Fire Island Lighthouse is not only a picturesque lighthouse to see – it is a place with a lot of activity. Your trip will turn into a tour, where you will learn about the fascinating history of the lighthouse, visit Keeper’s Quarters, and walk 182 steps to the top for an incredible view of the Atlantic Ocean, Great South Bay, and Fire Island from a 168 foot high tower.
My journey began at a boardwalk that starts at a parking lot of Field#5 at the Robert Moses State Park. I walked through a beautiful nature scene, where evergreens and flowers surround the path, and deers can be seen feeding. It took me about 20 minutes to get to the lighthouse.
Inside the lighthouse on the first and second floors of the Keeper’s Quarters there are interactive exhibits about the lighthouse history and purpose. The ultimate reward is the panoramic views from the top of the tower. Don’t get discouraged by the number of steps! Most people can walk them in less than 15 minutes. Take it slow and make stops to enjoy a beautiful view from the tower windows on your way up.
At the top it was an amazing experience. An airplane-like view, only in the open air! The view of the Great South Bay on one side, Atlantic Ocean on the other, and, of course, of the Fire Island itself opened up 168 feet below me. Above the observation deck there is a lantern room, where the 2 giant light bulbs rotate. Their bright light can be seen at the distance of 22 miles. No worries, it’s not like looking at the sun – it won’t get you blinded.
I finished my trip with a gift shop visit, where you can get anything from a bookmark to a blanket with FI Lighthouse theme. I bought a book of pirate stories. Wait, did I say finish? Nope, not finished yet! After you visit the lighthouse go on and check out the nearest town on Fire Island – Kismet! You can eat at a restaurant by the marina as I did, get an ice cream cone, go to the beach, rent a bike, or just walk around! It is cozy and there are no cars allowed. That’s right, there are no cars on Fire Island, only bicycles. Kismet is less than a mile away from the lighthouse and in my opinion completes the trip beautifully.
You may even get to see a magnificent sunset on the way back.
Please check the hours of operation before you go! You can check it here:
Here is how to get to Fire Island Lighthouse on Long Island Rail Road, to buy tickets, and more (scroll down for driving directions):
Don’t worry if you don’t have a car, Long Island Rail Road sells package deals that will get you there by train, taxi, and ferry. If you take LIRR you will first start at Kismet and make a trip to the Lighthouse from there. The cost of the trip is $40.25 if you are going from Manhattan or Brooklyn and includes round trip train tickets, taxi vouchers, ferry vouchers, and an admission to the Lighthouse. Children package is $22. Make a day trip out of it! Please don’t forget to check the hours of operation and train schedule. All the information is below.
To get to Fire Island Lighthouse by public transportation:
Go to Penn Station in Manhattan or Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn.
Daily May 28 to September 5:
At Gray, Green or Blue ticket machine (not available at Red, Daily Ticket Machines) select “Deals & Getaways”, then “Beach Getaways” followed by “Kismet/FI Lighthouse” and buy your ticket. All machines accept credit and debit cards; gray and green machines also accept cash.
Please be aware that multiple tickets/vouchers will print; LIRR train tickets will print last. Be sure to take all items dispensed when completing your transaction.
Take LIRR train to Bay Shore Station and board a David Brothers Taxi to the Fire Island Ferries. Remember to use David Brothers Taxi only. All FI package stubs are subject to same day use. Not valid Fridays after 5:30 PM. (info source: http://web.mta.info/lirr/
For train schedule information visit
To get to Fire Island Lighthouse by car:
From 495 take exit 53s to Sagtikos Parkway to Southern State Parkway (2 exits)
From Southern Parkway take exit 40 south
From Sunrise Highway take exit 41S Robert Moses Causeway
The Fire Island Lighthouse is located at the western end of the Fire Island National Seashore, just east of Robert Moses State Park. Take Robert Moses Causeway south to the end. At the Robert Moses water tower proceed east to Parking field #5. There is a parking fee at certain times of the year. Park on the east side of the parking field and follow the boardwalk right to the lighthouse.
(info source: http://www.fireislandlighthouse.
For more information contact FI Lighthouse Preservation Society
@ (631) 661-4876 Monday through Friday.
Now go ahead and add one amazing experience at a time to your life!
Yours, Natasha Pea.