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Dipping into the refreshing water on the beach (Credit: Linda Rosier)

Dipping into the refreshing water on the beach at Sailors Haven ( July 6, 2013)

Summer Escapes: Fire Island

Fire Island's Sunken Forest isn't really sunken, but a wooded forest surrounded by salt water, a unique environmental distinction. Known for its holly trees, which grow about 40 feet high, there are also plenty of forest-inhabiting creatures to spot. Exploring the Sunken Forest -- with time for frolicking on the beach and a nice lunch -- is a good dose of adventure for nature lovers of all ages.

Visitors on a tour of the Sunken Forest
(Credit: Linda Rosier/ Linda Rosier)

Visitors on a tour of the Sunken Forest board the ferry back to Sayville from Sailors Haven. ( July 6, 2013) Photo by Linda Rosier

Friends enjoy a picnic at the beach on
(Credit: Linda Rosier)

Friends enjoy a picnic at the beach on a visit to the Sunken Forest. ( July 6, 2013)

Dipping into the refreshing water on the beach
(Credit: Linda Rosier)

Dipping into the refreshing water on the beach at Sailors Haven ( July 6, 2013)

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Visitors sit beneath the tall holly trees in
(Credit: Linda Rosier)

Visitors sit beneath the tall holly trees in the Sunken Forest. ( July 6, 2013)

Visitors on a tour of the Sunken Forest
(Credit: Linda Rosier)

Visitors on a tour of the Sunken Forest stop at the Kingston's Clam Bar in West Sayville. ( July 6, 2013)

U.S. Park Ranger Kelsey Sucena stands beneath the
(Credit: Linda Rosier)

U.S. Park Ranger Kelsey Sucena stands beneath the tall trees of the Sunken Forest. ( July 6, 2013)

Visitors on a tour of the Sunken Forest
(Credit: Linda Rosier)

Visitors on a tour of the Sunken Forest stop as they spot a deer in the tall grass. (July 6, 2013)

Visitors Eric Harris and son Toby enjoy the
(Credit: Linda Rosier)

Visitors Eric Harris and son Toby enjoy the ferry ride from Sayville to the Sailors Haven Marina. (July 6, 2013)

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Visitors on a tour of the Sunken Forest
(Credit: Linda Rosier)

Visitors on a tour of the Sunken Forest enjoy the fish tacos at Kingston's Clam Bar in West Sayville. (July 6, 2013)

U.S. Park Ranger Kelsey Sucena begins a tour
(Credit: Linda Rosier)

U.S. Park Ranger Kelsey Sucena begins a tour of the Sunken Forest. ( July 6, 2013)

Visitors on a tour of the Sunken Forest
(Credit: Linda Rosier)

Visitors on a tour of the Sunken Forest walk through the dense foliage. (July 6, 2013)

Visitors on a tour of the Sunken Forest
(Credit: Linda Rosier)

Visitors on a tour of the Sunken Forest can enjoy the sesame tuna at Kingston's Clam Bar in West Sayville. (July 6, 2013)

Visitors on a tour of the Sunken Forest
(Credit: Linda Rosier)

Visitors on a tour of the Sunken Forest can enjoy a lobster roll at Kingston's Clam Bar in West Sayville. (July 6, 2013)

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Visitors on a tour of the Sunken Forest
(Credit: Linda Rosier)

Visitors on a tour of the Sunken Forest board the ferry back to Sayville from Sailors Haven. ( July 6, 2013)

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