Immerse yourself into Fire Island
Immerse yourself in an enchanting collage of coastal life and history. Rhythmic waves, high dunes, ancient maritime forests, historic landmarks and glimpses of wildlife, Fire Island has been a special place for diverse plants, animals and people for centuries. Far from the pressure of nearby big-city life, dynamic barrier island beaches offer both solitude and camaraderie, and spiritual renewal (NPS).
Fire Island’s maritime history precedes colonization of Long Island. Native Americans hunted and fished in the vicinity long before Colonial settlements were established. The economy and life patterns of residents have centered around the Great South Bay and Fire Island since the area was first settled.
The whaling industry, the era of the U. S. Life Saving Service, shipwrecks, habitation of the island, and the local fishing industry are some of the stories you may learn about at the Fire Island Lighthouse.
Fire Island also has a long heritage of waterfowl hunting and shellfishing on the Great South Bay.
Fire Island Communities
Seventeen communities had been developed on Fire Island before the establishment of the park. When Fire Island National Seashore was established in 1964, its enabling stated that these communities would be allowed to remain. The main communities to rent or buy each with its own charm, are Ocean Beach, Summer Club, Seaview, Ocean Bay Park, Corneille Estates, Robbins Rest and Atlantique.
Things to Do
Fire Island beaches are some of the best on Long Island, they are a gem and any visitor is recommended to enjoy them while they are on Fire Island. Ocean Beach is a popular spot on Fire island. It is known to have white sand, bay views and it is close to shopping and easy access for lunch, dinner or drinks. Boogie boarding and surfing are also great fun if you want to enjoy the surf and sun, and we provide the most up to date surf and swell information so please regularly look out for the current conditions.
Biking on Fire Island is a fun activity, as there are trails and flora and fauna to see all over. Bikes with fat tires are recommended to navigate the sandy areas. Though you can rent a bike if you wanted to bring your own bike know it is prohibited by some ferries or requires a fee on others. There are also many places along the trails where bikes are available for rent. Either way, you will enjoy the biking to see the many Places to Go on FIre Island, of which you can check out some of them below.
Where to Eat
Albatross, 320 Bay Walk, 631-583-5697
CJ’s, 479 Bay Ave., 631-583-9890
Maguire’s, 1 Bungalow Ln., 631-583-8800
Rachel’s, 325 Bay Walk, 631-583-9552
Ocean Bay Park
Flynn’s, 1 Cayuga St., 631-583-5000
Blue Whale, Harbor Walk, 631-597-6500
Pantry, 57 Picketty Ruff Walk, 631-597-6200
Floyd’s, 156 Bayview Walk
Sand Castle, 106 Lewis Walk, 631-597-4174
Top of the Bay, 159 Dock Walk, 631-597-6028
Le Dock, 62 Bay Walk, 631-583-5200
Places to Go
Fire Island Lighthouse
Fire Island’s lighthouse can be seen from the ferry ride over to the Island. Climb to the top of the tower or spend an afternoon exploring exhibits on Fire Island’s maritime history. See the First-order Fresnel Lens, meander along the boardwalks to the historic boathouse and bay, or enjoy sand and surf on the beach. Be sure to look for art shows and workshops and other programs when planning your visit. It is the tallest lighthouse on Long Island. You can see the New York City skyline from the top of the tower.
William Floyd Estate
Fire Island National Seashore also includes the ancestral home of one of New York’s four signers of the Declaration of Independence: the William Floyd Estate. Here you may learn about 250 years of family history, including the family, the land, and the house – and how it evolved through the centuries.
Fire Island’s Sunken Forest is a rare ecological community. This type of maritime holly forest is found behind well-established sand dunes along the Atlantic coast from New Jersey to Massachusetts. According to the New York Natural Heritage Program, the Sunken Forest was ranked as “globally rare,” meaning there are few remaining occurrences of this assemblage of plants throughout the world.
Today you can easily visit and explore this rare habitat from May to October, when ferries run from Sayville on Long Island to Sailors Haven. Throughout the year you may stroll along the boardwalk, although facilities (restrooms) and other services are not available when ferry service is not operating.
Discover Fire Island’s most extensive salt marsh, the beauty of the barrier island’s beaches and dunes, and the solitude of a seaside wilderness at this National Park Service site.
Watch Hill is located on the western edge of the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness, directly across the Great South Bay from Patchogue, Long Island. It is accessible by Watch Hill Ferry, private boat, and foot only.
From May to mid-October, the Watch Hill area offers a visitor center, family campground, ranger-led interpretive programs (including 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, picnic area, lifeguarded beach (summer only), restrooms, bathhouse, and pay phones.