Granted, the island still needs work, but how can you beat a free ferry ride that gives you a great view of downtown NYC?
We went to Governor's Island with our 13-year-old son and he/we enjoyed the outing. (We would have enjoyed it even more had it not been 90+ degrees and really humid.) We all liked Fort Jay because you get a real sense of what it meant to protect New York harbor back in Revolutionary times. It was also cool to see Castle Williams, though we did not opt for the tour.
We were a little disappointed that the FIgments mini golf was closed. So then we went over to the farm/composting center which we found interesting and my son enjoyed taking their resident goat for a walk on a leash. After that we went to the Children's museum outpost and the guide there turned on an animated film for us made by kids. Then we went over to the building that housed a small, but quite interesting exhibit on NYC during WWII.
I think if you rime your visit when something special is going on, it would be even more fun, but we still enjoyed it - even just for the value of being a lovely historic park.
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