Getting To and Around Fire Island


Driving to Fire Island Sites and the William Floyd Estate

You can access the Fire Island Lighthouse, Wilderness Visitor Center, and William Floyd Estate year-round by car. The Fire Island Lighthouse and Wilderness Visitor Center are located on Fire Island and are open throughout the year. Get Directions.

There are no paved roads on Fire Island National Seashore. Once on Fire Island, you may explore the island on foot or transfer from one site to another by water taxi. Bicycles are permitted in some Fire Island communities but are not permitted on boardwalks at National Park Service facilities. Learn more about Getting Around Fire Island.

The William Floyd Estate is the historic home of William Floyd, one of four New York signers of the Declaration of Independence, and is located in Mastic Beach on mainland Long Island. The Estate is open mid-May to mid-November and for special programs in the winter.

Driving Permits

A very limited number of year-round residents, contractors, and other service providers are issued permits to drive on park lands for specific purposes.

If you’re visiting in the summer, you should see few of these vehicles. National Park Service, Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau, and other official use vehicles must not be expected to provide transportation between locations.

Boating to Fire Island

For a fee, transient slips may be available at Watch Hill and Sailors Haven, and at some of the local communities and waterfront restaurants, but space is often limited. Off-shore mooring is allowed at this time without a permit.

The use of personal watercraft—PWCs or JetSkis—is restricted within the boundaries of the park except in marked channels to some of the Fire Island communities.

You may bring your canoe, kayak, dinghy, or shallow-draft vessel onto the shoreline in the park, but the boat may not be tied to public docks or boardwalks.

Take a passenger ferry to Fire Island communities or to Sailors Haven or Watch Hill on Fire Island.

Last updated: August 10, 2017

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