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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  • Governor's Island lights up just a few minutes sailing from Manhattan. The former military complex is being converted into a tourist island. It's not too cave but nice to view on the bike. From a hill is an incredibly beautiful view of both Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Jersey City, Manhattan, Brooklyn bridge and Brooklyn. Great recommendation!
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  • It is accessed by ferry. The island is closed between October and March. It is beautiful and can be re-cirted on a bike or on foot. It's worth it for those who have multiple days or multiple trips to NYC
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  • It had been 33 years since I was last on Governors Island while stationed about the Coast Guard Cutter DALLAS. I enjoyed walking around and seeing how the US Park Service preserved this place which wa...  more »
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  • Governor's Island is a great place to visit. It's only a short ferry ride from New York and a nice getaway with no cars and a relaxed atmosphere. I'd definitely recommend visiting the island for both travelers and native New Yorkers. Governor's Island doesn't get that much attention, but that might be a good thing because that means it's not very busy!
  • Fantastic! Glad we finally came. MUCH larger than I thought it was. Bikes are a great idea to explore the island. Very good taco place or being lunch and a blanket and just hang out. Ferry from Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park made for an easy and scenic (though brief) ride. Relaxing and is a great example of yet another place in NYC where you just kind of pinch yourself and say "am I really in the largest city in the US"? Seems remote yet the skyscrapers of lower Manhattan are right across the water.
  • This is a wonderful place to Visit, many Great Events, however they should have better disabled Accommodation's. Many events are too far to walk to if you have a Walker or cannot walk far with cane. They Should Have a Tram or cart to pickup and drop off person's with disability's. Otherwise this is a Most Groovy place to Visit.
  • I love GOVERNOR island there is always something to do .they have coffee shop, food ,and drinks. You could bike ride , skate , or just relax check it out. And enjoy.
  • Beautiful place. Try to bring your own bikes if you can, or rent them there. It’s worth it.
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