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Governors Island National Monument, New York City

Categories: Historic Sites, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web
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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  • It is a site with lots of history, to know and read the site and its historical implication
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  • The ferry only takes a few minutes to whisk you from the bustle of the financial district to this peaceful enclave where you can stroll and view the old army barracks and an old fort. Also, great view...  read more »
  • Great place to visit. Awesome views great history and food. Amazing walks and the water taxi is a fun trip to and from. Totally worth it. It's busy watch out on the weekend. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I love Governors Island and the fact that New Yorkers get to visit it for free every Summer. The ferry ride is quick and lots of fun. There is plenty of room for bikes and strollers, just get there early. There are always different events happening every week, so check the calendar. They just opened up the new slide area and have a working farm now. Bring a ziploc bag because they give away their herbs.
  • Great getaway from the city by ferry. Here's a hint. Take your bike. You can bypass the long line for pedestrians on the ferry. But, you can also just rent a bike there, it's not a very big island, but it's VERY relaxing with great views of the city and Statue of Liberty.
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