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Don't miss the 45 minute tour when you get to the island of Castle Williams

When you arrive on Governor's Island for the day and you start to walk around, don't miss out on... read more

Reviewed September 2, 2018
Justin W
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Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey
Great place that's not crowded

Built in the early 1800's to protect New York. It did its job as the British didn't bother NYC... read more

Reviewed January 22, 2018
Chinapjs
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed September 2, 2018

When you arrive on Governor's Island for the day and you start to walk around, don't miss out on the 45 minute tour of Castle Williams, one of the two historic forts on the island. It is a great tour that takes you through the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Justin W
Reviewed January 22, 2018

Built in the early 1800's to protect New York. It did its job as the British didn't bother NYC during the War of 1812. Nice place to stroll around when on Governor's Island. Great view of the NYac skyline from up top too.

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed September 25, 2016

When you take the ferry out to Governor's Island be sure to take the Ranger tour of Castle Williams. It was built in the early 1800's to help defend NY harbor, It served as a barracks and prison during the Civil War and a military...More

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Lee L
Reviewed August 11, 2016

Governer's Island has yet to develop the reputation of a solid NYC attraction, but it's slowly gaining notice, with Castle Williams being only fairly recently open to the public. It has a fairly substantial history, having been used as a barracks in the US Civil...More

Date of experience: June 2016
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Reviewed June 18, 2015 via mobile

The Castle Williams on Governor's island could be very interesting, However there is not very much to see and do on a thursday morning in june. This could be managed so much better ...

Date of experience: June 2015
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Reviewed February 8, 2015 via mobile

History and park day. I myself absolutely recommend bringing your bike on the free ferry. There are bike rentals on the island available also. Great raves of the cannons and views from the fort itself.

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Reviewed July 22, 2014

Let's get one thing straight up front; Governors Island is probably the coolest place to hang outdoors in the city. That is if you like being outside (biking and mini-golf etc), and enjoy history as much as I do (nerd!). Castle Williams is a great...More

Date of experience: July 2014
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