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A Day On Fire Island With Friends

Have you ever visited Fire Island? As a girl from Queens, I can say that I never stepped foot on the island until I was 35! My mother made no trips out East to venture on a boat and hit up this secluded destination. It wasn’t in the books for my family. For all I knew, it was in the Caribbean – that’s how far away it was from Astoria!! LOL!

Well, a few years back, my husband and I finally decided to give it a shot. Bill had never been to Fire Island either! Can you believe it? He’s from Queens as well. I guess it just wasn’t a typical thing to do back in the 80s and 90s??? When we arrived for the first time, we were blown away. It felt like we were on a real vacation – minus the airplane ride. The minute you step off the ferry, you relax. No cars are allowed on Fire Island by the way. It is a true beach town with a very slow vibe.  

There’s a few places you can venture off to, but we stayed very close to the ferry. You could jump on a water taxi and skip around to the other side of the island to get away from the crowds, but we had 13 kids with us. It just wasn’t economical. Instead, we walked down a thin road to Ocean Beach. That’s where the kids found crashing waves and lasting memories.

Public restrooms close up at 4:30 – s0 we had to leave before then in order to wash everyone off. We spent just a few hours on the sand and then headed back to the main strip for some food and ice cream. It was a perfect afternoon.

Have you ever visited Fire Island before? You can make a day trip out of it if you don’t want to spend the money on the hotels. I hear the hotels are around $500 a night. YIKES! There also might be some weekly rentals you could look into – but I would guess it’s one expensive vacation. The ferry is very reasonable though. A day trip would be perfect!!

We are hoping to return a few more times before this summer is over. Maybe we will see you there!

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