Governors Island

Governors Island

Island, Historic Site, and Park
Governors Island, New York
  • The experts at The New Yorker and The Wall Street Journal recommend this place
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    • The Wall Street Journal
  • 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)
    Daniel L.
    "picnic point for an awesome view"(5 Tips)
    "just a 10 minute ferry ride"(5 Tips)
224 Tips and reviews
  • biking
  • picnics
  • scenic views
  • statue of liberty
  • tours
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  • 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
  • Jean L.
    Jean LopezJuly 30, 2016
    Free WWII Workout-Definitely Your Grandfather's Workout. 10:30 AM Every Wednesday and Saturday (until September 24th) Get on the Battery Maritime Building's 10:00 AM Ferry at 10 South Street NY.
  • 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.
  • IrmaZandl T.
    IrmaZandl The OpinionatorAugust 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    An absolute gem!! Go on the behind the scenes hard hat tour of the new architectural landscaping in progress. Last Friday of the month thru September. Gorgeous views.
  • 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.
  • 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
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