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Fire Island is a long skinny stick of land stretching 32 miles parallel to Long Island's south shore. Fire Island’s roots date back to 1653, when whaling station, Whalehouse Point, was created. It's now a near-mythic place known for both its party atmosphere and its wilderness.

Four distinct visitor areas and 17 resort communities make up the island, but it's all part of the National Seashore system. One thousand-acre Robert Moses State Park with its Fire Island Lighthouse, and Sailor’s Haven beach and its Sunken Forest are highlights. No cars are allowed on most of Fire Island, where park rangers manage a number of the magnificent ...

Fire Island is a long skinny stick of land stretching 32 miles parallel to Long Island's south shore. Fire Island’s roots date back to 1653, when whaling station, Whalehouse Point, was created. It's now a near-mythic place known for both its party atmosphere and its wilderness.

Four distinct visitor areas and 17 resort communities make up the island, but it's all part of the National Seashore system. One thousand-acre Robert Moses State Park with its Fire Island Lighthouse, and Sailor’s Haven beach and its Sunken Forest are highlights. No cars are allowed on most of Fire Island, where park rangers manage a number of the magnificent white sand beaches. Sailing, surfing, fishing, wandering the boardwalks on cruiser-style bikes, clamming, tennis, beach lounging and general escapism from anything resembling real life are the big draws here. Fleets of classic red wagons await: mobile souvenir shops, filled with hand-painted shells and driftwood, and cargo haulers for tiny sun-bleached entrepreneurs hoping to drag visitors’ groceries back to their cottages to make a buck or two for an ice cream.

Sascha Zuger
About the Expert

Sascha Zuger is the author of the New York State Moon Handbook, the travel novel Girl Overboard (under the pseudonym Aimee Ferris), and is a freelancer for publications such as National Geographic Traveler, the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Memorial Day to Labor Day for summer fun, August and September for surfing