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The Carmans River cuts through the Wertheim National (Credit: Carl Corry)

The Carmans River cuts through the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge in Shirley. (Oct. 2, 2011)

Shirley photos

The hamlet of Shirley, located on the South Shore of Suffolk County, has a population of about 27,800. Some of its attractions include Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, the Carmans River and Smith Point County Park and Shirley-Mastics-Moriches Community Library.

A sign at the southwest corner of the
(Credit: Carl Corry)

A sign at the southwest corner of the William Floyd Parkway and Montauk Highway intersection in Shirley welcomes visitors to the area. (June 6, 2012)

The Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library. (July 15, 2011)
(Credit: John Dunn)

The Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library. (July 15, 2011)

William Floyd Elementary School is located at 111
(Credit: Carl Corry)

William Floyd Elementary School is located at 111 Lexington Rd., Shirley. It is part of the William Floyd School District. (June 6, 2012)

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A memorial honoring veterans of the Vietnam War
(Credit: Carl Corry)

A memorial honoring veterans of the Vietnam War attacks is located at the southeast corner of the William Floyd Parkway and Montauk Highway intersection in Shirley. (June 6, 2012)

Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge

1st stop on the tour, the beautiful Wertheim

reader photosTAnz5551st stop on the tour, the beautiful Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge in Shirley, NY.

The Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge in Shirley will
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The Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge in Shirley will hold a grand opening celebration May 19 for its new $10 million visitor center.

The Carmans River cuts through the Wertheim National
(Credit: Carl Corry)

The Carmans River cuts through the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge in Shirley. (Oct. 2, 2011)

Twilight parking at Smith Point County Park will
(Credit: Newsday / Nina Ruggiero)

Twilight parking at Smith Point County Park will again be free.

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A picnic area at Smith Point County Park.
(Credit: Newsday photo / Nina Ruggiero)

A picnic area at Smith Point County Park.

Smith Point County Park

There's always a friendly face to welcome you
(Credit: Newsday photo / Nina Ruggiero)

There's always a friendly face to welcome you to Smith Point County Park (County Park 46, Shirley). Smith Point offers campgrounds with tent, trailer, and full hookup sights. Some campers enjoy bay views from their spots and even bring their own jet-skis to ride in the water. A small shack called The Wave Too sells ice, snacks, beverages, and camping needs.

On the other side of the traffic circle closer to the entrance is the main beach, where attentive lifeguards are on duty and swimmers can enjoy the clear, refreshing water and big waves. The conditions are great for fishing, surfing, and body boarding in designated areas. Sand volleyball courts near the entrance are open for play except when youth league matches are going on.

Lifeguards at Smith Point County Park in Shirley
(Credit: John Dunn)

Lifeguards at Smith Point County Park in Shirley get some fitness training done, Tuesday. (May 25, 2010)

A playground at Smith Point County Park.
(Credit: Newsday photo / Nina Ruggiero)

A playground at Smith Point County Park.

The Beach Hut Raw Bar and Grill at
(Credit: Newsday photo / Nina Ruggiero)

The Beach Hut Raw Bar and Grill at Smith Point County Park.

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Statues of children playing on rocks sit in
(Credit: Desiree Keegan)

Statues of children playing on rocks sit in front of the McDonald's and Kohl's shopping center on Montauk Highway. (Oct. 7, 2011)

A statue of an elderly couple reading a
(Credit: Desiree Keegan)

A statue of an elderly couple reading a paper, in front of the Brookhaven Town Bay Area Senior Nutrition Center on Neighborhood Road in Mastic Beach. (Oct. 7, 2011)

A statue of a boy pushing a turtle
(Credit: Desiree Keegan)

A statue of a boy pushing a turtle in front of the Hess gas station at William Floyd Parkway and Ostend Circle. (Oct. 7, 2011)

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