Explore the beacons of Long Island.
Fire Island Lighthouse
Take on 182 winding steps upward, to snap a photo of the breathtaking view. On your way up visit the Len's Building to see the first ever lighthouse lens used to capture light and send signals from the late 19th century. Located on the western end of the Fire Island, this landmark can be seen from miles away. However tours are available for just $7 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Plan to spend about an hour. Flat footwear is suggested. (Captree Island, http://www.fireislandlighthouse.com/)
Horton Point Lighthouse Nautical Museum and Park
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 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.
Huntington Harbor Lighthouse
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.