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Governors Island National Monument

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Address: New York Harbor, Ferry Terminal, New York City, NY 10004
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+1 212-440-2200
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10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
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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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Unexpected Gem in the Harbor

This was so unexpected. Went over on the ferry midweek. What a great place to discover the history and how important the island was to our earlier inhabitants. The National... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Brooklyn, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great place to bike ride during the summer they have $2 ferries r/t to shuttle people over. A non crowded place to hang out away from the city.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was so unexpected. Went over on the ferry midweek. What a great place to discover the history and how important the island was to our earlier inhabitants. The National Parks Department has done a spectacular job developing this space. The elevation has just been increased on one side of the island. Material taken from the second avenue subway was... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is still somehow a bit of hidden gem as even some of my NYC friends had not been there when I went! Easy to reach and with a whole lot of events going on at different times of the year this a good retreat from the bustle of the Big Apple. When we went there were no events going... More 

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Manama, Bahrain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017

Interesting calm island. We rented bicycle and started exploring. The views of the Manhattan skyline were supreme from the island. I visited in August and it was pleasant weather, so better check if it's open during the time of your visit.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016

Creepy looking place which I loved! lol Its okay for a quick visit if you're already on the Liberty and Ellis tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

Great views, interesting special events, uncrowded and easy to get to. Not open year round so you need to check dates before heading down to the ferry. Also it is best to make a reservation. Sometimes it is busy especially if a special event is going on. Had an interesting tour with a park ranger. Brought our bikes on the... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

Originally built as a sister fort to the one in the Battery, the National Monument was intended as a protection for Manhattan (or New York City). It was for many years a prison. It is interesting, I think, to take a look at it, but if one's time in New York is limited you might skip it in favor of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2016

Come for art shows, musical events, walking and seeing historical sites. Short free (early daytime) ferry ride to the island. You can spend hours here enjoying the solitude off the beaten path, or be in with the crowds at events. Watch the boats go by, ignore the helicopters overhead. Enjoy the breeze and views.

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York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016

A short ferry ride across and then into groups with very enthusiastic and entertaining guides. This old Naval defence was interesting I was surprised though at how it had been left to go derelict, due of course to lack of funds.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

I had lived in the city a year or so before visiting. It was love at first sight. Great Ferry ride, the best views of downtown Manhattan, amazing opportunity to exercise on foot or by bike with some interesting events. Good quality souvenir T-shirts and fun cafes. The only draw back is that it is currently only open May to... More 

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