Governors Island

Governors Island, New York City: Address, Governors Island Reviews: 4.5/5

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TravelingAmos
New Jersey336 contributions
An oasis in the city
Sep 2020
We've been coming here for at least ten years now, though we don't live in NYC. The first time we came we envied all those who brought their own bikes. Now we bring our bikes with us. We have not gotten to the point of packing a picnic lunch, but there are some good food vendors on the island.

For those who don't know, the island can only be reached by ferry from downtown Manhattan or from Brooklyn. It is car-free and therefore very bike-friendly. There's a nice picnic area with great views of both the Statue of Liberty and the Verrazano Bridge on the southern part of the island. There is not a whole lot to due other than relax, but it would be a welcome respite on a busy tour of the city. Make sure to book your ferry tickets in advance. I believe that it's free on weekdays and early on weekends.
Written September 26, 2020
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Team McLemore
Philadelphia, PA142 contributions
Great family time in NYC!!!
Aug 2020
Great place for a day with the family!!!! Plenty of amenities, eating places and restroom and a great place to tandem bike!!!
Written September 2, 2020
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Jobojoanne
New York114 contributions
Hidden gem - off the beaten path.
Aug 2020
I've lived in NYC since 1991 and can't believe I waited nearly 30 years to visit this awesome place. A must see. Perfect for social distancing during pandemic, but I look forward to returning when everything is open. Perfect for everyone - adults, kids, seniors, etc.
Written August 7, 2020
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evelyn
Rochester, NY17 contributions
Best park in NYC!
Jul 2019 • Family
This is a hidden gem! Take a $3 ferry from battery park and spend all day exploring this beautiful island. The views of the lower Manhattan skyline are phenomenal. You can rent a bike, or walk around. They even have free hammocks! If you want to spend the night, you can try camping or glamping. There are food trucks for lunch and ice cream. There is really so much to do at such a beautiful park. Not many people know about this underrated island, so it isn’t very crowded, even during busy times of the year like Memorial Day weekend and the Fourth of July weekend. I would 1000/10 recommend this and I will definitely visit again this summer.
Written April 27, 2020
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blackeldo
Kiama, Australia1,939 contributions
A Tale Of Two Islands….
Sep 2019
….WHICH CATER FOR MORE THAN TWO TYPES OF TOURISTS….

At the start was the original island – an oval 750mx530 perfectly positioned abt 800m SOUTH of MANHATTAN’S southern tip to guard approaches to both the East and West rivers. No surprises in significant military installations being established here.
Which means history buffs/military nerds tourists wanting to view/tour old forts and some unrestored/restored military apartments and housing (NATIONAL PARKS runs walking tours of this area plus fort visits etc.) - or those seeking great views of southern MANHATTAN high-rise, have a perfect venue.

Early last century the size of the island was more than doubled by dumping spoil from the NYC subway construction to the south of the existing zone. At one stage most was covered with military facilities but more recently much was cleared and the area reshaped as a leisure zone. To that end there are park-like open spaces, gardens, sports fields and other leisure areas, a glamping zone, several hills and lotsa paved paths/roads with great outlooks. Concerts, corporate picnics and sporting events are not unusual.
Naturally this area will appeal to tourists seeking a top leisure spot minutes from busy NYC, but view-seekers will not be disappointed either: the outlook towards the STATUE OF LIBERTY/ELLIS ISLAND, BROOKLYN, STATEN ISLAND-THE NARROWS BRIDGE is outstanding.

TIPS – Check open status before you go – normally MARCH-OCT. Entry free.
- inexpensive ferries from MANHATTAN’S SOUTH FERRY and BROOKLYN. Some early bird weekend trips free. Schedules and costs online.
- compact, so easy to get around. Can walk the whole thing + 4 bike rental places: a BLAZING SADDLES outlet + 3 CITIBIKE locations.
- no shortage of food/ drink outlets – mainly in the original zone. A good one near the ferry pier for MANHATTAN.
Written March 20, 2020
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland14,929 contributions
Governors Island
Mar 2020 • Solo
This little island sits at the base of Manhattan. Believe it hosts some or pirate events. Lots of history!
Written March 3, 2020
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL11,060 contributions
A neat surprise with amazing views
Mar 2019
I had been to New York several times but never had seen or thought about Governor's Island. Our trip this time was to visit the island and see the Harbor School. The ferry trip was great to get out on the water and see the city from this view. When then toured the Island and its old fort as well as the school. It has some interesting history. Overall, I am so glad I took the time to visit. It was made for pictures of the city.
Written January 14, 2020
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Brooke E
Australia36 contributions
Highly recommended
Oct 2019
This island came recommended to us by a local and we were not disappointed. It was the week leading up to Halloween when we visited. The crowds were minimal which was a nice change for NYC.We had an amazing view of the statue of liberty. In fact, the views throughout were fantastic and allowed us to look back over towards Manhattan from a different perspective. Walking around the island was easy but there was bikes and trikes you can hire if require. There is lots to look at and read regarding the military history of the island too which we both enjoyed and a great selection of food trucks. I would highly recommend visiting the island as a day out.
Written January 12, 2020
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Sidcup, UK681 contributions
Good view!
Oct 2019
Governors island is a short ferry ride away, but easy to get to. There’s not much there but you can get a good view of lower Manhattan across the water, as well as the statue of Liberty from across the water too. You can hire 4 person peddle carriages to get you around quickly.
Written December 4, 2019
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Sofia B
3 contributions
No food...no direction....no real activities
Oct 2019 • Couples
Do something else. Sure it’s pretty I guess and u get to take the ferry over there but we were turned away from so many places closed for food, finally found one open, they only accepted credit card, got turned away. Just a bunch of old abandon buildings, some art...lots of land to get lost on
Written October 14, 2019
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