Robert Moses State Park, in New York, is an ocean beachfront facility that attracts nearly 4 million visitors annually and boasts a shoreline of nearly 5 miles (8 km). As the most western point of Fire Island, the park is conveniently located at the southern end of the Robert Moses Causeway. Surfing and surf-fishing are popular activities, and visitors are welcome to swim and boogie-board at any of the 4 lifeguard-staffed fields. Democrat Point is an amazing, beautiful and secluded area of Robert Moses State Park—with perhaps the darkest night skies within driving distance from New York City—but the site is accessible only in 3 ways. The first way is a very long walk along the ocean headed west from Field 2. The second is by a four-wheel-drive vehicle with a special pass from the New York State Parks Department. The last way is by private boat throwing out an anchor and walking to shore. Either way, it’s worth it!
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!