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Governors Island National Monument

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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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New York Harbor, Ferry Terminal, New York City, NY 10004
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We recently visited Governor's Island when our daughter did a 10K run organized by Runner's Club of NY - what an amazing island, one that is almost a forgotten part of Manhattan. You can get here by ferry which departs next to the Staten Island...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank YayeMama
Reviewed 1 week ago

Looking for some time to kill take the ferry to Governors Island and have a stroll around. Want the full effect take the walking tour and learn the history. Then check out the views and have a picnic lunch.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Spuddler
Reviewed October 27, 2018

Five minute ferry ride to an old military base which is now a park great for biking or walking. During the year they host many festivals, art fairs, etc. there is also a glam camping area with furnished platform tents, dining area and bar, which...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank riceland
Reviewed October 26, 2018 via mobile

It was a cold, windy, cloudy day, but it didn’t dampen our fun renting well-maintained, smooth riding bike “cruisers” from the island’s Blazing Saddles for 2 hours, circling twice around the island’s perimeter ($45 for 3). Stunning views of the Manhattan skyline and Statue of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank LindaRap
Reviewed October 19, 2018

Good place for a walk in a scenic, historical setting. There are a few interesting places here (defunct officer's club, artwork in a church, two forts), though not as much as many other places in NYC. Food options are not great but there is something...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Tomek K
Reviewed October 16, 2018 via mobile

Another great place to see the Manhattan Skyline and learn some history. There are food trucks and bicycles you can rent. You have plenty of greenery to chose from to bring food and have a picnic. Also, there is some outdoor art you can see.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank LisaTaz48
Reviewed October 2, 2018

My husband and I enjoyed a Sunday with beautiful late September weather exploring the island. There are a variety of experiences available. For families there are free playgrounds and paid activities such as skating rink, climbing, simple miniature golf course, etc. For those interested in...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank seek-scenic
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

We were stationed on GI in the 60’s and 70’s while it was a Coast Guard base. It was more of a remembrance visit. We were very much disappointed about the lack of any USCG note that they even existed there. Maybe in the long...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank marksS5157VB
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Hop on the ferry near Wall Street to Governors Island. The views of the city, Statue of Liberty and NJ are fantastic. Cars aren't allowed on the island (service cars only) so there is great walking. Climb the hill for better views. Go inside the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Spiketon
Reviewed October 1, 2018

We were walking north from the Atlantic Avenue entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park, on this last Saturday of September, to attend an Asian cultural fair at the park. We usually pass the Governors Island Ferry line, at Pier 6, and laugh at the immense size...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Topaz C
July 13, 2018|
Response from Dondi22 | Reviewed this property |
Bring a blanket, or a folding chair - Parade Ground is a large grassy field.
May 16, 2017|
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Response from madd4912 | Reviewed this property |
No, it's not. It's a couple of block away. There are sign indicating where to go
March 9, 2016|
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Response from TheaCTravels | Reviewed this property |
You are quite welcome. I plan to go back with my daughter and share some of the history with her.