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“A wonderful gem only 800 yards from the tip of Manhattan”

Governors Island National Monument
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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 young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed May 4, 2013

Take a free ferry (find it just east of Staten Island Ferry slips) to Governor's Island, a great place to picnic, bike ride, ( they are available for rent), view art, get great views of Manhattan, and visit historic forts and military buildings. DO NOT MISS: Castle William, and Fort Jay!

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Reviewed April 11, 2013

Took my Grandson to the Island for free art class. Had an enjoyable day. Should have taken bikes. Much easier to get around. Cafe at wharf had very little choice. We are not chip and hamburger people. Take your own picnic if you want to spend any time here.

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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Governor's Island is a great break from Manhattan. It's compact, very walkable with great views of the city not to mention the ferry ride is less than 10 mins. The island hosts frequent art exhibits, concerts and festivals. You can also explore the old fort, just ride a bike or walk around the island. It's great way to spend an afternoon in the spring and summer.

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Reviewed March 23, 2013

lived there as young child. dad stationed there many years. went to school married first time there wonderful life as a child as adult lived there again w/children one born on governors island, other St. Albans Naval Hosp. many memories go thru my mind everytime i hear name. mostly hated take 2 feerries to school and back. long days. left my house on GI at 7AM arrived school in S I about 9:15 just in time for bell. whenschool let out got home sometimes until 6 PM. depending whether or not I miised the ferry from SI to NY. rough in winter with all bad weather when i look back would give anything to be back there again in my YOUTH. Can only go back in my mind, but the MEMORIES always havent been back since 1962. but would love to visit my old homes on islandi lived in Bldg 766 I believe Apt 7c and Bldg 110 apt F4.

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Reviewed January 15, 2013

Governor's Island is a fantastic place to visit. You can catch great views from any part of the island. It is car free but you do have to be careful of bicyclists riding around. You have the option of bringing your own bicycle or renting one which is located by the dock. The island is not open year round and is only accessible by boat so be sure to check the website for dates and times. The boat mainly operates from Manhattan but during the summer the boats become operational from Brooklyn as well. One of my favorite place to visit is the Officer's mansion and you will see the amazing architecture and interior design. You will be able to get a close view of the Statue of Liberty at the north side of the island. There are many activities for children at the parade ground to keep them occupied. For those who enjoy watersports, you can rent out kayaks and they are located right by the docks. If you are hungry, there are food trucks and a small restaurant there. Check the website for more scheduled activities and events going on at Governor's.

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