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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  • This isn't the first site to visit, but if you spend some time in New York, a visit that this island is very nice. Let's go very fast ferry for $ 3 A. The Park is superb with beautiful views of the Manhattan Skyline. A very nice place to rest. Prefer your picnic because the prices are really high.
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  • Five minute ferry ride to an old military base which is now a park great for biking or walking. During the year they host many festivals, art fairs, etc. there is also a glam camping area with furnish...  more »
  • It was a cold, windy, cloudy day, but it didn’t dampen our fun renting well-maintained, smooth riding bike “cruisers” from the island’s Blazing Saddles for 2 hours, circling twice around the island’s ...  more »
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  • Great place for a day trip, to walk around, see the fort. Beautifully kept island that civilians can enjoy now. Full of history. Ferry ride is nice too. And make sure to check out the artist's studios, it's very neat experience. You get to meet them too, great opportunity for art lovers.
  • This was 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 8 minute ferry ride across, brings you to the 172 acre island. There's not much to do when you get there except walk the Island, or you can rent a bike to 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.
  • Had a very good time over there. The ferry was free for NYC ID holder so that was a good surprise. Big enough to spend the whole day looking around for a whole day. My only complaint is they don’t have enough good food on the governors island itself. Governors island itself is pretty clean and all.
  • 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
  • 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.
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