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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  • 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.

  • Patrick Egan

    - 28 September 2017 -

    Wonderful place to get to over the summer. Used to be a Coast Guard base. It is like walking through a ghost town. Rest of island is a park that is becoming nicer each year. Beautiful view of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty

  • Eubie Toro

    - 08 September 2017 -

    It's a beautiful place full of history. It's almost like time just stopped here and not too long ago. We walked all around and looked inside the buildings through the windows. It reminds me of being on base, but fondly. I went with my family and we rented a Surrey bike. We rode all around and speed a few times to take pictures and check out some interesting spots. The ferry ride over was really short and you can bring your own bike if you want. There's an outdoor food court right near the bike rental and there is a good variety of food choices. It was a lot of fun and we spent most of the day there.

  • Joshua Diamond

    - 31 August 2017 -

    A nice escape from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan or Brooklyn. For a park this large, food and beverage options are a bit limited. I expect this to improve over time. Accessible only by ferry, which makes the trip once per hour, so plan accordingly. Interesting new landscape architecture at the southern end of the island. This will look even nicer once the trees mature.

  • Emma Deacon

    - 30 August 2017 -

    We went on a sunny Saturday. Got the ferry over around 1pm which was easy with very little queuing. We walked around the fort and the castle which were both interesting. We then hired bikes from Blazing Saddles and cycled around for a couple of hours. It's great that there are cycle paths everywhere and points to lock your bike up (like when you want to check out the view of Manhattan from the top of the Outlook Hill, which is so worth it). There are plenty of food options in the center of the island. We enjoyed some fresh organic ice cream. Only issue was the queue for the ferry to get back. I think because so many people leave around the same time to get home (5pm). Anticipate a wait if leaving the island early evening.

  • Hope Sanders

    - 17 August 2017 -

    If you haven't been I highly recommend you visit at least once. There are fantastic views of NYC, the Statue of liberty and it's right next to the Staten island ferry. There are many places to explore and you can't rent bikes. It's only a 5 min. ferry ride from the city and very inexpensive!

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Governors Island National Monument tours

New York Harbor Hop-on Hop-off Cruise including 9/11 Museum Ticket

After departing from Pier 79 in Midtown, the cruise will stop at Battery Park, a leisurely walk from the National September 11 Museum, where you have timed admission. Inside the museum, you'll have unlimited time to browse the exhibits before rejoining your cruise. In addition to the 9/11 Museum, this...

Governors Island Walking Tour

In the middle of New York harbor sits a a 172-acre (70 ha) island filled with history, fun, and stunning views of the city. Walk through historical streets past former barracks and colonial houses. See unique modern art. Lounge on rocking chairs inside Fort Jay. Get amazing photos of the Statue of...

Governors Island Walking Tour

To meet your guide you will need to take the ferry from either the Battery Maritime Building or Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 in Brooklyn. This tour is designed for tourists, locals, families, and groups of friends. You’ll visit more than thirty locations and come away with a new appreciation for the...

New York City Private Helicopter Aerial Experience

Enjoy sweeping views of Brooklyn, New York City and New Jersey skylines as you soar past some of the most iconic landmarks known throughout the world on your own private helicopter. You'll have an opportunity to talk to the pilot before your flight who will customize a route tailored to your...

Manhattan City Lights Cruise On a Yacht With a Complimentary Drink

Experience the bright New York City Lights like never before in this 1.5 hour cruise. Step aboard a 1920s inspired motor yacht at the departure time of your choosing. As you cozy up in the climate controlled observation cabin to take in the twinkling lights of this famous skyline, enjoy a...

Governors Island - Sightseeing Running Tour

Governors Island is a one of a kind run tour that will take you through a gorgeous 4 mile course that few visitors to New York City get to experience. Although the island is just 800 yards from Manhattan, once you arrive to the island via a 5 minute ferry ride, you will immediately be transported...

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