Governors Island

Governors Island

Island, Historic Site, and Park
Governors Island, New York
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  • Gadling
    "epic views of Manhattan & the Statue of Liberty."(6 Tips)
    Orian B.
    "Catching The Jazz Age Lawn Party during the summer is a must!"(4 Tips)
    "just a 10 minute ferry ride"(5 Tips)
    Daniel L.
    "picnic point for an awesome view"(4 Tips)
222 Tips and reviews
  • biking
  • picnics
  • scenic views
  • statue of liberty
  • mini golf
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  • Liam K.
    Liam K.October 24
    One of the best parks in the city!
  • Vivian Z.
    Vivian ZhangOctober 9
    There are 2 citibike stations on the island!
  • Michelle
    MichelleAugust 24
    Beautiful park away from the hustle of NYC. We rented bikes which got stolen so I'd recommend also renting locks
  • Simon W.
    Simon WilsonAugust 11
    Good for a day out. Long walks. Bikes - Citibikes and surreys for groups - to hire to ride round the island. Lots of ATMs, food, drink on the island.
  • Cole K.
    They did a beautiful job restoring this place after Sandy. Come on a weekday and avoid the crowds, so you can slide on the slides without children judging you.
  • Anna C.
    Anna ChauJune 3
    Avoid "NYC Ferry" ferries. They don't empower employees w/ important info like "buying a ticket doesn't mean you will get on the ferry time you are waiting in line for". Polite inquiry yielded 0.
  • Kevin O.
    I feel like this spot is *almost* there. New hills are a great addition and don't miss on the slides tucked away in the back (adults and kids alike). Great day trip. Bring a picnic!
  • Regi C.
    Regi CMay 19
    Great island 🌴 to go during the day. Take the ship 🚢 early and enjoy 😊 the day. Walk and picnic 🍏🍎🍐
  • Brighty
    BrightyOctober 15, 2016
    Find the slides and have a go - especially if you're an adult
  • Laura G.
    Laura GinsbergSeptember 26, 2016
    Easy day trip from Manhattan or Brooklyn. The ferry takes 7 minutes and costs $2 round trip. Bring your bike or easily rent there. A nice city escape!
  • Brad W.
    Brad WillardSeptember 26, 2016
    Always check for the special events. Still great on its own.
  • Drew S.
    Drew S.September 21, 2016
    Rent bikes here $15/hour or $30/day to enjoy the entire island. They also offer Citibike if you are a member.
  • Loren
    LorenSeptember 18, 2016
    An under appreciated outing. Fun art that changes up and super easy to get to from lower Manhattan or dumbo for a few bucks. You can bring a bike, citibike, or just walk. Bring a blanket and a book.
  • Alison C.
    Alison CurtinSeptember 2, 2016
    NYC's best idea-this National & Public Park space partnership. Have loved visiting over the past 6 or 7 years watching it grow and develop.
  • HashtagNYU
    HashtagNYUAugust 17, 2016
    They hold tons of events there all summer long!
  • Sheena
    SheenaAugust 13, 2016
    Good day trip if you want to feel like you've left the city without actually doing so
  • Natalie V.
    Natalie VegelJuly 11, 2016
    Ferry from Manhattan is free before 1130am
  • John P.
    John PavlickJuly 1, 2016
    Incredible views of the Manhattan skyline
  • Carmen Gloria R.
    Rent a bike and ride around the island. It used to be a military fort, but now the houses are empty. Enjoy the parks and the views.
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 2, 2016
    June 11th: Finally, a use for that flapper dress you bought for Halloween. Sip gin rickeys and do the Charleston at the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island. Read more
  • Mikahla V.
    Mikahla VicinoJune 1, 2016
    Swing in the hammocks!
  • SULLY B.
    SULLY BONNELLYMay 13, 2016
    Easy to get to and beautiful
  • Angelique H.
    Angelique HoutveenFebruary 26, 2016
    If you're looking for a place to relax, go here when the sun is shining and just hang out on the chairs. I had a great time, found the much needed silence in New York.
  • Joey T.
    Joey TJanuary 19, 2016
    Stunning but the whole island is not dog friendly
  • Cameron M.
    Cameron MadduxSeptember 30, 2015
    Hammocks, hammocks, hammocks!
  • Jenn S.
    Jenn SithSeptember 20, 2015
    Beautiful views, interesting history, peaceful environment, so much to see and do. I will DEFINITELY get the season ferry pass next year!
  • Marina B.
    Marina BuritySeptember 12, 2015
    Best view of Manhattan
  • Marina B.
    Marina BuritySeptember 12, 2015
    Beautiful island and great place to spend some hours, ride a bike, make a picnic. If possible, go on a weekday and you will have the island all for yourself. Only 10 min and US$ 2 away from Manhattan.
  • Sam S.
    Sam StarlingSeptember 6, 2015
    Take the East River Ferry from Williamsburg for the views of the south of Manhattan, and give yourself a couple of hours to walk around before heading back.
  • Marc G.
    Marc GSeptember 4, 2015
    Great to walk around when it's sunny. Avoid at all cost when it rains!
  • Ricardo S.
    Ricardo SeixasAugust 29, 2015
    Great views over NYC and relaxing time on the parks.
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BarnettAugust 28, 2015
    Wonderful colonial style buildings, museums, and public parks. Great biking.
  • Perry A.
    Perry AzevedoAugust 26, 2015
    Better than Central Park. Great place to get away from the city on a weekend. Go early and beat the rush that comes closer to noon.
  • Hannah C.
    Hannah CopelandAugust 17, 2015
    Rent Citibikes and cruise around. It's a giant adult playground!
  • Funes
    FunesAugust 16, 2015
    Come ready with a blanket and some grub and have a great picnic with amazing views of Manhattan.
  • Samiha K.
    Samiha KhanAugust 15, 2015
    Great for picnics, but there are lots of food trucks on the island now if you don't wanna carry a bunch of stuff. Bring your bikes or rent a bike and go biking all around the perimeter! Nice views.
  • Kevin T.
    Kevin TakAugust 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Get out of heat island Manhattan and enjoy breeze and shade of trees and grasses. Island has been renovated and changing. You might see different scene on island.
  • Chirag P.
    Chirag PatelAugust 9, 2015
    Tons to do for kids. Art installations fun.
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BaskinAugust 1, 2015
    Fantastic island getaway 5 mins from Manhattan, rent a bike and explore
  • Afi Y.
    Afi Yellow-DukeJuly 30, 2015
    Great place for a bike ride with amazing views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Statue of Liberty
  • Monica C.
    Monica CullenJuly 28, 2015
    This place is like giant college campus where you never have to go to class.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BelluardoJuly 17, 2015
    Don't even remember that I was in NYC. Awesome place to hang and bring a picnic
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel McDonoughJuly 12, 2015
    Fantastic views of lower Manhattan. Beer garden and food trucks in the center of the island.
  • JYOTI S.
    JYOTI SINGHJuly 11, 2015
    Great for picnics, perfect for people with children.
  • Joe B.
    Joe BramhallJuly 6, 2015
    Awesome for picnics and summer relaxing.
  • Maru R.
    Maru RegalziJuly 5, 2015
    Great park for tourist
  • loran j.
    loran jonakJuly 4, 2015
    Free ferry over and back. Great for families with lots of running room for the kiddies. If you didn't bring a picnic, take advantage of the delicious food trucks. There is also a beer garden.
  • L B.
    L BJune 24, 2015
    Always something doing its on of my fav nyc places
  • Larisa G.
    Larisa GrollemondJune 17, 2015
    Grab some food truck treats, take in the view of lower Manhattan, and take a nap on the grass in front of some abandoned houses. New York at its weirdest/finest.
  • Sara .
    Sara 🌈⚔🍾June 15, 2015
    Amazing place for biking, picnics, and festivals!
  • Ali R.
    Ali RoseJune 15, 2015
    #JALP10 💫☁️
  • Yaakov S.
    Yaakov SilversteinJune 14, 2015
    Nice#. Nice
  • Noel C.
    Noel ClineJune 13, 2015
    Absolute favorite place in the city! Great mini escape without truly leaving.
  • Risa
    RisaJune 11, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Have a seat on "Common Picnic" an interactive installation by Risa Puno for FIGMENT NYC's 2015 Summer Long Sculpture Program, next to the mini-golf course on the South Parade Ground.
  • Bonnie C.
    Bonnie CarpenterOctober 13, 2014
    Bring s book and read on the green belt overlooking the city skyline!
  • Sam L.
    Sam LevySeptember 26, 2014
    The other green spot of nyc
  • Craig H.
    Craig HSeptember 14, 2014
    If you don't like being constantly attacked by wasps (the bugs) don't come. This every corner of the island - makes it impossible to relax.
  • Susan T.
    Susan TerritoSeptember 6, 2014
    Great place to visit & see history of NY.
  • Mati L.
    Mati LuikSeptember 3, 2014
    Awesome place for outdoor events or just to get away from NYC for a day.
  • Kinjil M.
    Kinjil MathurAugust 31, 2014
    rent a bike to see the entire island quickly. They even have 4 seater bikes!
  • Leah L.
    Leah LabrecqueAugust 29, 2014
    Wear sunblock and bring a water bottle. Luscious mulberry tree in meadow near the traffic light sculpture, ripe in mid-late July.
  • Theresa R.
    Theresa RoldanAugust 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you need a mini vacation from the city, this is the perfect place. Great food, great atmosphere, and the best view.b
  • sean r.
    sean rileyAugust 17, 2014
    Go to the Jazz Age Lawn party held every summer!
  • Mariam M.
    Mariam MahmoodAugust 16, 2014
    Jazz age lawn party!
  • John B.
    John BurkeAugust 10, 2014
    Definitely rent a bike (or bring one) if you want to get around the whole island easily.
  • Angelica S.
    Angelica SegarraAugust 1, 2014
    Beautiful island with lots to do. Free bike riding from 10a-12p everyday. Wonderful view of the city skyline, liberty island and Ellis island. There's food, parks, hammocks, and baseball fields.
  • Justin B.
    Justin BretonJuly 27, 2014
    Great place to get away from the city for a day! Lots to do, including: art exhibits, biking, hammocks, picnics, food trucks, views of the Freedom Tower, views of the Statue of Liberty and much more.
  • Tomáš J.
    Tomáš JanoušekJuly 25, 2014
    It's a scam. Most of it closed for maintenance and draft beer very hard to find. :-(
  • Melanie R.
    Melanie RobertJuly 1, 2014
  • Lovely G.
    Lovely G.June 28, 2014
    A beautiful place to be on a day they are having an event but I suggest you bring something to sit on because seats are limited.
  • JC G.
    JC García-AenlleJune 21, 2014
    Recommend it's a must in NYC
  • Mike F.
    Mike FraiettaJune 7, 2014
    Hammock. Nap.
  • Stuart B.
    Stuart BridgettJune 7, 2014
    Ferry from the end of Atlantic Ave in Brooklyn is no longer free, but is only $2 for a return trip. Only two sailings a day are free- 11am and 11:30am.
  • Kushal B.
    Kushal BereraJune 7, 2014
    Weekends the ferry is 6$ one way.
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksJune 4, 2014
    [festival] Visitors to FIGMENT NYC are invited to play minigolf, relax in our City of Dreams Pavilion, explore our interactive sculptures, and play in our TreeHouse all season long. 6/7-6/8, 10am-6pm Read more
  • Ariane v.
    Ariane van DievoetJune 3, 2014
    Awesome getaway from the crazyness of the city. Free ferry from governor Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.
  • Mauricio G.
    Mauricio GMay 26, 2014
    Bring cash if you plan on rating. Most places won't take credit or debit.
  • Dayana S.
    Dayana SouzaMay 26, 2014
  • UzoNYC
    UzoNYCMay 25, 2014
    Beautiful place, but not anything you can't recreate in Central Park. I'll go for an event, but not just on my own accord.
  • Wesley V.
    Wesley VerhoeveMarch 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best place in NYC
  • Dylan M.
    Dylan McKenzieDecember 14, 2013
    Ferry ride is fun. Not much to do here, but a quiet place for a bike ride and reading on a nice day. Good swings.
  • Tyler B.
    Tyler BradshawOctober 31, 2013
    She just opened up today for her birthday happy 127th birthday
  • Drew M.
    Drew MichelSeptember 29, 2013
    Beautiful view of the city
  • Christine C.
    Christine ClarkSeptember 21, 2013
    Awesome place! There were really cool art exhibits when I went and beautiful views!
  • Laura
    LauraSeptember 15, 2013
    Go early and skip the food court for Le Gamin by Fête Paradiso. Lovely day to be had by all.
  • Dave D.
    Dave DawsonSeptember 12, 2013
    The greatest place in this city! Worth the ferry ride over. It's an island, that is a park!
  • Matthew W.
    Matthew WrightSeptember 10, 2013
    Great place to relax
  • Charlene M.
    Charlene ManuelSeptember 7, 2013
    Perfect date spot with your SLR.
  • Jacob S.
    Jacob ShemkovitzAugust 31, 2013
    Island in NY Harbor which served various branches of the US Military from 1783 until the late 1990s; future uses are still being decided
  • Johnathan V.
    Johnathan VilarelleAugust 24, 2013
    Bring your bike
  • James B.
    James BruniAugust 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    This used to be a great getaway for us folks Downtown / now it's a tourist attraction with Jazz Lawn parties and carnival grounds
  • Jenny K.
    Jenny KAugust 18, 2013
    Bathrooms in the building right by ferry dock are very clean and little to no line.
  • Heather L.
    Heather LanzettaAugust 12, 2013
    Thanks for the invite
  • Mariah E.
    Mariah EismanAugust 5, 2013
    Catch the first ferry out of Brooklyn at 11 am and try to leave on the 3 pm ferry back, otherwise the wait is long and the dock is chaos.
  • Nick D.
    Nick DouglasAugust 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Be careful on the slide in that treehouse. It's not made for adult butts. Seriously, careful not to injure yourself.
  • Martin C.
    Martin C.August 4, 2013
    This place needs to throw out its current food concessions, badly cooked food served by dimwits who move at the speed if indolent slugs and can't manage a business so they don't run out
  • Anthony K.
    Anthony KorkhinAugust 2, 2013
    If you're planning on renting a bike, be sure you return it before 5:30pm or you'll get charged more.
  • Jansen
    JansenAugust 2, 2013
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupAugust 1, 2013
    An increasingly popular place to see live music, especially famous DJs. Catch a ferry out here, and you'll be rewarded with amazing views of downtown Manhattan.
  • Divya J.
    Divya JosephJuly 27, 2013
    Go there early! It's a lot more fun to bike around the island when it's not too crowded.
  • Angela
    AngelaJuly 14, 2013
    Great place to hang out with the kids! Bring blankets and bikes for a special picnic with the family
  • Kevin F.
    Kevin FitzpatrickJuly 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    iPhone app Gov Island essential. Map and GPS landmarks + history
  • Michael C.
    Michael CalleiaJuly 13, 2013
    Heads up, mixed uses bike and pedestrian paths = danger. I was almost hit by a ranger going fast and using people as pylons.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkJuly 11, 2013
    Look west to see the august face of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, or stop at the northern end of the island to gaze at lower Manhattan and the recently topped-off One World Trade Center. Read more
  • Sai D.
    Sai DhasmaJune 24, 2013
    Bring loads of water!
  • Amanda C.
    Amanda C.June 22, 2013
    Head over to the food court or the East Ferry Terminal for totally free, solar-powered charging stations! Works with iPhone 4, 5, micro USB, and if you have a cable of your own you can plug in & go!
  • AT&T
    AT&TJune 18, 2013
    One of NYC's hottest summer spots is best enjoyed (and shared) with a fully charged mobile phone. Visit our #ATTStreetCharge solar-powered mobile charging station to power up. Read more
  • C. Sha•Doe M.
    Bring a plastic trash bag, cut to open flat, a large blanket (like 5x7), an umbrella that you can stick in the ground, sun screen, a basket of food (or at least $50 cash for food), and 1920 clothes!
  • Alexandra L.
    Alexandra LaroseJune 9, 2013
    It was amazinnnnnngggg
  • Admiral L.
    Admiral LopezJune 9, 2013
    I expect more from our National Park Service. It's a shame that it's over-run by careless bicyclists. It appeared that all of the Hot Topics in America, dropped off their employees for a slouch fest.
  • Ana C. L.
    Ana C. LightleJune 8, 2013
    The ferry is free. Pack a picnic and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
  • Kristelle R.
    Kristelle RoMay 28, 2013
    A lovely pkace for family time and a picnic. Alcohol is not allowed, so leave your bottles at home.
  • Des B.
    Des BrownlieMay 27, 2013
    Get here early as it gets busy
  • Emily O.
    Emily OkeyMay 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to briefly escape the crazy city. Bring along a picnic lunch for a lazy Sunday afternoon.
  • Governors Island
    Governors IslandMay 22, 2013
    Open for the season starting May 25! See our schedule of programming here:
  • Orian B.
    Orian BreauxMay 6, 2013
    Catching The Jazz Age Lawn Party during the summer is a must! Come dance to authentic 20s music in the middle of the park, dress up with the other +700 who come out, and have a drink on the lawn.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SherlipApril 24, 2013
    Governors Island gives you a view of the Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Statue of Liberty and Staten Island. It's a great way to start & put an NYC tour into perspective.
  • Kyle Dean R.
    Kyle Dean ReinfordApril 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    bring your bike and go around the island. the best swingset in the world is there and it faces the statue of liberty. security is tight on the island, so don't try anything stupid.
  • Tremaine A.
    Tremaine AntoineSeptember 29, 2012
    Such a great place to get away. Very peaceful, very quiet.
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesSeptember 28, 2012
    Did you know the only Confederate prisoner to escape from the Island and went on to become a United States Senator from Tennessee. Read more
  • Scottie R.
    Scottie RocheSeptember 3, 2012
    Janitor in one of the building's says "Don't drink the water, if you find a water fountain DON'T drink from it." Um, whosaidwhatnow?
  • Rex B.
    Rex BelgardeSeptember 3, 2012
    Nice place to get away from the city, free bikes available and if your lucky unicycles!
  • Debra W.
    Debra WolfSeptember 1, 2012
    Fun event and beautiful setting. Great way to end the summer.
  • Yiannis
    YiannisAugust 28, 2012
    Wear bug repellent. Get grub at Perfect Picnic--delicious food, friendly service, excellent concept...what more could you want?
  • Chris
    ChrisAugust 25, 2012
    Nicks Famous Food Truck has good food.
  • Sara T.
    Sara TaylorAugust 13, 2012
    The ATM at the beer garden charges a $7 fee! WTF.
  • Shawnie
    ShawnieAugust 13, 2012
    An hour of free bike rentals on Fridays.
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesAugust 6, 2012
    Captain William R. Webb, the only Confederate prisoner to escape from Castle Williams on Governors Island, went on to become a Senator from Tennessee. Read more
  • The New Yorker
    The New YorkerAugust 3, 2012
    Imagine a playground that parents actually like: “If you create a park-like environment and people feel really free, adults hang out and participate like children do.” -Adriaan Geuze, West8 architect Read more
  • Maxim K.
    Maxim KovalenkoJuly 29, 2012
    Like New-York
  • Amy L.
    Amy L.July 17, 2012
    Free kayaking.
  • Museum of American Finance
    The Dutch landed here in the 17th century to establish a trading post. 400 years later NYC is still considered by many as the financial capital of the world. To learn more, visit the MoAF at 48 Wall Read more
  • Ryan
    RyanJuly 8, 2012
    Definitely get a quad and bike around the island. #yolo! :D
  • Michelle B.
    Michelle BJuly 7, 2012
    Cook offs and beer throughout July folks! ;)
  • Hazel
    HazelJune 10, 2012
    Just don't come, not worth it.
  • Lilah Z.
    Lilah ZephyrMay 30, 2012
    Just BEAUTIFUL! Plenty of things to do with out the confounded NYC crowd. Love it!
  • Kevin F.
    Kevin FitzpatrickMay 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times has news about walking tours and the mobile app for the island!
  • Mattias E.
    Mattias EngMay 26, 2012
    Check out the brothel under the Brooklyn-battery tunnel vent!
  • NY Waterway
    NY WaterwayMay 2, 2012
    Great concerts during the Summer! You can catch our boats on some weekends leaving from Battery Maritime Building to Governors Island. We love this place!
  • Saving Places
    Saving PlacesApril 23, 2012
    This 175-acre island boasts a rich collection of historic structures, including a house once occupied by colonial governors and 18th- and 19th-century fortifications.
  • G W.
    G WongMarch 22, 2012
    Hidden treasure of NYC, come here in the summer time on the free ferry and check out the historic sites, sometimes there's even concerts and other fun activities!
  • Shawnie
    ShawnieFebruary 4, 2012
    The island is only open to the public for a few months every year. Bike riding, concerts, beach parties, picnics, and free rides around the island. Not a lot of food choices here so bring your own.
  • D'Agostino Supermarkets
    D'Agostino SupermarketsJanuary 31, 2012
    After the American Revolution, the U.S. Army set up camp on the island in fear of another British invasion. The U.S. Army has since been there for the past 200 years. Talk about setting up camp!
  • Kmart Fashion
    Kmart FashionDecember 2, 2011
    Best for an escape from the city, w/o committing to a real commute. Our tip: Take a bike with you on the ferry to tour the entire island. Visit the girls & boys room before you go! Trust us on this.
  • Marq and Chriselle's Super Awesome Wedding
    This became a venue we frequented a lot in summer '11 taking romantic ferry rides to Gov's Island and taking the ferry back feeling really dirty, smelly, hungry and tired from the concert.
  • Alisha M.
    Alisha MirandaNovember 3, 2011
    #TREATYOSELF to.. a solo outing in the New York Harbor where you can do anything your heart desires, including knocking kids over at mini golf or stealing their bikes or touching pop-up art
  • Lauren G.
    Lauren GundrumOctober 17, 2011
    Watch for beer truck festivals, polo tournaments, and bocce ball competitions.
  • Ariel M.
    Ariel MatznerOctober 15, 2011
    Closed for this weekend!
  • shari g.
    shari goldsteinSeptember 24, 2011
    Come support the lower the fines campaign. Check out the street vendor project Booth to find out more
  • shari g.
    shari goldsteinSeptember 24, 2011
    Come support the lower the fines campaign. Check out street vendor project Booth and find out more
  • Tim H.
    Tim HayesSeptember 24, 2011
    'Like' Save NYC Food Trucks on Facebook & Follow them on Twitter: @SaveNYCFoodTrux
  • Tim H.
    Tim HayesSeptember 24, 2011
    Find the crew with the 'Save the Food Trucks' t-shirts & ask them how you can help!
  • shari g.
    shari goldsteinSeptember 24, 2011
    Try the creme brulee donut from the cinnamon snail truck. To die for!
  • Razorfish
    RazorfishSeptember 20, 2011
    A little getaway from the City where the grass in greener, the air is fresher, the trees outnumber the people, and the ferry is free.
  • Jason C.
    Jason CiprianiSeptember 17, 2011
    Play a round of FIGMENT Minigolf at the terrace and make a donation!
  • Jason C.
    Jason CiprianiSeptember 17, 2011
    Check out the FIGMENT sculpture garden!
  • Todd
    ToddSeptember 5, 2011
    There are porta-johns all over the island, but use the bathrooms behind the water taxi beach. Those have real sinks with soap!
  • CheapNYC
    CheapNYCSeptember 2, 2011
    Some much goes on there. Make sure to checkout the website to see what's happening!
  • Zinio
    ZinioAugust 30, 2011
    Condé Nast Traveller calls the island a blank canvas for high and low culture. Read more
  • CheapNYC
    CheapNYCAugust 22, 2011
    Something is always going on there. Check the site to find events.
  • Min T.
    Min TanAugust 22, 2011
    Who doesn't like free stuff? Now they have free Mini Golf!
  • michele j.
    michele jarrettAugust 15, 2011
    Ride a bike, tour old fashioned homes, have a picnic - a quick vacation from the city! Read more
  • Carmen d.
    Carmen da SilvaAugust 15, 2011
    Free ferry from either Brooklyn or Battery Park with free events regularly like yoga, concerts and bike rentals. Read more
  • NEREphotography
    NEREphotographyAugust 11, 2011
    A great trip for any photographer, check out the old buildings and Yankee Pier on the back side of the Island. Bring a bike or rent one for ease of travel around the Island. @nerephotography
  • Anna D.
    Anna DAugust 6, 2011
    Ice cream sandwiches, bikes, a playground, mini golf. Great weekend break for kids.
  • Cari
    CariAugust 5, 2011
    such wonderful history Read more
  • Ruth B.
    Ruth BrinkerAugust 5, 2011
    Free Bike Friday! First hour free!!!
  • Jessica D.
    Jessica DangJuly 25, 2011
    Double-date picnic and bicycling!
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonJuly 20, 2011
    Governors Island has played key roles in civil war, revolution and two world wars. Now it’s famous for relaxing, picnicking, strolling and cycling. Get there by ferry, maybe explore by kayak.
  • 2Plus2NYCReview
    2Plus2NYCReviewJuly 18, 2011
    Governor’s Island is now open to the public. It’s just a 10 minute ferry ride (FREE) from lower Manhattan, and an even quicker one from Brooklyn... Read more
  • Robert L.
    Robert LubowJuly 10, 2011
    There's rocking chairs inside the fort. Porch lyfe!
  • Robert L.
    Robert LubowJuly 10, 2011
    The handicapped stall in the men's room in Building 10 is the best place to poop on the island.
  • katharine r.
    katharine ricciJuly 9, 2011
    Lay out on the water taxi beach and enjoy a brew.
  • Kevin F.
    Kevin FitzpatrickJuly 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Governors island Explorer's Guide app for iPhone & you will discover lots to learn & see on the island
  • Kevin F.
    Kevin FitzpatrickJuly 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Governors island Explorer's Guide app for iPhone & you will discover lots to learn & see on the island
  • Wesley V.
    Wesley VerhoeveJuly 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Whoever installed the sculpture with the ringable bell needs to be tarred and feathered. Obnoxious ruiner of the peaceful vibe. And parents, don't let your kid be an asshole.
  • Wesley V.
    Wesley VerhoeveJuly 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Whomever decided that installing the art piece with the bell and a rope to ring it with needs to be tarred and feathered. It ruins the whole idea of a peaceful time with the constant noise.
  • Smithsonian Channel
    Smithsonian ChannelJune 24, 2011
    In the early 1900s, this island was enlarged by more than 100 acres using earthen landfill produced by excavations for the New York subway system. (From Aerial America) Read more
  • Carmen d.
    Carmen da SilvaJune 23, 2011
    Free ferries to/from the Island and a free hour of bike rental every Friday this summer :) Read more
  • Brittany W.
    Brittany WinslowJune 19, 2011
    Don't try to get off the island. Zero organization, and NO direction. My 5 year old cousin could do a better job organizing this.
  • Terence M.
    Terence MeadeMay 31, 2011
    Bringing a bike is not necessary.
  • Andrea
    AndreaMay 29, 2011
    awesome place outside of city. Bike ride for 2 hrs is $30 but worth the river view. Really unique spot.
  • Sloan G.
    Sloan GaonMay 29, 2011
    BrewerPic looks cool, but the lines are too long
  • Danielle K.
    Danielle KlingMay 28, 2011
    Attend Figment!! Visit Leggitt Terrace for Figment's Season Long Sculpture Garden and Mini Golf Course. Then, come out for Figment's event weekend June 10,11, 12. See over 400 interactive artists!!!
  • Alfonso
    AlfonsoMay 28, 2011
    Water Taxi Beach! Art Festivals! Concerts! Jazz-Age Lawn Party! The New York Harbor School! ALL FREE, ALL WELCOME! COME TO GOVERNORS ISLAND!
  • Collin B.
    Collin BellMay 24, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Take a tour with a National Park Ranger every Friday, Saturday or Sunday @ 11:25, 1:25 or 3:25 to learn the history of this amazing and beautiful place.
  • The New York Daily News
    The New York Daily NewsDecember 7, 2010
    PHOTO: 1947. First Army Sergt. Robert G. Evraets passes up the shovel for a flame-thrower, testing the weapon as an anti-snow device on Governors Island, at the link! Read more
  • Alisha M.
    Alisha MirandaNovember 21, 2010
    the perfect day-trip getaway for New Yorkers: stunning views, historical tours, a plethora of free outdoor activities, sunshine, and friendly people. one of my favorite places to visit over and over!
  • Lyndsey M.
    Lyndsey McAdamsSeptember 24, 2010
    Free bike friday is awesome!
  • Connie K.
    Connie KSeptember 13, 2010
    Pack a picnic, outdoor games and bring your bike. Just a ten min boat ride... and it's all free. A great way to spend a Sat or Sun.
  • Julie S.
    Julie SSeptember 9, 2010
    Don't forget the hand sanitizer! Port-a-potties are the only option here.
  • Vintees
    VinteesSeptember 5, 2010
    Food Truck Festival is a joke! Long lines(2+ hours) warm beer- what a joke
  • Oliveesz P.
    Oliveesz PtcAugust 19, 2010
    hang out with picnic...
  • Crunch Gym
    Crunch GymAugust 19, 2010
    Turn your day trip to Governors Island into a day of fitness fun by renting bikes. You can burn over 500 calories an hour and you’ll see more sights while you’re at it. Read more
  • james
    jamesAugust 8, 2010
    amazing view, beachiness, live music. superb summer venue!
  • Elsa K.
    Elsa KaminskyAugust 8, 2010
    Local Natives are fantastic live!
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel L.August 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Go to picnic point for an awesome view of the bridges and staten island while you lay out!!
  • Linnea C.
    Linnea CovingtonAugust 3, 2010
    If you go to Govs Island and wish to come back BK side, you have to leave around 6pm. Otherwise, you will be forced to go Manhattan bound! Eep!
  • Wesley V.
    Wesley VerhoeveAugust 1, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Perfect for a picnic
  • Emma M.
    Emma MHJuly 31, 2010
    have a picnic!
  • Emi T.
    Emi TakedaJuly 31, 2010
    free bike rentals on fridays! it's so relaxing and fun :D
  • The Wall Street Journal
    Promoters held a series of free concerts here in an attempt to build the island's reputation as a destination for music. Now, they're hosting ticketed concerts. Read more
  • Anthony B.
    Anthony BovinoJuly 18, 2010
    Take the 10am ferry from Manhattan- and head straight to picnic point to score a hammock...
  • Laura W.
    Laura WagnerJune 20, 2010
    Punk Island!
  • Gadling
    GadlingJune 19, 2010
    Beat the heat of the city by escaping to this island with epic views of Manhattan & the Statue of Liberty. Gorgeous old building dot the island. The West Indian food cart is amazing. -mb
  • Josefa P.
    Josefa PaganuzziJune 11, 2010
    Bucket List!
    HISTORYApril 8, 2010
    The island's name stems from British colonial times when the colonial assembly reserved the island for the exclusive use of New York's royal governors.
  • Bridgit
    BridgitMarch 2, 2010
    Rent some bikes during the summer
  • Sasha K.
    Sasha KorenJanuary 30, 2010
    A ferry ride to a historic New England village (with barracks and a castle). Quickest way to get out of town during the summer.
  • Super W.
    Super WarioSeptember 24, 2009
    Go there, ride your bike, eat a lunch, and admire the open space.
  • Courtney R.
    Courtney ReimerAugust 8, 2009
    Definitely make the schlep out to Picnic Point and chill on a hammock or adirondack chair.
  • Jeanette N.
    Jeanette NunezAugust 8, 2009
    we had a picnic & played minature golf at Governors Island.
  • Carol M.
    Carol MartzinekJuly 27, 2009
    Go to the movie theatre and catch a short independent film when it's open.
  • rohun
    rohunJuly 26, 2009
    Bacon wrapped hot dogs @ water taxi beach and some quality time in a hammock @ picnic point!
  • Seni T.
    Seni ThomasJuly 21, 2009
    Picnic and Kayaking. Awesome!!!
  • Kelsey S.
    Kelsey SortlandJuly 14, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Have a picnic! And play mini golf!
  • klara p.
    klara palotaiJune 4, 2009
    june 12, 2009
  • Joko
    JokoOctober 2, 2016
    Leider schon zu
  • Florian C.
    Florian CordillotAugust 17, 2016
    🇫🇷 - J'y suis allé pendant un festival de Jazz 🎷 (à la grande surprise). Très grand et la vue est sublime. Une partie de l'île est inintéressante (en construction) mais le reste est sympathique !
  • Isabel V.
    Isabel ValeroSeptember 8, 2015
    La arquitectura es preciosa
  • Carolina E.
    Carolina EstradaSeptember 30, 2013
    Solo esta abierto al público durante los fines de semana del verano
  • Shinji T.
    Shinji TadenumaAugust 16, 2011
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