Fire Island National Seashore is located within miles of the excitement of New York City and minutes to the convenience of Long Island. But to venture there is a journey to an unspoiled, pristine wilderness along 32-miles of dazzling white sand stretches and featuring some of the best beaches in New York. Don’t expect to find high-rise hotels or condominiums, or even cars for that matter, although boardwalks, marinas, restaurants, changing rooms/showers, camping and other facilities are available to accommodate tourists. Visit the historic lighthouse at the west end of Fire Island. Abundant accommodations exist nearby on Long Island and some hotel and house rentals are available in communities established on Fire Island. Access is primarily via ferry from ports on Long Island across the Great South Bay. And since Fire Island is not even ¼ mile wide in most parts, it’s an easy walk from where the ferry leaves off, to the shores of the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. And, you can grab a little red wagon to carry your beach gear.

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Following is an area tour “snapshot itinerary.” Use it alone as a day tour, or combine it with other attractions or regions for longer stays. Ask the LICVB how to make these itineraries a reality for your group.

  • Take a ferry from a Fire Island ferry terminal to Davis Park, Watch Hill or Sailors Haven
  • Light lunch at the snack shack, or bring your own picnic
  • Explore the boardwalks and natural beauty of Fire Island
  • Lounge on the beach before heading back on the ferry
  • Dinner in Sayville or Patchogue