Governors Island

Governors Island

Island, Historic and Protected Site, and National Park
Governors Island, New York
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    This island is famous for their scenic views. It's one of the most popular in the city!
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    Orian B.
    "Catching The Jazz Age Lawn Party during the summer is a must!"(4 Tips)
    "short ferry ride from near Battery Park"(6 Tips)
    katharine r.
    "Lay out on the water taxi beach and enjoy a brew."(4 Tips)
    Daniel L.
    "picnic point for an awesome view"(4 Tips)
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  • biking
  • picnics
  • scenic views
  • water taxi beach
  • citibike
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  • Justin B.heart icon on user image
    Justin BretonJuly 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to get away from the city for a day! Lots to do, including: art exhibits, biking, hammocks, picnics, food trucks, views of the Freedom Tower, views of the Statue of Liberty and much more.
  • Angelica S.
    Angelica SegarraAugust 1, 2014
    Beautiful island with lots to do. Free bike riding from 10a-12p everyday. Wonderful view of the city skyline, liberty island and Ellis island. There's food, parks, hammocks, and baseball fields.
  • Jenn S.heart icon on user image
    Jenn SithSeptember 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Beautiful views, interesting history, peaceful environment, so much to see and do. I will DEFINITELY get the season ferry pass next year!
  • Lorenheart icon on user image
    LorenSeptember 18, 2016
    An under appreciated outing. Fun art that changes up and super easy to get to from lower Manhattan or dumbo for a few bucks. You can bring a bike, citibike, or just walk. Bring a blanket and a book.
  • Ben M.heart icon on user image
    Ben MackeyOctober 1, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    Come on a sunny summer day and enjoy exploring and relaxing on this little paradise. You don't really need to hire bikes, just spend a few hours walking around.
  • ℳ𝒶𝓎♍heart icon on user image
    ℳ𝒶𝓎♍December 29, 2019
    A short ferry ride from near Battery Park takes you to the traffic free paradise of Governors Island. 7 miles of great views & historic buildings. A cool place to relax for a few hours and ride bikes!
  • Orian B.
    Orian BreauxMay 6, 2013
    Catching The Jazz Age Lawn Party during the summer is a must! Come dance to authentic 20s music in the middle of the park, dress up with the other +700 who come out, and have a drink on the lawn.
  • Kevin O.heart icon on user image
    Kevin O'NeillMay 31, 2017
    I feel like this spot is *almost* there. New hills are a great addition and don't miss on the slides tucked away in the back (adults and kids alike). Great day trip. Bring a picnic!
  • Sarah K.heart icon on user image
    Sarah KimDecember 26, 2019
    Best for day concerts and festivals. Gets a little unbearable at night because of 1) spotty phone service 2) even harder to find your friends because of spotty phone service and now it’s dark too.
  • Samiha K.heart icon on user image
    Samiha KhanAugust 15, 2015
    Great for picnics, but there are lots of food trucks on the island now if you don't wanna carry a bunch of stuff. Bring your bikes or rent a bike and go biking all around the perimeter! Nice views.
  • Regi C.heart icon on user image
    Regi CMay 19, 2017
    Great island 🌴 to go during the day. Take the ship 🚢 early and enjoy 😊 the day. Walk and picnic 🍏🍎🍐
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 2, 2016
    June 11th: Finally, a use for that flapper dress you bought for Halloween. Sip gin rickeys and do the Charleston at the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island. Read more
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkJuly 11, 2013
    Look west to see the august face of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, or stop at the northern end of the island to gaze at lower Manhattan and the recently topped-off One World Trade Center. Read more
  • loran j.heart icon on user image
    loran jonakJuly 4, 2015
    Free ferry over and back. Great for families with lots of running room for the kiddies. If you didn't bring a picnic, take advantage of the delicious food trucks. There is also a beer garden.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupAugust 1, 2013
    An increasingly popular place to see live music, especially famous DJs. Catch a ferry out here, and you'll be rewarded with amazing views of downtown Manhattan.
  • Perry A.heart icon on user image
    Perry AzevedoAugust 26, 2015
    Better than Central Park. Great place to get away from the city on a weekend. Go early and beat the rush that comes closer to noon.
  • Angelique H.heart icon on user image
    Angelique HoutveenFebruary 26, 2016
    If you're looking for a place to relax, go here when the sun is shining and just hang out on the chairs. I had a great time, found the much needed silence in New York.
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonJuly 20, 2011
    Governors Island has played key roles in civil war, revolution and two world wars. Now it’s famous for relaxing, picnicking, strolling and cycling. Get there by ferry, maybe explore by kayak.
  • Kevin T.heart icon on user image
    Kevin TakAugust 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Get out of heat island Manhattan and enjoy breeze and shade of trees and grasses. Island has been renovated and changing. You might see different scene on island.
  • Kelsey✨heart icon on user image
    Kelsey✨September 23, 2019
    Perfect place to escape the city for a day! Awesome art exhibits, beer, bikes, food, etc.
  • Sam S.heart icon on user image
    Sam StarlingSeptember 6, 2015
    Take the East River Ferry from Williamsburg for the views of the south of Manhattan, and give yourself a couple of hours to walk around before heading back.
  • Laura G.heart icon on user image
    Laura GinsbergSeptember 26, 2016
    Easy day trip from Manhattan or Brooklyn. The ferry takes 7 minutes and costs $2 round trip. Bring your bike or easily rent there. A nice city escape!
  • Rita L.
    Rita LMay 23, 2021
    Book the ferry tickets online ahead of time! Free in the morning :)
  • Simon W.heart icon on user image
    Simon WilsonAugust 11, 2017
    Good for a day out. Long walks. Bikes - Citibikes and surreys for groups - to hire to ride round the island. Lots of ATMs, food, drink on the island.
  • Risaheart icon on user image
    RisaJune 11, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Have a seat on "Common Picnic" an interactive installation by Risa Puno for FIGMENT NYC's 2015 Summer Long Sculpture Program, next to the mini-golf course on the South Parade Ground.
  • Theresa R.heart icon on user image
    Theresa RoldanAugust 21, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    If you need a mini vacation from the city, this is the perfect place. Great food, great atmosphere, and the best view.b
    HISTORYApril 8, 2010
    The island's name stems from British colonial times when the colonial assembly reserved the island for the exclusive use of New York's royal governors.
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel McDonoughJuly 12, 2015
    Fantastic views of lower Manhattan. Beer garden and food trucks in the center of the island.
  • Amanda C.
    Amanda C.June 22, 2013
    Head over to the food court or the East Ferry Terminal for totally free, solar-powered charging stations! Works with iPhone 4, 5, micro USB, and if you have a cable of your own you can plug in & go!
  • Shawnie
    ShawnieFebruary 4, 2012
    The island is only open to the public for a few months every year. Bike riding, concerts, beach parties, picnics, and free rides around the island. Not a lot of food choices here so bring your own.
  • Museum of American Finance
    The Dutch landed here in the 17th century to establish a trading post. 400 years later NYC is still considered by many as the financial capital of the world. To learn more, visit the MoAF at 48 Wall Read more
  • Kmart Fashion
    Kmart FashionDecember 2, 2011
    Best for an escape from the city, w/o committing to a real commute. Our tip: Take a bike with you on the ferry to tour the entire island. Visit the girls & boys room before you go! Trust us on this.
  • ᴡ R.
    ᴡ ReinfordApril 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    bring your bike and go around the island. the best swingset in the world is there and it faces the statue of liberty. security is tight on the island, so don't try anything stupid.
  • Cole K.heart icon on user image
    Cole KennedyJuly 18, 2017
    They did a beautiful job restoring this place after Sandy. Come on a weekday and avoid the crowds, so you can slide on the slides without children judging you.
  • The New Yorker
    The New YorkerAugust 3, 2012
    Imagine a playground that parents actually like: “If you create a park-like environment and people feel really free, adults hang out and participate like children do.” -Adriaan Geuze, West8 architect Read more
  • Dylan M.
    Dylan McKenzieDecember 14, 2013
    Ferry ride is fun. Not much to do here, but a quiet place for a bike ride and reading on a nice day. Good swings.
  • Larisa G.heart icon on user image
    Larisa GrollemondJune 17, 2015
    Grab some food truck treats, take in the view of lower Manhattan, and take a nap on the grass in front of some abandoned houses. New York at its weirdest/finest.
  • Alison C.heart icon on user image
    Alison CurtinSeptember 2, 2016
    NYC's best idea-this National & Public Park space partnership. Have loved visiting over the past 6 or 7 years watching it grow and develop.
  • C. Sha•Doe M.
    Bring a plastic trash bag, cut to open flat, a large blanket (like 5x7), an umbrella that you can stick in the ground, sun screen, a basket of food (or at least $50 cash for food), and 1920 clothes!
  • Carmen Gloria R.heart icon on user image
    Rent a bike and ride around the island. It used to be a military fort, but now the houses are empty. Enjoy the parks and the views.
  • G W.
    G WongMarch 22, 2012
    Hidden treasure of NYC, come here in the summer time on the free ferry and check out the historic sites, sometimes there's even concerts and other fun activities!
  • NEREphotography
    NEREphotographyAugust 11, 2011
    A great trip for any photographer, check out the old buildings and Yankee Pier on the back side of the Island. Bring a bike or rent one for ease of travel around the Island. @nerephotography
  • Adam S.
    Adam SherlipApril 24, 2013
    Governors Island gives you a view of the Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Statue of Liberty and Staten Island. It's a great way to start & put an NYC tour into perspective.
  • Kinjil M.
    Kinjil MathurAugust 31, 2014
    rent a bike to see the entire island quickly. They even have 4 seater bikes!
  • UzoNYC
    UzoNYCMay 25, 2014
    Beautiful place, but not anything you can't recreate in Central Park. I'll go for an event, but not just on my own accord.
  • Afi Y.heart icon on user image
    Afi Yellow-DukeJuly 30, 2015
    Great place for a bike ride with amazing views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Statue of Liberty
  • Vivianheart icon on user image
    VivianOctober 9, 2017
    There are 2 citibike stations on the island!
  • D'Agostino Supermarkets
    D'Agostino SupermarketsJanuary 31, 2012
    After the American Revolution, the U.S. Army set up camp on the island in fear of another British invasion. The U.S. Army has since been there for the past 200 years. Talk about setting up camp!
  • Michelleheart icon on user image
    MichelleAugust 24, 2017
    Beautiful park away from the hustle of NYC. We rented bikes which got stolen so I'd recommend also renting locks
  • HashtagNYU
    HashtagNYUAugust 17, 2016
    They hold tons of events there all summer long!
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