Long Island lighthouses

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Fire Island Lighthouse

East of Robert Moses State Park, Field 5,
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East of Robert Moses State Park, Field 5, Fire Island, fireislandlighthouse.com, 631-661-4877. Features Part of the Fire Island National Seashore. Display covers history of Fire Island Lighthouse and U.S. Lifesaving Service (pre-Coast Guard). Long Island's tallest lighthouse has 182 winding steps. Footwear required for walking tours. Last tower tour is 1 hour before closing. Plein-air Art Show: May 26-27. Horseshoe Crab Program: 7 p.m. June 10, $2, reserve. Light Keepers Behind the Scenes Tour: 9 a.m. June 10, Sept. 9, Oct. 14, $20, reserve. Path through History, 1 p.m. June 17, reserve. Evening Tower Tour: 8 p.m. June 21, $20, reserve. 15th Annual Art Show: June 23-July 16. Annual Barefoot Black Tie Dinner and Dance: 6:30-11 p.m. Aug. 12, $150 a person by July 22, $175 after, reserve. Family Seaside Adventures: 10 a.m. Wed. July 5-26, $5 per child, children must be accompanied by an adult, reserve. Family Book Club and Activity: 10 a.m.-noon Wed. Aug. 2-30. Coastal Clean-up Day: check website for details, Sept. 17. Lantern Light Tour, "Path Through History": 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7, $10 reserve. Hours 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily April-June; 9:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. daily July 1-Labor Day (Sat. in July open until 8 p.m.); 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Labor Day-Nov. 5. Fee $7 ($8 beginning July 1), $4 older than 65, younger than 12 and for members of the military. Must wear flat shoes; minimum height is 42 inches. Museum is free.

Horton Point Lighthouse Nautical Museum and Park

End of Lighthouse Road, Southold, southoldhistoricalsociety.org, 631-765-5500. Features
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End of Lighthouse Road, Southold, southoldhistoricalsociety.org, 631-765-5500. Features The structure, a working lighthouse, was authorized by George Washington in 1790 but not built until 1857. It houses a nautical museum operated by the Southold Historical Society featuring paintings, whaling tools, logbooks and artifacts related to the ocean, Sound and bay; group tours by reservation. Hours 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends and Mon. holidays Memorial Day-Columbus Day. Admission $5 a person or $10 for a family.

Montauk Point Lighthouse

2000 Montauk Hwy., Montauk, montauklighthouse.com, 631-668-2544. Features Lighthouse
(Credit: Jenny Patten)

2000 Montauk Hwy., Montauk, montauklighthouse.com, 631-668-2544. Features Lighthouse was commissioned by George Washington in 1792 and construction was completed in 1796. The museum and gift shop in its base is run by the Montauk Historical Society and features early lighthouse photos and displays. Don't miss the Fresnel lens, and a 15-foot-long model of lighthouses surrounding Long Island. Visitors can climb to the top for sweeping vistas. Montauk Point Lighthouse Sprint Triathlon and Relay: July 16, must preregister. Lighthouse Weekend: Aug. 19-20. Hours Vary according to the season. Fee $10, $8 ages 62 and older, $4 for those 41 inches to age 12, free shorter than 41 inches. Minimum height of 41 inches required to climb the tower steps.

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Huntington Harbor Lighthouse

Is closed for renovations. Check website for updates,
(Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

Is closed for renovations. Check website for updates, huntingtonlighthouse.org. Can be seen offshore in the distance from the Coindre Hall County Park from the top of the lawn overlooking the harbor and Huntington Bay. Features Built in 1912, the Beaux Arts-style lighthouse resembles a small castle. In 1984, it was deemed unsafe for personnel and too expensive to repair. A project to save the lighthouse has been underway since 1985. Public docking is prohibited. Annual Huntington Lighthouse Music Fest: Sept. 2, rain date: Sept. 3, lighthousemusicfest.com.

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