Seaview Bay Beach is not necessarily special all on its own as a beach, but it is rather unique for its location on Fire Island. A barrier island near New York City that’s both popular with tourists and lucky locals, the island is home to 17 separate communities, all only accessible via ferry. The small village vibe is something to stay for and many visitors plan to not only enjoy a day trip to the island and its beaches, but stick around in a rental for several days or longer. The laid-back, relaxed feel makes it hard to leave!
There are 32 miles of sandy beaches, all with their individual histories littered with pirates, shipwrecks, and rumrunning. On a normal day, the population is around 400, but that explodes to about 20,000 during the summer.
Seaview Bay is a tight-knit, seasonal community of families who return year after year, everyone knowing everyone, watching their kids grow up over the summers.
The Seaview Bay Beach and Playground opens in late June, 10 am–5 pm daily, closing in mid-September. Various offerings beyond the beachfront, playground, and pool include lifeguard services, swimming lessons, water fitness classes and various events throughout the season for children, such as scavenger hunts, bay races, pizza parties, and more. WiFi is also available.
If you plan to bring your dog to Seaview Bay Beach (or anywhere on Fire Island, for that matter), do note that you’ll have to take the ferry, so you’ll want to be sure that’s something your pet is comfortable with. If you’re unsure if your dog is ready for a boat ride, first consider their past and general levels of anxiety with other similar activities, such as car rides. Once on the island, watch out for the friendly neighborhood deer, who are totally harmless and gentle, but may alarm your dog.
Not all beaches on Fire Island welcome dogs, but Seaview Bay Beach does, so long as you keep them on a leash.