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Governor's Island

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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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Away from it all! Take the short ferry ride.

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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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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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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Stafford, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We were so happy we got to go over on one of the last weekends of the season. The weather was wonderful and we really enjoyed waliing around and checking out the art exhibits in the old officer housing. We went and enjoyed lunch overlooking the water from the schnitzel food truck. We will deffinently be back next season.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

History buffs will love the military back story and presence so close to one of America's greatest cities. National park aficionados can collect another stamp. Couples will like the ability to wander around (or rent bikes) in private. Families with kids will like the picnic areas, play places and open spaces. Pick a nice early or late summer day, plan... More 

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