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Governors Island

Governors Island
Governors Island

© Carl MiKoy

Only a seven-minute ferry ride from lower Manhattan, Governors Island is a popular historical and recreational attraction, providing the opportunity to spend a fun day away from the hectic city, while remaining close enough to keep the skyline and the Statue of Liberty in view.

The 172-acre island was a former military post that played a large role in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Governors Island features a beautiful park-like setting with plush trees and over 60 historic buildings that serve as genuine illustrations of Victorian, Romanesque Revival, and Neo-Classical architecture. These buildings sit upon acres of open space, perfect for the plethora of activities offered for people of all ages and a relaxing day outside.

Each weekend from May to October, the Island becomes an exciting destination for festivals, performances, and exhibitions. In addition, the island is a popular attraction for city bicyclists craving open space and clean air, with more than five miles of car-free roads and 2.2 miles of waterfront trails.

Attraction Information

  • Hours:
  • Hours vary, please check website
  • Admission:
  • Free
  • Ferry:
  • The Governors Island Ferry departs from the Battery Maritime Building located 10 South Street, adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry in Lower Manhattan.
  • Contact:
  • Website:
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