Governors Island

Governors Island

Island, Historic Site, and Park
Governors Island, New York
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  • The experts at Time Out New York and The New Yorker recommend this place
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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)
    2Plus2NYCReview
    "just a 10 minute ferry ride"(5 Tips)
    Daniel L.
    "picnic point for an awesome view"(4 Tips)
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  • Liam K.
    Liam K.October 24, 2017
    One of the best parks in the city!
  • Vivian Z.
    Vivian ZhangOctober 9, 2017
    There are 2 citibike stations on the island!
  • Michelle
    MichelleAugust 24, 2017
    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, 2017
    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.
    Cole KennedyJuly 18, 2017
    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, 2017
    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.
    Kevin O'NeillMay 31, 2017
    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, 2017
    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! http://hashtagnyu.tumblr.com/post/146072079746/9-islands-beyond-manhattan-you-should-explore
  • 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!
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