Things to do / Travel Guide
There is no better way to get a sense of Long Island's shoreline and coastal waters than by renting a boat and enjoying a day of self-guided exploration. Boat rentals and boat launching ramps are located throughout Long Island, both on the North Shore and South Shore, as well as throughout the Hamptons, particularly in Port Washington, East Hampton, Southhampton, Hampton Bays, Montauk, East Moriches, and Mattituck, among many other locations. Many experienced and novice boaters enjoy a day on Moriches Bay, particularly near Tuthill Cove. The sea breeze blows swiftly around Moriches, making sailing easy and enjoyable, and the coves provide protected, less-daunting waters for new sailors just getting their feet wet. At Blydenburgh County Park you can rent a rowboat and paddle around the quiet wilderness of 120-acre Stump Pond.
Whether you wish to work your watercraft like a wieldy whaler or are just looking for some smooth sailing, Sag Harbor is another wonderful option, sailboat rentals are easy to find. If you want to avoid keeling over in your keelboat or would like to brush up on a couple of your skipper skills, Sag Harbor Sailing School also offers classes. A cruise around Montauk Point for a view of the majestic Montauk Lighthouse is more than magnificent, and the Hamptons' many marinas provide an excellent shove-off point for visitors captaining everything from swanky yachts to plain-old paddleboats. No cars are allowed on Fire Island, so boating is your best bet and nearly all Fire Island communities have well-equipped marinas including: Watch Hill, Sailor's Haven, Kismet, Atlantique, Ocean Beach Village, Seaview, Ocean Bay Park, Cherry Grove, Fire Island Pines, Water Island, and Davis Park.
Cruises around Long Island, New York
If you prefer to take a cruise, many options are available. Lighthouse tours are available where you can see remarkable highlights like Fort Totten and Fort Schuyler, the mansions of the Gold Coast, the Throngs Neck and Whitestone Bridges, and the Execution and Stepping Stones Lighthouses. Tour the Atlantic Ocean Coast and the Long Island Sound on a replica of an 1800s side-wheel paddle steamer, or learn about historic sailing techniques on a full-rigged sailing ship. Brunch, dinner, and murder mystery cruises are also available, ports are located in Port Washington, NY, Greenport, NY, Glen Cove, NY, among other harbor towns. Prices and tour-lengths vary.
Ferries to Shelter Island and Fire Island, New York
To get to and from Shelter Island board one of the convenient year-round ferries that take bicycles, motorcycles, and passengers to and from the island. North Ferry Company travels between the north side of Shelter Island and Greenport. The ferry usually leaves every 20 minutes to a half an hour, and takes about seven minutes each way. Shelter Island South Ferry travels between the south side of Shelter Island and North Haven (near Sag Harbor), and takes about five minutes for a one-way trip. Ferries run from early in the morning until late in the evening.
Davis Park Ferry Company covers eastern Fire Island and offers a service leaving from Patchogue on Long Island about every hour an a half between May and October and arriving at Fire War Seashore on Fire Island. The one-way ride takes 20 minutes. Running May through October, the Sayville Ferry Service services central Fire Island offers ferries between Sayville to Fire Island Pines and Sunken Forest. The 30-minute, one-way ferry leaves every two hours. Fire Island Ferries, Inc (also known as the Bay Shore Ferry) runs a service between Bay Shore and eight different western Fire Island locations. Costs and travel times depend on final destinations.