Planning a trip Fire Island or You’ve decided to come to Fire Island. You’ve looked at all of the things to do and see, checked out the dining and lodging options, and maybe have some ideas on what activities you want to do while you’re here. We’ve compiled some guides for day trips and vacations on Fire Island that will help you plan your trip here.
With the return of beach season, so too flock the crowds to Fire Island, the barrier island simultaneously known as a popular tourist destination and a hidden gem full of natural wonders.
But Fire Island is much more than that dichotomy allows. It’s home to Robert Moses State Park on the west end, Smith Point County Park on the east end and a national park featuring an eight-mile wilderness preserve. And in the middle, accessible by ferry only, are 17 car-free communities—most of which are strictly residential with a few having downtowns offering shops and nightlife.