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Watch Hill Beach

Fire Island National Seashore. Reached by Watch Hill ferry from Patchogue 631-475-1665 or by private boat; nps.gov/fiis/planyourvisit/watchhill.htm Fire Island , NY 631-475-1665

The beach, the backcountry hiking and the bird

The beach, the backcountry hiking and the bird watching. It can all be done at Watch Hill, located on Fire Island National Seashore and accessible via the Patchogue ferry.

Watch Hill is the only place that offers camping in the park, and it's ideal for nighttime stargazing, as little light pollution surrounds it. There are 26 tent sites and one group campsite. Most sites are on top of sand, so bring extra-long tent stakes. Campgrounds include running water, grills, showers and bathrooms. Required permits can be obtained at the Watch Hill Visitor Center (631-597-6455), and sites can be reserved for $25 a night.

If you're hungry, try the Pier Restaurant and Snack Bar for lunch and dinner, and the Tiki Bar for drinks.

Photo Credit: Newsday / Bill Davis

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Type:

Federal beach

Price:

Ferry fee: $7.50, $4.50 ages under 11 one way; $14, $8.50 ages under 11 round trip

Description:

Beach Oceanfront, 10-minute walk from marina. Lifeguards on weekends Memorial Day through July 4 and daily July 4 through Labor Day. Visitor center, restrooms, showers, snack bar, marina store, boardwalk trail through salt marsh, weekend ranger-guided canoe tours, Junior Ranger program, and evening presentations, and special events including snapper derby and sand creation contest.

Season:

mid-May-mid Oct.

Lifeguards:

Weekends Memorial Day through July 4 and daily July 4 through Labor Day

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