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Address: New York Harbor, New York City, NY 10001
Phone Number: 212-427-4040
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Description: 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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A nice excursion on a warm sunny day

First enjoy the boat ride, then take in NY harbor from this historic island. Rent a bike, walk around, enjoy the vistas, share a frisbee. People watch. It's an inexpensive way to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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hgoldman77
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69 reviews 69 reviews
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

First enjoy the boat ride, then take in NY harbor from this historic island. Rent a bike, walk around, enjoy the vistas, share a frisbee. People watch. It's an inexpensive way to enjoy being in NYC.

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Nyack, New York
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

The vaycay feeling starts on the (short) ferry ride from lower Manhattan (or Bklyn). It feels like you've left the bustle of the city immediately. The island can be explored in a day, but on repeat visits you will find something new. Don't miss the tour of the fort, with federal park rangers (great hats) & wonderful views of Manhattan.... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The Island has history, a park a lots of things to do. At times the have art shows and events. The downtown manhattan view is spectacular. Well worth the free short trip.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

It's a place to go to when the weather is warm and the breezes are not the fierce winds off the water in winter. Special events,art exhibits and the like are the main reason I choose to go to the island. The view when you can sit and relish it during the warm months is beautiful. The harbor,lower Manhattan and... More 

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nyc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

they have a yearly event held here in the summer where people come dressed up in the Roaring Twenties with a live band that plays nostalgic music of the 20s and 30s. If you are lucky to watch when it will be and you happen to be in town, plan on getting tickets to get in the specific area where... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Governors Island, a world unto itself, unique and full of promise. For almost two centuries, Governors Island was a military base - home to the US Army and later the Coast Guard, and closed to the public. In 2003 the federal government sold 150 acres of Island to the people of New York, with the Island's governance and funding jointly... More 

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Bronx, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Governor's Island is a beautiful hidden gem in NYC. A short ferry ride and you arrive at an island that gives you amazing views of the skyline, Statue of Liberty, and even NJ. It's a perfect place to have a picnic, go for a jog/bike ride or just walk around. Whether you're with your friends, family, or on a date,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Bring your bike on the free ferry in summer. Historic fort and homes to see and visit. Tour the island on the surrounding bike/pedestrian path and watch harbor traffic of commuters and other boats. Views of Downtown Manhattan, Statue of Liberty, Seaport, and bridges.

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Homewood, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

I spent 4 months in New York last year, and one weekend decided to check out Governor's Island. When I got to the (free) ferry I was surprised to see so many people dressed like they had just jumped out of the Great Gatsby. As it turned out, it was the annual Jazz-Era fest, and it was truly spectacular to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

took the ferry over to the island and enjoy exploring. Not really crowded and relaxing as one walks around exploring the old fort. That s what I was interested in, and was not disappointed. Well maintained by the National park service. Nice place for a relaxing picnic while looking at Manhattan across the water. Good place for photos. Not a... More 

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