. Colonial Taxi at 631-589-0203 provides service in Sayville, and also provides connections to all local airports. For service in the Bay Shore and Babylon areas, contact Comfort Ride at 631-274-3434. Sunset Taxi 631-661-0027 also provides service from the Babylon Station to the Fire Island Lighthouse parking area at Robert Moses State Park, Field 5.

Did You Know?

Close view of sand showing bands of colors: white, dark grey, and reddish purple.

New York's state gem—the garnet—may be found among the sands that comprise Fire Island's beaches. Due to differences in size and weight of the grains of sand, you may sometimes see ribbons of garnet and magnatite among the white quartz, as the sand settles on the beach. More...