Monday, March 25, 2019

EcoTourism in Brookhaven Town

EcoTourism in Brookhaven Town

Town of Brookhaven
One Independence Hill
Farmingville, NY 11738
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Beaches in Brookhaven

There are many beaches in Brookhaven Town to enjoy from the Long Island Sound to our bays and the Atlantic Ocean that offer beachgoers swimming, boating, fishing and more.

Corey Beach
Corey Avenue Blue Point, NY 631-451-TOWN
Food stand, playground; swim lessons offered (fee)
Beachfront:500 feet on Great South Bay. Lifeguards:10 a.m.-6 p.m Memorial Day weekend May 28-30, weekends June 4-26; daily July 2-Sept. 5

Cedar Beach
Harbor Beach Road, Mount Sinai, NY 631-451-TOWN
Food stand, fishing pier, launching ramp, playground; swim lessons offered (fee)

Davis Park Fire IslandDavis Park Fire Island
The Davis Park Ferry offers service to Davis Park - Ocean Ridge from the Patchogue Fire Island Ferry terminal (Sandspit Marina) - 631-475-1665.

Davis Park is located at Fire Island’s east end. Because of its easterly locale, Davis Park exists in isolation from the rest of the Fire Island communities, but it possesses its own relaxed Fire Island beach culture.

Davis Park proper has thicker growth and more trees and shrubbery (a wall of pines has been planted  along its line with Leja Beach); Ocean Ridge, flatter, sandier, stretches away along a central boardwalk all open to view. Leja beach is the commercial district: the stores, Casino, and small boatel all abut its solitary bay-to-ocean walk.
Davis Park maintains an even balance between a young single party crowd, many of whom occupy Fire Island rentals and Fire Island shares, and family-oriented visitors and homeowners who own Fire Island real estate.

Great Gun BeachGreat Gun Beach Fire Island
Located just west of Moriches Inlet on the north side of Fire Island, this area is a popular local destination. While this is a Town of Brookhaven  beach, it is open to non-residents as well to simply drop anchor and enjoy the area or dock your boat, if you can find a spot (this is a first-come, first-served marina). While there is no electricity or running water, on land you will find a picnic area, small playground, and of course, access to the ocean beaches. The beach has lifeguards in-season. Transient dock space for non-residents runs $4.00 per foot per day.

Shirley Beach
Westminster and Grandview Drives Shirley, NY 631-451-TOWN
Rest rooms, Beachfront:500 feet on Great South BayLifeguards:10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 4th weekend July 2-4, Friday, Saturday, Sunday's only July 8-Sept. 5.

Shoreham Beach
North Country Road Shoreham, NY 631-451-TOWN

Smith Point County Park
Cr-46 Shirley, NY 631-852-1313
Price:$12 nonresidents, $5 residents with Green Key card; seniors free weekdays $5 weekends with Green Key

Smith Point offers campgrounds with tent, trailer, and full hookup sights. Some campers enjoy bay views from their spots and even bring their own jet-skis to ride in the water. A small store, “The Wave Too” sells ice, snacks, beverages, and camping needs. Off-roading is permitted down past the campsites for those with a permit. The beach on the campgrounds is beautiful and quiet for sunbathing, playing in the sand, or just taking in the view, but no swimming is allowed since there are no lifeguards and rip-currents are strong.
There’s a spot with picnic tables, barbecues, and a playground in between the parking lot and the sand. The Beach Hut, a much upgraded version of the usual beach concession stand, offers an ample menu with seafood, tropical drinks and more, and live music seven days a week from 5pm to sunset. Tuesdays and Thursdays are lobster fest, and every night is a seafood festival.

Beachfront:5-mile protected beach. Lifeguards:May 28-Sept. 5, 10am-5:30pm. Campsites:222 campground sites, 75 outter beach. Tents, trailers, full hook-up.

Watch Hill at Fire Island National Seashore
Watch Hill is located in the middle of Fire Island, across the Great South Bay from Patchogue, Long Island. Access by private boat or by seasonal ferry service from Patchogue, NY. Take the Watch Hill Ferry (631-475-1665) from West Avenue directly to Watch Hill, or take the Davis Park Ferry (631-475-1665) and walk 1 mile to Watch Hill.
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Special Programs
During the summer, guided canoe tours and other programs are offered. Rangers provide a welcome, orientation and safety program for school groups.

Exhibits on various natural history topics available seasonally in the Watch Hill Visitor Center. View marine life of the Great South Bay in our fish tank.

West Meadow Beach

West Meadow Beach Road Stony Brook, NY 631-451-TOWN
Aid station; swim lessons (fee)
Beachfront:1,100 feet on the Sound.
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