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Governor's Island

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Address: New York Harbor, Ferry Terminal, New York City, NY 10004
Phone Number: 2124402200
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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This former Dutch governor's estate, former military fort and former Coast...

This former Dutch governor's estate, former military fort and former Coast Guard command post now enjoys its old age as a historic monument where you can take the occasional tour.

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Awesome little island

Go there in the spring and summertime. This place used to be a bustling army base and now sits as a relic. It would be a great place to picnic, walk around, and see the incredible... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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New York City, New York

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New York City, New York
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Go there in the spring and summertime. This place used to be a bustling army base and now sits as a relic. It would be a great place to picnic, walk around, and see the incredible views of lower Manhattan. Every June and August they throw a Jazz Age Lawn Party which harks back to the days of the roaring... More 

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Oxnard, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is just a small patch of land that had the ultimate view of The World Trade Center. You can also see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island from there.

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Thank Alan S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice trip with families for picnics, very informative, great views. Spend the entire day there enjoying the history, there is a food court on the island but it may be limited for some people.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

we flew over it on a helicopter visit, some good history to read up about on it if you like that sort of thing :)

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

I can see the appeal for families who lack green space activities or ability to take a short boat ride, but our trip was unremarkable. The view of the statue of liberty from the water is not nearly as close as the Staten Island Ferry, and most of the buildings on the property did not appear to be tourist ready.... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Well if it ain't Governors Island. Well what else can I say. My forefather saw it well before I. They did not leave much information after their visit and I see no need to leave any. Except they do have a database of visits from immigrants.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Go in the summer, rent bikes, enjoy some from the food trucks. It's a great spot for a picnic and done peace !

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

We've been there a couple of times. There are always special events going on, along with food trucks. You can get a pretty good up close view of the Statue of Liberty and the downton scenery is exceptional.

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Thank HKLUSA
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

A silent stop in the middle of the most busy city in the world. Great place to visit during the weekend. Always something is going one here. Great for couples , great for kids. Absolutely must for New Yorkers :), and if you are tired from the rush of the city so YES go there.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

A very short ferry ride from downtown Manhattan or Brooklyn will take you to this oasis in the Big City. Governor's Island is changing so rapidly, offering more activities, art, sport, ferry routes, etc. every season that it's best to Google what's happening when you choose to visit (esp. the ferry schedule). In warm weather there can be a long... More 

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