Governors Island National Monument

New York Harbor, New York City

Governors Island National Monument, a unit of the US National park system, is located in New York City on 22 acres (89,000 m2) of Governors Island, a 172-acre (0.70 km2) island located a few hundred meters off the southern tip of Manhattan Island at the confluence of the Hudson and East Rivers in New York Harbor.
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Open Hours:

  • Mon

    10:00 - 18:00

  • Tue

    10:00 - 18:00

  • Wed

    10:00 - 18:00

  • Thu

    10:00 - 18:00

  • Sun

    10:00 - 19:00

  • Fri

    10:00 - 18:00

  • Sat

    10:00 - 19:00

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  • D. Vincent Wernham

    - 01 June 2018 -

    Great getaway with extraordinary views! A beautiful park with wonderful activities. One can now enjoy the breathtaking views at night as the island is open until 10pm on Fridays throughout the summer. A must do!

  • Timothy Brown

    - 31 May 2018 -

    A $3. Dollar ferry ride affords some spectacular views of lower Manhattan and Lady Liberty. Safest place in the city for a bike ride rentals available or bring your own bike on the ferry. Excellent picnic spot or there are dining options on the island.

  • Selvon Ramsawak

    - 30 May 2018 -

    Just a short ferry ride and you're away from the hustle of NYC. The view are amazing. Great for picnics and other recreational activities. Bikes are available for rent of all designs. 2 person and 4 person bikes as well. It is easily walkable and has an amazing view of new York city's lower Manhattan skyline. The statue of liberty is also within a close viewing proximity.

  • Kyoko Heshiimu

    - 23 May 2018 -

    My daughter went to hs on governors island and so i got to visit both during the summer while it is open to the public and during fall/winter when it is closed to the public. it is a beautiful island. they built a nice park there for kids. always have great events for families, and there is a small farm with animals. many vendors are available to purchase food and portable bathrooms for those times you need to go. you can rent a surrey or bike or bring your own bike. There is lots to do there

  • Niris Moreno

    - 15 April 2018 -

    Governors Island is a beautiful, serene, scenic place. There is a museum, formerly a prison, historic mansions, brick streets and you can see the NYC skyline and the Statue of liberty. Wear comfortable shoes. Be prepared for lots of walking and bring water. Food and drinks are not readily available throughout the island. Only designated area. Great place to relax.

  • Phyllis A Sears

    - 24 December 2017 -

    This is a special place to visit. Governors Island is in New York City Harbor and has no cars so you can walk by the water and it's very quiet. This season for the first time you could visit during the week when it's less crowded. The National Park part of the island includes two historic forts. The ferries run from Manhattan and on weekends also from Brooklyn.

  • Kenneth Ziegler

    - 12 December 2017 -

    Took the ferry to get there (you can't swim there, so plan on staying dry and waiting a bit). This former Coast Guard base has been converted into a city park with lots of green space and fantastic views of New York harbour. We went for the Jazz Age Lawn Party, and couldn't have had a better time. Food trucks were there, and bringing your own picnic was encouraged...not to mention the thrill of getting dressed for the occasion. There are also parts of the island that have grills and picnic tables for general use. Highly recommend getting out there for a day

  • Erika C

    - 06 December 2017 -

    Love governor's island. It dosent even feel like you're in the city but somewhere far and very peaceful. Great place to escape the city life even if its for a few hours. Everything from the farm, the hills and the views are just so calming and relaxing. Just walking around or taking food and having a picnic in their picnic areas are just enjoyable. I go every chance i get

  • Robert Wissman

    - 26 November 2017 -

    Went here for one of there art fairs and it was so amazing i actually ended up coming back the next day because also that weekend was the WW1 centennial and this place really did have it all. Wad astounded by how well done it was and how informative everyone and every thing was. Really easy to get to, only had to wait a little for the ferry but that is expected as there is only 1 ferry that travels to the island. Highly recommend to anyone who lives around the area and wants to go out and spend a day at ease and rest across anywhere on this gorgeous island.

  • West Sanders

    - 01 November 2017 -

    Governors Island is such a great location for getting outdoors on a beautiful weekend. There are huge open lawns, an old Coast Guard base you can walk through, and two old forts on the island. One of my favorite places is the new lookout hills the city has built on the Southern end of the island. The hills offer a beautiful view of the Statue of Liberty. Important note: The island is only open during part of the year. Google Governors Island to find out if the island is open to the public on the days you want to go.

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