Governors Island National Monument, New York City

Home to centuries-old fortifications and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Governors Island National Monument today provides a great deal of New York's military history as well as a green space close to the city. The island a little more than 730 m (2,395 ft) from the end of Manhattan and 365 m (1,200 ft) from Brooklyn, yet its 70 ha (172 acres) of parkland, public spaces, and facilities lend an air distinctly separate from the nearby hustle and bustle. Explore the island and its two large fortifications--the star-shaped Fort Jay and circular Castle Williams--which date from the American Revolution and turn of the 19th century, respectively. A guided tour of the island offered by the park service gives you an overview of the area's history in an approximately 2.4 km (1.5 mi) loop. Be sure to check the service's online schedule to see when tours and monument access are available. Governors Island National Monument is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, New York City Edition.
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  • About a 10-minute ferry ride. It is best to explore the big island is not. What views you can see while you are riding on the ferry, New York seems to be good.
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  • Larger than i expected, lots of families during this day, it's a nice quick ferry ride from Manhattan  more »
  • One of the most fun little day trips you could take. Bring lunch and a picnic blanket and eat out on the lawn or take a tour of the National Fort that is on the island or look at some of the museums o...  more »
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  • There are lot of activities here on the island and for almost all the age group. Go as a large group to enjoy your time here away from the city. Can be reached by taking a ferry from Manhattan or Brooklyn. Will be closed during the cold season. Not many food options, so make sure to take your own food. Number of trams roam around the island which will drop you at any point of your interest.
  • Governors island is a really nice place. I truly enjoyed having a picnic and riding a bike whenever I go. I recommend that you bring your own food with you, there is not much options there. If you want to go far from the city but near the city this is your place.
  • Great place to visit with the family. 10 degrees colder here than on main land, which is crazy in the winter but great in the summer. Very pretty to walk around.
  • A beautiful island, a slice of quiet paradise away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, although it's less than a nautical mile away! The Governor's Island Outlook Hill provides a very beautiful vantage point, while the center of the isle boasts ancient governor's houses from when NYC was New Amsterdam to food trucks serving top notch American and International cuisine, to stellar venues hosting upcoming artists, to complex playgrounds for the kids. I always travel here during the summer, and it's a great experience. Plus, when your ready to go home and chill out, the ferry is a mere 10 minute walk from anywhere on the island!
  • My favorite place I visited in New York. A nice relaxing part of history. Great to ride a bike around.
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