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Governors Island National Monument, New York City
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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. A visit to Governors Island National Monument represents just the start of the adventure when you use our New York City travel itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • At a cost of $2, it's worth visiting this corner of paradise in the Bay of NY, once a military base and now Park and monument in constant renovation. Just go there to stay away from the madness (quaint and relaxing) of N Y.
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  • Creepy looking place which I loved! lol Its okay for a quick visit if you're already on the Liberty and Ellis tour. 
  • Great views, interesting special events, uncrowded and easy to get to. Not open year round so you need to check dates before heading down to the ferry. Also it is best to make a reservation. Sometimes...  more »
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  • My only problem with the island is that each year it becomes more and more popular and crowded. It a nice change from the rest of the city to have a place with lots of grass and no trees. They have a revolutionary era fort and a 19th century castle along with many other historical buildings. Each year there are different art installations scattered throughout the island. My favorite place though has to be the hammock village. You will need to get there early to get a hammock, but its worth it to spend several hours lounging in one.
  • This is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. There are lots of green spaces , interesting historical sites, reenactment, tons of food trucks and incredible views. Particularly the views from the newly-built Hills are stunning. As a longtime New Yorker it was particularly amazing to see the city from that perspective. makes you realize how special of a place New York City is.
  • A nice place for a bike ride and view of the harbor. Throw in great food carts and an interesting art scene and Governors Island is a hidden treasure. Get away from it all without going too far.
  • Beautiful and scenic. Great place to go and just get away from the city. Whether you're alone, with you're spouse or want to go on a close and cheap family getaway for the day. Feels like you're in the country. Lots of interesting historical things to look at. Over all enjoy my visit here.
  • If you're in nyc and have never seen governor's island, go out here asap. The island is an excellent local getaway, good for views, walking, biking, culture, history and more. Just grab a ferry downtown and 5 minutes later you're there. They're only open during the summer, but the island is sizable - 172 acres to explore. If the weather is sunny, this place will be stunning.