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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  • A Google User

    - 31 August 2018 -

    A former Military barracks which was off limits to the public. I've always wondered what it was like on the Island and today it's no longer a Military base it's now opened to the public. A short ferry ride across, brings you to the 172 acre island. There's not much to do when you get there except walk the Island , see some of the remaining historical buildings, and enjoy spectacular views of Manhattan from a great vantage point. There's a few places to eat, one of which is an oyster bar right on the water with pretty views of Manhattan.

  • A Google User

    - 29 August 2018 -

    We had a party of 17 people, 14 of them ranging between the ages of 5 and 12, and we had a ball! We hiked to the activity area, where we all rock climbed, did the Zip Line, got lost in the Amaze maze, cooled off in the sprinkler area and had lunch! The staff were amazing, competent and quite helpful! All of this within a few hours and for a very reasonable price! We had so much fun that we ended up racing back to the dock to meet the 4 o'clock ferry back to Manhattan! We were back in Washington Heights by 5pm with a bunch of happy Kids Passport To Adventure campers and adults! - A. Gleaves

  • Marlon Ying

    - 02 August 2018 -

    Best view of the Statue of Liberty! I always discover something new or learn some interesting fact about the island when I go. Stop by if you want a change of pace from the rest of NYC. The island always has great art installations. The hammock area is nice and relaxing. Some of the food options seems a little over priced for what you get but I'm sure it's not cheap for the vendors to operate on Governor's Island so I'm okay with it.

  • A Google User

    - 26 July 2018 -

    Governor’s island is an awesome location to relax with family and friends. The ferry costs $3 for a round trip. It’s a great space to also chill and spend some alone time with yourself if you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Although there were events on the island while I was there, the island is big enough to always find somewhere quiet at all times during the open hours. The food trucks that are occasionally on the island can be pricey. So if you can, buy some food or put together a picnic basket before getting on the ferry.

  • A Google User

    - 21 July 2018 -

    The best part of this place is that every time I go, there's something new to do. It's also super convenient to the city, and the island is big enough that you lose a bit of the sense of being in the city. Great place to relax. The only issues I have are that the food truck selection at times is a bit lacking and that there aren't nearly enough drinking fountains. Go on a hot summer day and you're going to wind up paying way too much for a bottle of water from one of the vendors.

  • A Google User

    - 19 July 2018 -

    A surprise getaway just a 10 minutes ferry ride from NYC, Manhattan. I was captivated on how beautiful this little island was. Sitting out on the old Governor's Mansion, enjoying the many view of Lady Liberty, basking in summer's breeze while watching the water traffic go by. The only reason I gave this 4 stars is because it was very hot on that day. Check out the Taco place just left of the ferry dock upon arrival, they are great.

  • Murphyville USA

    - 11 July 2018 -

    Awesome park! We were able to rent a bike and check out the whole island. It was a great time. I recommend visiting the island. I would advise you to bring food and your own bikes to save money. Or pick up a city bike and bring it over on the ferry. I'd say have a picnic in the field in the middle of the island.

  • Carl-Darren Marx

    - 19 June 2018 -

    The grounds are fantastic to walk around. Stunning views of the city and Statue of Liberty. Food choice is a little limited but not that expensive. Toilets clean. The only downside is the ferry service. The crossing only takes about 10 minuted but we were on the ferry for nearly 25 minutes in 32 degree heat. No shaded area on the island when queueing. Vehicles using the ferry seem to get priority

  • Catherine Marie Thomson

    - 17 June 2018 -

    A relaxing escape from the big city. Loved the deck chairs and hammocks. Great views of the city from the island. You can easily walk around the while island or hire a bike. Highly recommend. Only three dollars to get return ferry to the island.

  • faith white

    - 17 June 2018 -

    One of the best parks ever. The island is only accessible by ferry, which limits crowds. There is plenty to do. The views are unbeatable. It seems to get better with every visit. a very interesting museum about the history of the immigration to the US. the museum is very well equipped with documents, movies photos about the life of the millions that immigrated and arrived to NEW YORK-the gate to AMERICA and the NEW WORLD.

  • StayNYC Rentals

    - 15 February 2018 -

    Great place to explore in the summer.

  • Liam K.

    - 24 October 2017 -

    One of the best parks in the city!

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