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Governor's Island

New York Harbor, New York City, NY 10001 (Financial District)
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As featured in New York City on a budget
Ranked #51 of 851 attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Islands, Military Bases/ Facilities, Historic Sites
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Traveler Description: Governor's Island is a fabulous NYC experience that is unique and rather  "un NYC"  It provides an experience that is off the beaten path, is fresh... more »
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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New York City, New York
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Great for getting out alone or with friends and family. The trust is continuing to add new fun things to do on the island. There is basketball, baseball, large fields for random sports. Plus a great view of NYC. It is free for selected times on the weekend and only two dollars round trip during the week. You can easily... More

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New York City, New York
20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Of course, I have to complain first. There aren't any bathrooms! Just really awful and dirty Porta Potties. When I went there, the actual bathrooms (with running water), were all out of order or they closed really early. Trapped on an island with tons and food and drink but no sanitary bathrooms...it must be awful for parents of young children... More

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Governers Island is a car free island. The ferry ride is free or inexpensive (ex. 2 dollars for adults kids free ). If you are with kids Visit Pier 6 in Brooklyn - the site of water park and var other parks (all free) then take the ferry to Governer's island. There are ferries heading there from various places -... More

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South Windsor, Connecticut
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This is a great place. The short ferry ride over is only $2 and you get great views of the city. There are bikes to rent, picnic areas, things for kids to do, hammocks to relax in and many other things to do. Views are spectacular and there is also a Food Court if you didn't bring a picnic lunch... More

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West Babylon, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The ferry is only $2 and the park is amazing bike rentals are available on the island ,food court, hammocks to lay down on . Two forts to explore with guided tour free all in all a great get away for only a few bucks !

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Chicago, Illinois
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95 reviews 95 reviews
29 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This is a wonderful place to spend the day. If you are a "foodie" there area has a vast array of food trucks with every type of food you would want to consider. The ferry ride is only 2.00. The park was designed for families and children. You can also walk around and see the old fort (which at one... More

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Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
33 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

Our 3rd trip to nyc but first time to governors island. We took the 2$ return pedestrian ferry from the pier adjacent to the Staten Island dock and came back the same way, though a Brooklyn return is possible from a second GI pier at no additional cost. Bike rentals are available through an outfit called blazing saddles (a play... More

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

A someone who lived on the island, its been interesting to see it change. Its in a continual state of evolution - some good, some not so. All in all, its still a largely overlooked site, yet totally worth a visit - you won't believe you're in New York City!

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Sochi, Russia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

it's a great place to spend a day out.the ferry is only 2 dollars return trip(pier 6 is 2 min walk from staten island ferry terminal)there's a small sandy spot to play volleyball ,a baseball lawn and a playground to have fun.we enjoyed amazing manhattan skyline and views of statue of liberty,then relaxed in hammocks.as we got there on sunday... More

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Union City, New Jersey, United States
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465 reviews 465 reviews
107 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Though no longer undiscovered, this oasis close to the city is a paradise for a relaxing weekend day. Take the free ferry from Manhattan or Brooklyn in the early morning and beat the crowds that take over by lunch time. The island is very walkable, so unless you love bikes, just use what your momma gave you and hoof it.... More

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