A couple of weeks ago, hubby and I spent a weekend with some family members in Long Island, New York. We visited Fire Island National Seashore. Visiting properties in Fire Island under the care of the National Park Service is free.
Our niece and nephew, technically our grandchildren because their grandma is hubby’s sister (I’m too young to be a grandma! 😱), were thrilled to see a fox as soon as we arrived at the Visitor Center. We were at the right place at the right time.
We spent some time at the Visitor Center gazing at the ocean. 😉 Yes, the ocean!
The kids enjoyed touching the different shells in the learning room and holding them up to hear the sea.
We did a leisurely walk on the boardwalk leading to the dunes, enjoying the wildflowers along the way.
After the Visitor Center, we drove to Old Mastic House which was the home of William Floyd, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Photography is not allowed in the house. Most likely to protect the original furnishings and decorations in the house. My in-laws liked the tour. From the Old Mastic House, we proceeded to Fire Island Lighthouse. The Lighthouse is not a property of the National Park Service, so going up has a $4 fee. But visitors can roam the grounds and go to the beach for free.
May is their mating season and they float to the beach for the event. A park ranger led us to the beach to look for horseshoe crabs after a short lecture