• 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.

Where To Eat

The concession-operated snack bars at Watch Hill and Sailors Haven are open seasonally (mid-May through mid-October) at National Park Service facilities. Fire Island Concessions also operates The Pier at Watch Hill restaurant, open weekends during the summer.

Several Fire Island communities also have eating establishments, and food is available seasonally at Robert Moses and Captree state parks and Smith Point County Park.

If you're planning to visit any time between mid-October and mid-May, or on weekdays from Labor Day to mid-October and mid-May to late June, be sure to verify that food service will be available at your destination. If not, bring along your own food and drink. Most public restrooms on Fire Island are not winterized and thus are closed from late-October through early May.

Fire Island National Seashore is a carry-in, carry-out park, so please plan to pack out your trash. Also be respectful of restrictions in some communities where food and drink are not allowed on the beach or in other areas.

Expect to pay slightly higher prices on Fire Island. Numerous restaurants are located on Long Island.

Did You Know?

Coral-pink sunrise over low, dark silhouette of the island, a sliver of calm bay water to the left and gentle ocean waves to the right.

Barrett Beach/Talisman is one of the narrowest parts of 32-mile-long Fire Island. You can easily walk from one side of the island to the other—bay to ocean—in 5 minutes or less. More...