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Friends enjoy a picnic at the beach on a visit to the Sunken Forest. ( July 6, 2013)(Credit: Linda Rosier)

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Summer Escapes: Fire Island

Fire Island's Sunken Forest isn't really sunken, but a wooded forest surrounded by salt water, a unique environmental distinction. Known for its holly trees, which grow about 40 feet high, there are also plenty of forest-inhabiting creatures to spot. Exploring the Sunken Forest -- with time for frolicking on the beach and a nice lunch -- is a good dose of adventure for nature lovers of all ages.