Basic Information

Aerial view of Fire Island National Seashore
Fire Island National Seashore's Headquarters is located in Patchogue on Long Island. Get directions to National Park Service sites on Fire Island and to the William Floyd Estate, a unit of the seashore located in Mastic Beach on Long Island.

Spring: Temperatures may range from high 30s to low 50s (F). Rain and sun are equally common. Summer: Temperatures usually range from 65 F to 90 F. Fall: Temperatures from 70 F in early autumn to 40 F later in the season may be expected. Winter: Temperatures in the 30s (F) are common, with below freezing temperatures possible.

Entrance Fees:

No Entrance Fee - $0.00

There are no entrance fees for Fire Island National Seashore but plan to pay parking and/or transportation fees for most sites.

The Fire Island Lighthouse and Wilderness Visitor Center, located on the west and east ends of Fire Island respectively, are accessible by car year-round. Please be sure to check hours of operation or call when planning your visit. 

The William Floyd Estate, located in Mastic Beach on Long Island, is open from Memorial Day to Veterans Day and offers some off-season programs.

Watch Hill and Sailors Haven, accessible by private boat, passenger ferry, or on foot from nearby Fire Island communities, are open mid-May to mid-October. 

Fire Island Lighthouse

The Fire Island Lighthouse is on the western part of Fire Island National Seashore, adjacent to Robert Moses State Park. The Fire Island Lighthouse area offers exhibits, a nature trail, interpretive programs and curriculum-based fourth grade education programs (school groups by reservation only). There is walking access to the Lighthouse Beach (no lifeguards).

Sailors Haven Visitor Center

In addition to a one and a half mile long boardwalk trail through the Sunken Forest, Sailors Haven also offers a visitor center; snack bar/convenience store/gift shop; picnic tables and grills; lifeguarded beach (summer only); a 45-slip public marina with electricity, water and a free boat pump-out station; restrooms and showers.

Watch Hill Visitor Center

The Watch Hill area offers a visitor center, family campground, ranger-led interpretive programs (including free guided canoe trips), a 175-slip transient marina with water, electric, and pump-out station; a small convenience store, snack bar, self-guiding nature trail, restrooms, and lifeguarded beach (summer only).

William Floyd Estate

The Estate, which was authorized as an addition to Fire Island National Seashore in 1965, is located on the mainland of Long Island in Mastic Beach, New York. The Estate contains the ancestral house, grounds, and cemetery of the William Floyd family. William Floyd, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born in the house in 1734. The Estate grounds are open 1 hour before and 1 after the operating hours listed below.

Wilderness Visitor Center

The Fire Island Wilderness Visitor Center includes a ranger contact station, 360-degree view of undeveloped barrier island, Eastern National sales outlet, and exhibit space. Rangers issue permits for backcountry camping, and for recreational driving and waterfowl hunting in season.

Fire Island is a favorite summer stop for many but fewer people enjoy its beauty in the spring, fall, and winter. No matter when you plan to visit, you will want to plan ahead.

When and where you go will determine whether you can take your own car or boat, or a passenger ferry to get there. Visit the links below for more information or check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Getting to Fire Island
Getting Around on Fire Island
  • Hiking
  • Bicycling
  • Boating
  • Water Taxi - Please note that lateral transportation typically takes place on foot or by water. There are no land taxis and bicycles are not permitted on all boardwalks.
Staying on Fire Island
  • Camping options include primitive/backcountry camping and a family tent campground on Fire Island, and a tent and trailer campground within Smith Point County Park.
  • Lodging within Fire Island communities.
  • Goods & Services
  • Pets are permitted in many places on Fire Island but are not allowed on ocean beaches from March 15 through Labor Day.
Fun on Fire Island

Last updated: May 13, 2018

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Mailing Address:

120 Laurel Street
Patchogue, NY 11772


(631) 687-4750

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