• 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.

Visitor Centers

Children explore the fish tank at Sailors Haven Visitor Center.
Small National Park Service-operated visitor centers are open seasonally at Sailors Haven, Watch Hill, and at the eastern entrance to the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness. Here you may get the latest update on programs and wildlife sightings, see what's in the aquaria, and purchase additional books and educational items to help make your visit more meaningful.

The Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society staffs a contact facility and museum at the Fire Island Lighthouse, open all year. You may purchase a wide selection of maritime books, souvenirs and other items at the Lighthouse gift shop.

The William Floyd Estate, open seasonally, includes a small orientation exhibit and book sales counter in the historic manor house. You may learn more about Long Island's colonial history and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence at this park site.

While there is no major visitor center in Patchogue, you may pick up brochures or obtain Golden Age and Access passports at park headquarters on weekdays.

Blue booklet with gold lettering: Passport to your National Parks.
You may stamp your passport book (or buy one if you don't have one already), at any of the visitor contact facilities listed above.

Did You Know?

Flash atop black-and-white striped lighthouse tower at night.

As you cross the Great South Bay from Long Island to Fire Island, you may be able to catch a glimpse of the light atop the Fire Island Lighthouse, which appears to flash every 7½ seconds. More...