Getting to Fire Island

By Public Ferry
Many people get to Fire Island communities and National Park Service (NPS) sites on Fire Island by boat. Ferries to Fire Island are passenger ferries only and depart from the following locations:

Patchogue/Long Island to Watch Hill (NPS site)

The Davis Park Ferry runs to Watch Hill, a National Park Service site with a marina, snack bar, gift shop, visitor center, family tent campground, and access to the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness and wilderness/backcountry cmaping.

The Davis Park Ferry also operates ferry service to the community of Davis Park from the ferry terminal at Sandspit Park.

Sayville/Long Island to Sailors Haven (NPS site)

The Sayville Ferry Service operates ferry service to Sailors Haven.

The Savyille Ferry Service also runs ferries from the Sayville ferry terminal to the communities of Cherry Grove and Fire Island Pines.

Bay Shore/Long Island to western Fire Island Communities

Fire Island Ferries runs ferries to the westernmost Fire Island communities.

Ferries operate on a full schedule during July and August, with fewer ferries in spring and fall. The ferry terminals on Long Island can be reached by car, bus, train, taxi or shuttle van.

For directions to ferry terminals, please visit: Getting to Long Island and Fire Island Portals


By Car

There are two bridges to Fire Island. You may get to two of Fire Island National Seashore's island-based facilities by car year-round.

On the west end of Fire Island, the Robert Moses Causeway leads to parking fields at Robert Moses State Park. From parking Field 5, you may walk about 3/4-mile along a boardwalk or the ocean beach to the Fire Island Lighthouse. Parking fees are charged in season.

On the east end of Fire Island, the William Floyd Parkway leads to Smith Point County Park where you may park (for a fee in season). The Wilderness Visitor Center is the octagonal brown building west of that parking lot, and is a gateway to the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness.

Please Note: There are no paved roads on Fire Island between these two points.

Looking for directions to the Wiliam Floyd Estate? Find out how to get to Long Island sites and Fire Island Portals (ferry terminals).


By Private Boat
Many Fire Island sites can be reached by private boat from the Great South Bay, with marinas at Watch Hill, Sailors Haven, and some island communities.

The bay is shallow, and boaters occasionally moor offshore near park sites. Personal watercraft, or jet skis, are restricted with the Fire Island National Seashore boundary. Jet skis are only allowed within seashore boundaries in the Long Island Intercoastal Waterway and in marked channels to some private communities on Fire Island. Learn more.

Once on Fire Island, water taxis can shuttle you from point to point at some locations.

Last updated: March 15, 2017

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