Museums, Programs, Historic Sites
Fire Island National Seashore Lighthouse
The lighthouse tower is only accessible by 182 stairs with indoor and outdoor observation decks. You can learn about the job of the lighthouse keeper in many of the exhibits and also visit the keeper’s quarters along with its two floors of interactive exhibits. Learn about the duties of the United States Lifesaving Service, its history, and many rescues in these exhibits as well. The new Lens Building has on display the restored first order (nearly 1 meter) Fresnel Lens used on the tower from 1858 to 1933 and some examples of the many illumination sources also used during that period
Park at Robert Moses State Park Field 5 ($10) and follow the boardwalk on the east end of the parking lot. On the boardwalk you will experience the ecosystem of the sand dunes of the barrier island. The parking fee allows access to all amenities, including the beach, at RMSP.
Fire Island National Seashore offers a variety of programs for educators and their students. Since its inception in 1964, the Seashore has been a preferred area for school groups to learn about the natural and cultural history of this barrier island. The three areas available to the public are the William Floyd Estate, Smith Point, and the Fire Island Lighthouse, all accessible by automobile. Watch Hill and Sailor’s Haven are accessible by ferry and private boats. During the school year a variety of programs are available at these areas such as orientations, guided walks, one-day visits and week-long sleep-in programs. The Seashore’s facilities and staff are prepared to assist in many ways.