Fire Island's got nature (woods, beach, starry sky!), bedtime stories, and more to allure your family. Check out these options:
At Sailors Haven Visitors Center
Go on a 90-minute Sunken Forest Tour of this rare maritime Holly Forest, which drops down into a lush canopy of trees. Offered daily through September 6. 11am Monday-Friday; 11am and 2:30pm Saturday and Sunday.
On Secrets of the Seashore: Rangers' Choice, you can discover horseshoe crabs and whales, learn about the history of Fire Island, take a stroll along the beach, or go seining in the bay. Program topics change each week. Sundays through September 6. 11am.
At Watch Hill Visitor Center
Families with kids ages 7 and up explore the Watch Hill Salt Marsh by canoe in Exploring the Salt Marsh: Guided Canoe Tour. Participants must be able to swim, and must be 16 and older to paddle. Canoes, paddles and life jackets provided. Reserve in person beginning 10am the day of the program. Through September 6, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11am.
The Rangers lead Sunday Stroll: Discovering Fire Island's Habitats along Watch Hill's nature trail. Families learn about the barrier island's ecosystem. Sundays through September 6. 11am.
At both Sailors Haven and Watch Hill
During Enchanted Evenings, learn about various topics, from stargazing to mosquitoes to bedtime stories. Fridays through September 6. 8pm.
Discover types of marine life found in the Great South Bay, at Catch of the Day. Participants must wear water shoes. Saturdays through September 6. 11am.
At Otis Pike Wilderness Visitor Center
On Ocean Treasures, families learn about the ocean beach dynamics and go on a nature walk. Must be able to walk on sand. Bring water, a hat, and sunscreen. Saturdays through September 6. 10am.
At Otis Pike, Sailors Haven, and Watch Hill
Kids ages 8-12 learn about a different topic each week, at the Junior Ranger: Path To Discovery program, covering the special places and things protected by Fire Island National Seashore. Saturdays through September 6. 2pm.
Kids ages 5-7 listen to stories about the seashore and create a craft to take home, during Children's Hour: Seaside Stories & Crafts. Sundays through September 6. 2pm.
Sailors Haven Visitors Center: Take the Sayville Ferry to Fire Island. 631-597-6183.
Watch Hill Visitor Center: Take the Davis Park Ferry from Patchogue to Watch Hill. 631-597-6455. www.nps.gov/fiis.
Otis Pike Wilderness Visitor Center: Smith Point County Park, William Floyd Parkway South,
Fire Island. 631-281-3010.