Fire Island is the place to go if you want to get away but not be really far away. For some, just the ferry ride over is a lot of fun, but here are three of our favorite spots on Fire Island:

KISMET This is a nice little community near the Fire Island Lighthouse. It is the westernmost community of the barrier beaches on Fire Island. You can walk to Kismet from Field 5 at Robert Moses State Park or take a ferry from the Bay Shore ferry terminal. Once there, you can visit either of the two restaurants there: The Kismet Inn or Surf’s Out. It is a short walk down the paths to the ocean beach, and you can often see deer along the way. On the way back toward the marina, you can pick up an ice cream at Kismet Market before heading back to the mainland.

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OCEAN BEACH It is another village on Fire Island that many people like to visit. It is in the center of all the island communities and has the most homes for people to rent or live in during the summer months. It is a great place to go for a day trip or spend a week or weekend in a rental house. Hanging out with your friends along the main walk gives you many things to do. You can visit shops for clothing, souvenirs, baked goods, ice cream and of course candy. There are also many great restaurants, such as the Island Mermaid, Maguire’s Bayfront Restaurant, Bocce Beach and Matthew’s Seafood, to name a few. You can reach Ocean Beach by ferry or your own boat. It is a great place to swim in the ocean and hang out with your friends.

SAILORS HAVEN It is part of the Fire Island National Seashore, and the National Park Service has a visitors center with exhibits and information about the area. A ranger can take you through the paths to point out the different trees, flowers, dune grasses and animals that may be found. Some things you may see on your walk are deer, red fox and many different birds. In late August, you may even see the many monarch butterflies making their migration down south. Take a walk on the boardwalk trails through the Sunken Forest. Or take the path to the beach and dip in the beautiful ocean, where lifeguards are on duty during the summer. It is an awesome spot to boogie board and play beach games with your family and friends. There is also a snack bar, ice cream shack, gift shop, showers, restrooms and an area to grill. This area can be reached by private boat or ferry service out of the Sayville ferry terminal.