Considered “The Jewel in the Crown” of Fire Island National Seashore, combining the Sunken Forest with a magnificent, wide open beach. As you step off the boat you can enjoy the National Seashore visitor center, snack bar, or gift shop. The marina offer slips for pleasure boaters and picnic area with tables and barbeque pits. The beach is a short distance away, along the main boardwalk, which is bordered on the west by the Sunken Forest. Children can freely play in the ocean waters under the watchful eye of lifeguards and build castles in the clean sparkling sand. The ancient history of Fire Island is alive at the Sunken Forrest, an enchanted 300-year-old primeval holly forest, which is the only one of its kind on the East Coast. Under the diverse canopy of leaves, a 1.5 mile boardwalk meanders through freshwater bogs filled with a variety of trees and shrubs. The maritime forest with its American holly and catbrier make for one of the most pristine walks from the bay to the ocean. Of course, there is the delightful chance to encounter one of the island’s white-tailed deer, red fox, or other local wildlife.