We all know New York has a lot to see and do. But because most tourists (and residents) tend to just focus on staying in Manhattan, they sadly end up following the same itinerary. As a result, people miss seeing views like the picture above.

This photograph was taken in Fire Island, located 60 miles from the city. If you go by car (there is no public transportation), it should take you about 1h30 without much traffic.

It’s a perfect spot if you’re looking for a quiet and stress-free day. The path to the lighthouse alone is a great experience. Chances are you will run into some four-legged friends: deers. Just avoid feeding them. Apparently it’s common to see car accidents involving these animals as the place is surrounded by warning signs.

deers in fire island lighthouse
Deer friends in Fire Island

The exhibit center is free of charge, however if you want to go up the tower, aside from strong legs, you’ll also need  a little money to purchase tickets. The cost is $8 (USD) for adults, while veterans, seniors and children (12 and under) pay $4, members pay $2 and active military personnel enter for free.

After climbing 182 steps, you’ll have burned some calories and enjoyed a spiral ride. The view from the top is breathtaking (yep, physically speaking too). In case you miss Manhattan, you can even see it from afar.

There’s also a gift shop with cute souvenirs such as tote bags, magnets, keychains, paintings, bracelets, clothes and whatnot. Prices are not very expensive.

The monument can be found on the western end of the island. 

I strongly recommend visiting this piece of land. Whether you come on a cold or warm day, there’s always something to enjoy and appreciate. For more information: http://www.fireislandlighthouse.com/