Winter is a quiet and peaceful time on Fire Island. While many people think of Fire Island as only a summer destination, the months of December, January and February offer a peak into this tranquil and beautiful winter wonderland.
A winter walk along the shores of the icy Atlantic can be an exhilarating experience. Bundle up and venture out to see the stunning arctic beauty that only this time of year offers. Gone are the crowds and the tourists and in place of lifeguards you may spot a winter fox with a heavy copper coat running across the frozen sand. The landscape may be blanketed in white snow and the deep midnight blue ocean seems to glisten in the late afternoon sun at this time of year.
Wildlife sightings are sometimes more common in the colder months when the crowds have died down and shy creatures venture out to forage for food. The Fire Island National Park Service explains, “Winter is a time for wildlife on Fire Island. You may see white-tailed deer sporting their dull winter coats, and snowy owls nesting in the trees near the dunes.” It is also common to see seals resting on the beach and basking in the winter sun.
Throughout the winter season the National Park Service still hosts events that highlight the natural beauty of this beautiful barrier island. Join a ranger-led hike throughout the dunes or participate in a bird walk to see some of the unique birds that live on Fire Island throughout the winter months. The night skies during the winter also offer some of the best views of the stars and constellations. The National Park Service also hosts several star gazing events each winter.
The Fire Island Lighthouse remains open all year long.
The tower is open to climb to the top and see some of the most remarkable panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, Fire Island and other parts of Long Island! Take an afternoon hike along the beach or the boardwalk in the dunes to the light house. The light house also offers several different events in the winter months – check the website for details.
Fire Island offers a serene and tranquil setting during the winter months. The natural beauty of the ocean, wildlife and the sandy dunes on a sunny yet brisk day is exhilarating. A visit to the beach on a cold winter day can be a refreshing respite from the business of our everyday lives. Fire Island is the gem of Long Island during any season.
If you are interested in a rental or you are looking to purchase a home on Fire Island, contact Fire Island Properties. They offer the best properties in the Fire Island Pines and they can help you find exactly what you are looking for – whether you want a seasonal rental, a weekend getaway or a home of your own. Call them at 631-597-7000 to plan your next beach vacation – for any season of the year.