Whether you’re interested in renting a property on Fire Island for a night or a few weeks, contact Fire Island Pines. Offering a wide selection of well-appointed properties, from quaint bungalows to expansive houses, the staff at Fire Island Properties will help you find the perfect home away from home.
If you’re looking to take a break from it all and spend some quality time with your family but you don’t want to travel far, look no further than Fire Island! This 31 mile barrier island runs parallel to the southern shore of Long Island. The north shore of this island lies on the Great South Bay and the south shore hugs the Atlantic Ocean. To the west sits Robert Moses State Park, and Smith Point County Park encompasses the eastern end. In between, there’s a national park, the tallest lighthouse on Long Island, meandering paths, an abundance of flora and fauna, picturesque towns, and of course, plenty of beaches – oh, and there aren’t any cars allowed. In other words, Fire Island is the perfect family retreat.
If you’ve never been to Fire Island and you want to plan a trip that you and your family will remember for a lifetime, here’s a look at some handy tips that will ensure your getaway is a success.
How to Get There
Since no cars are allowed on Fire Island (which is part of its appeal, especially when small children are involved), the only way to get there is by boat.
You can rent a boat or sail your own and dock at one of the many marinas, such as Davis Park Marina, Fire Island Marina, Seaview Marina, or the Ocean Beach Dock. However, if you go this route, make sure you choose a dock that is easily accessible to your destination. Additionally, call ahead to ensure that there is room for your vessel. Fire Island is a sailor’s haven (in fact, there’s even a town named Sailors Haven, which also has a marina), so there’s a chance that a slip may not be available at your preferred destination.
Alternatively, you can take one of the many ferries that run from Long Island to Fire Island. Ferry locations include Patchogue, Sayville, and Bay Shore. Vessels run throughout the day, but just make sure you check the schedule before so you know when to arrive. Additionally, you might want to purchase your tickets in advance to secure spots for you and your family. Whichever ferry you choose, it will take about 30 minutes to get to Fire Island. All ferries land at some of the most popular family-friendly destinations, such as Sailors Haven, Ocean Beach, and Davis Park.
A point to note about taking a ferry: If you’re staying on Fire Island for a prolonged period of time and have a lot of gear, look into shipping your belongings over on a freight ferry, as there’s a limit to how much you can take on board the passenger ferries.
Where to Stay
Fire Island is home to about 17 different communities. While all of these locations have something incredible to offer, if you’re traveling with the kids, you’ll want to choose a more family-friendly destinations, such as Fire Island Pines, Kismet, or Ocean Beach.
Family-friendly spots feature relaxed eateries that serve kid-approved fare, meandering paths, and lifeguarded beaches. There are some outstanding rental properties at these locations, too!
From condos to expansive houses, you’ll be able to find a rental that will accommodate your family’s needs.
Where to Eat
There are several dining options available on Fire Island. Of course, if you’re renting a house, you can prepare meals right on-site. However, you can also dine out while you’re visiting the island. Pack a picnic lunch and bring it along while you’re spending the day at one of the family-friendly beaches. There are also plenty of snack bars, grills, and restaurants to choose from. Many offer a family atmosphere, but if you and your other half are looking for a date night away from the kids, there are tons of adult-friendly options, too! Just make sure you check before you head out to see if you need to make a reservation.
Things to Do
Opportunities for both relaxation and adventure abound on Fire Island!
The Fire Island Lighthouse is located just a short walk down a boardwalk from the end of Field 5 at Robert Moses State Park. Standing at 168 feet, it’s the tallest lighthouse on Long Island. Kids must be 42 inches tall in order to climb, and you can only go as high as the lower balcony, but it offers breathtaking views. You can also go on a guided tour, which includes the quarters of the lighthouse keeper, and check out the Lens Building (which houses a collection of lighthouse lenses) and the exhibit center.
You also won’t want to miss the opportunity to explore the Sunken Forest, a rare habitat and a remarkable gem. Here, you’ll stroll along a meandering path that winds through gnarled trees, some of which are estimated to be 300 years old! At points, you can also walk along a boardwalk that sits between the trees and the dunes of the Atlantic coast. There’s tons of flora and fauna, and you may even get lucky enough to cross paths with a deer or two.
Other awesome family-friendly things to do on Fire Island include bike riding (there are plenty of places where you can rent bikes for the entire family), picking up unique treasures at one of the many shops, and of course, soaking up the sand and surf.
A Family-Friendly Adventure Awaits on Fire Island
Fire Island offers a unique experience for people of all ages. If you’re looking for a spot where you and your family can unwind and enjoy some quality time with one another, a trip to Fire Island definitely won’t disappoint.
To get the most out of your vacation, contact Fire Island Properties. Their staff of professionals will help you find the perfect home away from home in the Fires Island Pines. Call 631-597-7000 to speak to an agent today!