How to Plan a Gay Friendly Trip to Fire Island, New York

Two Methods:Cherry GroveFire Island Pines

Fire Island, New York is a popular tourist destination, especially during the summer months. It provides a wide range of both indoor and outdoor activities, with an abundance of festivals and parties throughout the summer. Fire Island is also known for its gay-friendly atmosphere; 2 of its 17 communities are gay villages, including Cherry Grove and Fire Island Pines. Here are a few steps to make the most out of your gay-friendly trip to Fire Island, New York.

Method 1
Cherry Grove

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    Stay at one of Cherry Grove's gay-friendly hotels and guest houses in its town area. Book early because there are only a few places to get accommodation in this area, because the area is mostly made up of privately owned cottages.
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    Book your accommodation well in advance if you plan on experiencing the festivals and events of the week around July 4; this is the busiest time for Fire Island's gay communities.
    • Fire Island Drag Queen Invasion, and its before and after parties, is a popular festival that takes place every year on July 4.
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    Visit one of Cherry Grove's gay nude beaches. Clothing is optional, and you can lie out and enjoy the sun, swim and just relax. The beach has many picturesque dunes as well.
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    Trek along the Carrington Tract, the forest area between the beach and Fire Island Pines.
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    Stroll through the Judy Garland Memorial Forest, or enjoy a picnic and bird watching in the area.
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    See a drag show. Cherry Grove is famous for the drag shows that are performed on the island.
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    Dine at one of Cherry Grove's most popular restaurants, such as Jumping Jacks Seafood Shack or Cherry's Pit.
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    Visit Fire Island Pines, the other predominantly gay community on the island, by walking east of Cherry Grove, through an area known as the Meat Rack. Be aware that the Meat Rack is a strip of land between the 2 communities known for cruising amongst men.

Method 2
Fire Island Pines

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    Rent a cottage or house in Fire Island Pines, the larger of the 2 gay-friendly communities on the island. There are not many hotels in the Pines, so renting a cottage or house is recommended.
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    Take a nature hike through the woods and enjoy the greenery of the area
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    Get an invitation to 1 of the famous house parties that take place in the Pines. The Pines is an affluent area of the island, and there are often house parties given by wealthy and celebrity guests to the island.
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    Join in on the summertime Tea Dances, which are similar to happy hours, around the Pines bars.
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    Walk along the marina, which features many bars, shops, restaurants and nightclubs that are busy all night long during summer.
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    Experience one of Fire Island's summer festivals like The Pines Party, which is a party on the beach that lasts all day; or the Fire Island Pines International Film Festival.

Tips

  • Plan ahead for your trip, some hotels will not refund you if you cancel your reservation, and you may need to pay a penalty fee if you need to change the dates of your stay.

Warnings

  • There are no lifeguards on either Cherry Grove or Fire Island Pines beaches.

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