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Governor's Island

Address: New York Harbor, New York City, NY 10001 (Financial District)
Phone Number: 212-427-4040
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Ranked #34 of 616 Attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Islands, Military Bases/ Facilities, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Fee: No
Owner description: This former Dutch governor's estate, former military fort and former...
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Type: Historic Sites, Islands, Military Bases/ Facilities, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Columbia, South Carolina
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665 reviews 665 reviews
528 attraction reviews
343 helpful votes 343 helpful votes
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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53 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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111 reviews 111 reviews
46 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

I like the place but not that impressed. Nice views and a place to visit but dont expect much. We had lunch at the resturant andfood was average ok. Time to relax walk and take awsome pictures.

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London, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The island is equipped with all that you'd need for a comfortable day out, food (various options and reasonably priced), toilet facilities (not the greatest but fine), and you can walk, bike, sit or lay in a hammock. On weekends at certain times you can get free ferries, otherwise the fare is really cheap (I think $2) ... the island... More 

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New York
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80 reviews 80 reviews
27 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I went to Govenors Island and it was really nice. The ferry ride was really nice. You can bike and walk on the island. There are two forts and great history. If you go to New York go to Govenors Island.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
10 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Wow, what a find. I knew this place existed but we found ourselves on the East River ferry (another new service?) heading south to Brooklyn and decided to stay on for the hour it took to get to Governors Island. We couldn't have picked a better day as there was an art exhibition going on, numerous street food vendors and... More 

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New York City, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I love visiting this small island with my husband. $2 Ferry available from Brooklyn, less then 15mins ride. There is plenty to do for couples and families. I enjoy the tree lined walks. No crowds. Very very clean. Benches available on walkways. There is a bathroom facility on the island with washrooms. Food truck vendors are your average priced food... More 

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St. John's, Antigua
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I visited Governor's Island for an art show and was amazed that this gem of a location was available all summer. The ferry was reasonable at $2 return trip and there was a huge park. You could rent a bicycle if you did not have your own and explore the island or explore on foot. The wide expanse of spaces... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
16 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Governor's Island is not open to the public all year round. Work is currently being undertaken to open more areas of the island, so it will be interesting to return in the future to see how the work has progressed. The ferry service from Manhattan is located next to the Staten Island ferry terminal and starts operating at 1000 am.... More 

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