What types of events and park ranger programs are offered at Fire Island?
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How do I get to Fire Island?
You can drive to the Fire Island Lighthouse or to the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness on either end of Fire Island National Seashore, but you can't drive the length of the island. Mid-island attractions like Watch Hill, Sailors Haven, and Fire Island communities may be accessed by passenger ferry or private boat. Water taxis run during the season and are a means to get from one place to another on Fire Island.
- From 495 take exit 53S to Sagtikos Parkway to Southern State Parkway (2 exits)
- From Southern Parkway take exit 40S
- From Sunrise Highway take exit 41S Robert Moses Causeway
You may carry your gear into the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness from Watch Hill for a "backcountry" or "wilderness" camping experience either on the beach or behind the dunes, depending on the time of year. Most backcountry campers take a passenger ferry from Patchogue on Long Island to access the wilderness. Reservations are required and a small fee is charged to process the permit.
What can I do for fun on Fire Island?
Fire Island is yours to explore! In season, you may swim, surf, sunbathe, fish, hike, and much, much more.
From mid-October through mid-May, visitors enjoy a hiking, beach combing, photography, and indoor and outdoor ranger-guided programs.
There are no entrance fees on Fire Island. However, you should plan to pay for parking and/or passenger ferry or water taxi fees for most places on Fire Island.
Can I drive on the beach?
Please visit the Oversand Vehicle Operation page for more information.
Winter offers visitors the opportunity to experience a side of the Seashore most summer beachgoers miss. Nature lovers enjoy birding and botanizing behind the dunes this time of year without pesky ticks and mosquitoes. Many waterfowl come just for the winter months, dabbling and diving in the Great South Bay, while Snowy Owls can be seen searching tall grasses for their small mammal prey. Powerful winter storm waves leave behind tiny treasures on the beach, like shells and sea glass, drawing beach combers from near and far. And, when the snow is sufficient, some folks will even cross-country ski by the sea!
Hardy hikers delight in the three-mile round-trip hike to the breach, an opening in the barrier island created by Hurricane Sandy. This ranger-guided walk through undulating back dune habitat and across the windswept beach explores New York's only federally designated wilderness.