Fire Island Gay Travel
Looking for an underwear party? A tea dance? Drag shows? Fire Island has it all. The best Fire Island gay travel and party tips are right here on wolfyy. Plus, how to find a place to stay in the Pines.
The Gay Travel Experience: Fire Island Pines & Cherry Grove
The Fire Island Pines hold significant history for the LGBT community. Once a safe haven for gay men to express themselves freely, Fire Island is held close to the hearts of many.
Is Fire Island A Gay Community? History Explains.
The LGBT history of Cherry Grove and Fire Island Pines dates back to the 1940’s. Back when gay and lesbian members of society had no protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation, these Fire Island hamlets were a literal escape from mainstream life.
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Gay Fire Island: Where to Stay
The Pines is where most of the action is, but Cherry Grove is not without its own flavor! They both are just about 100% gay neighborhoods.
Finding a Place to Stay in Fire Island Pines
These shares are often listed for re-rental in the Facebook groups, and these are the accommodation vacancies you are seeking to reserve. It is a bit complicated, but given such high demand this is how it’s done!
How to Get To Fire Island Pines
There is only one way to get to both The Pines and Cherry Grove, and it can definitely be confusing for a newcomer. So, read the following very carefully. I encourage you to bookmark this section for future use!
Sayville will be your train stop. Some trains require a transfer, so listen to the conductor when he checks your ticket on the train. If you are unsure which train, just ask someone near you. Most likely you’ll be following the crows.
Upon arrival at the ferry, look for signs for either The Pines or Cherry Grove. There is a separate ferry for each neighborhood. The boat ride is about 20 minutes or so and is quite enjoyable! There boats have open-air top seating decks.
It’s best to know your ferry departure time beforehand, so you can make sure your LIRR train arrival synchronizes well with your ferry departure. Here is the official Fire Island Sayville Ferry Service Schedule for Fire Island Pines. Note that Cherry Grove service is a separate schedule.
During busy times, especially in summer, ferries will always follow shortly after a train arrival, but during off-season, you should definitely check ahead.
Fire Island Pines: Things to Do
Low Tea and High Tea in the harbor are a mainstay of gay social life in The Pines. Every day, and especially Friday and Saturday, gay men will fill the harbor to drink and socialize. Arrive anytime between 5pm and 7pm and watch the men take over, rain or shine!
As Low Tea winds down a few hours later, the party continues near the pool area and on the upper level of the Pavilion.
The Pavilion is a newly-built nightclub and event space on the harbor in The Pines, replacing an old structure that sadly burned down in a fire. This is where most nightlife takes place, starting with High Tea.
Fire Island Gay Clubs
Later on in the night, the other club will open up on the Pavilion first level. There are some nights where there is no party, but you will be able to see when one is happening. You can also check advertisements around the island since there are always different parties happening.
Every Friday night there is an underwear party at a Cherry Grove gay club called Ice Palace. There is an enormous dance floor area and a rear deck space. If you’re staying in the Pines, plan to catch one of the final shuttle ferries back, or stroll through the dunes passing the “Meat Rack” on your way home. I’ll leave this part of the adventure to you—go ask a local what it is!
Fire Island Gay Travel Tips
The island only has a few casual restaurants and one deli/grocery store. Note that the grocery store is very expensive, so anything you want to buy beforehand will help you save some cash. Since everything has to come over by boat, prices are inflated.