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Explore the Fire Island Lighthouse

The Fire Island Lighthouse epitomizes the South Shore of Long Island. Known as the tallest lighthouse on Long Island, it offers something for everyone. Whether its maritime history, the beach, or nature, exploring the Fire Island Lighthouse is definitely a fun-filled experience!

The Fire Island Lighthouse is located at the most western point of Fire Island and can be accessed from Robert Moses Field 5. This excursion is known for its fun climb to the top as well as an extremely friendly and knowledgable staff. Take the 182 step tour of the tower and see the gorgeous panoramic view of the ocean, all of Fire Island, the bays and Long Island. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to see the New York City skyline on a clear day!

There are many interesting facts about the Fire Island Lighthouse. Here are some of our favorites:

  • The Fire Island Lighthouse sits at 168 feet tall and is visible for 24 miles
  • It took 80,000 bricks to build the lighthouse
  • Although the lighthouse tapers on the outside the inside is a constant 10 ½ feet in diameter
  • There are 192 steps from the bottom to the top of the lighthouse
  • The lighthouse flashes every 7.5 seconds
  • The lighthouse was originally built at the western tip of Fire Island but is now 5 miles east of the tip due to the movement of sand over the years

Look back on the history of how the Lighthouse was taken care of when you take a look inside the demanding life of the Lighthouse Keepers and visit the interactive exhibits of the Keeper’s Quarters. Tour guides will let you experience what the Lighthouse Keepers’ daily routine is like. The museum and the lighthouse itself are charming structures that vividly bring the past into the present.

The Fire Island Lighthouse offers tons of events throughout the fall and winter, making it the perfect place to still get your Fire Island fix even in the post season.

There’s so much to do and see at the Fire Island Lighthouse. Once you’ve explored all you could you can always head to the beach or take a short walk to Kismet. You won’t want to miss out on this experience!