Visitor Centers

Open All Year

The Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society staffs a contact facility and museum at the Fire Island Lighthouse, open all year. You may purchase a wide selection of maritime books, souvenirs and other items at the Lighthouse gift shop.

A small National Park Service-operated visitor center, located on the east end of the island adjacent Smith Point County Park, serves as the eastern entrance to New York State's only federally-designated wilderness area, the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness. The Wilderness Visitor Center offers a bookstore, aquaria, exhibits and ranger-guided programs year-round.

Open Seasonally

Small visitor centers are open mid-May through mid-October at Sailors Haven and Watch Hill. Here you can get the latest update on programs and wildlife sightings, see what's in the aquaria, and purchase additional books and educational items to help make your visit more meaningful.

The William Floyd Estate, open mid-May through mid-November, includes a small orientation exhibit and book sales counter in the historic manor house. Discover Long Island's colonial history and learn more about one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence at this park site.

While there is no major visitor center in Patchogue, you may pick up brochures and find more information at park headquarters on weekdays.

Blue booklet with gold lettering: Passport to your National Parks.
You may stamp your passport book (or buy one if you don't have one already), at any of the visitor contact facilities listed above.

Visitor Center Hours

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. 

Last updated: May 13, 2018

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Mailing Address:

120 Laurel Street
Patchogue, NY 11772


(631) 687-4750

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