Fire Island

Fire Island continues to be a popular Long Island destination throughout the year. There are no blaring horns like nearby New York City because there are no cars. Stars twinkle brighter in the dark skies, and rhythmic waves roll up to beautiful white beaches and towering dunes. The chic and charming beach house and boardwalk ambiance attracts artists, musicians, writers, and actors from all over.

For decades, it’s also been a major LGBTQ+ haven and tourist destination, particularly the communities of Fire Island Pines and Cherry Grove. The latter is often referred to as America’s first gay and lesbian town.

While only 32 miles long and about a mile wide, Fire Island has a large amount of attractions. You can swim, sunbathe, hike, fish, boat, kayak, canoe, camp or photograph a breathtaking sunset or natural wildlife. The island is a popular hotspot for unique natural habitats, historic lighthouses, and LGBTQ+ history.

Sink your toes and tent in the sand while you camp or glamp. Fire Island is home to both family-friendly lodging or adults-only hotspots, so there's fun for all ages with a waterfront view.

Lobster, shrimp, oysters, clams, mussels, and fish are the more popular cuisines on Fire Island, but visitors can also enjoy classic burgers, sandwiches, and sweets.

You can drive to Fire Island, but only by bridges on either end. You can’t drive end to end. Instead, take a ferry to Fire Island. The ferry ride is 30 minutes with departures from morning to late afternoon. To book tickets, visit the Fire Island Ferry website or download the app. You can also take the Fire Island Water Taxi or private boat.

Fire Island Regions

Kismet: West End

Take the ferry over, or choose to take a scenic stroll from Robert Moses Field 5 to Kismet for waterfront dining.

The Pines: East End

Luxurious and sophisticated LGBTQ+ resort community recognized by its iconic zigzag boardwalks.


Live Video Feeds 

Cameras courtesy of Palms Hotel Fire Island

Palms Ferry View

More From Long Island