Fire Island National Seashore

Fire Island National Seashore stands as an icon of the east coast with a fascinating maritime history that pre-dates the colonization of Long Island. Its unique formation buffers the beautiful seacoast, creating a shellfish-rich lagoon system that has provided nourishment for the settlers of the area since ancient Native American populations inhabited the small island. Whaling industries boosted Fire Island's notoriety during the 17th and 18th centuries, paving the way for today's visitors to hear old tales of pirates and shipwrecks. One pirate in particular, Jeremiah Smith, made Fire Island his home and was its first permanent resident. Among the most popular places to visit is the Fire Island Lighthouse, a historical treasure that once welcomed transatlantic ships to the shores of America. Now, the entirety of this majestic area is the perfect getaway for island goers who want to spend a relaxing day on or offshore enjoying activities such as swimming, fishing, surfing, camping, sightseeing, and shopping. 

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Fire Island National Seashore

At Fire Island National Seashore, never-ending opportunities to enjoy its beauty and history abound at special destinations located throughout the island. To access some of the most remote attractions in the park, stop at the Sayville Ferry Service to purchase a one-way or round-trip ticket to Fire Island Pines and Cherry Grove, Water Island, or Sailors Haven / Sunken Forest, or park near either end of the island to explore the area on foot. Fantastic hiking trails encourage discovery as they take visitors to historical landmarks such as Fire Island Lighthouse and Carrington House. During leisurely walks along the shore, don't be surprised to see dolphins and harbor seals or the occasional red fox and families of white-tailed deer.

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How To Get To Fire Island National Seashore

To access Fire Island from the William Floyd Estate, drive three miles south on Route 46, and then make a left on Havenwood Drive. Continue for two miles on Neighborhood Road. Make a left on Park Drive. From there, the entrance to the park is about a quarter of a mile away on the right.

Be advised that most attractions at Fire Island require a passenger ferry service to reach them directly as there is no paved road to connect the two ends of Fire Island.


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Fee: Entry Fee (per person)

While there is no fee to enter Fire Island National Seashore, seasonal parking and transportation fees may be charged at various locations outside of the National Services boundaries.

A visit to Fire Island National Seashore is a fun and informative experience that should be enjoyed by anyone interested in exploring the unique nautical heritage of the area while traveling in an RV. Though ferry rides are necessary to access parts of the island, the short trips from the shore are well worth the slight effort as they offer more fantastic ways to view Fire Island and its wildlife inhabitants.