Fire Island National Seashore | WATCH HILL VISITOR CENTER

Watch Hill Visitor Center complex

Watch Hill Visitor Center complex

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The Watch Hill Visitor Center at Fire Island National Seashore is located next to the ferry dock. There is a group of buildings that include the Visitor Center itself, a General Store and Camping Office on the other side of the sidewalk, and a waiting room for those taking the ferry back to Long Island.

Watch Hill Camping Office and General Store

Watch Hill Camping Office and General Store


  • Mid-May through June
    • Weekends from 10:30 AM to 4 PM
  • July through Labor Day
    • Wednesday through Sunday from 9:30 AM to 4 PM
  • Post Labor Day through Columbus Day
    • Weekends from 11 AM to 4 PM
  • Open on all summer holidays regardless of the day

Times can always change, so before making travel plans be sure to visit the National Park Service’s Operating Hours and Seasons web page for Fire Island National Seashore.


  • Information desk where you can pick up a park brochure, Watch Hill Nature Trail guide, and other information
  • Sea life exhibit
  • Backcountry camping registration office
  • Sign up for Ranger-guided canoe trips and other events
  • Book and souvenir store
  • Restrooms


There are a few exhibits at the Watch Hill Visitor Center that are spread haphazardly around the room, most of which are shell and sea creature displays. There is a Touch-table for those who want to find out what different shells and animals feel like. The exhibits aren’t set up for serious browsing, but are more for kids to mess around with while their parents are talking with a park Ranger.

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Last updated on May 30, 2020
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