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“Date: May 2012”

Governors Island National Monument
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Governors Island Walking Tour
Ranked #70 of 1,149 things to do in New York City
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Fee: No
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 older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed January 1, 2014

I've always had a memorable time at Veuve Clicquot's Polo Classic each year from 2009 on Governor's Island. It's a celebrated event where attendees -- some more enthusiastic than others -- dress in their polo garb, enjoy a nice day and rub elbows with the who's who. It really put the spotlight on GI. The VCPC is now held at Liberty State Park.

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Reviewed December 30, 2013

Governor's Island is a small speck of land south-east of Manhattan's southern tip, just off Brooklyn; the island is run by the National Park Service. Here are 2 visually impressive forts from the early 19th century - Fort Jay, in the interior of the island, which has a fine entry gate; & the rounded Castle Williams. There are also several other historic buildings on the island, as well as great views of Lower Manhattan's skyline. The southern half is under reconstruction & off limits; the northern end is totally dominated by the ugly Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel Ventilation Building. The island is accessible only in summer, & then only on Saturdays & Sundays; when it is open, the short ferry ride is free, as is entry to the island. In Manhattan, the ferry runs from the Battery Maritime Building, next to the Whitehall Ferry Terminal where the Staten Island ferry departs from; in Brooklyn, the ferry runs from an undeveloped part of the Brooklyn Bridge Park (a bridge is slated to be built from Brooklyn). Check the Internet or call ahead, since times change every year.

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Reviewed October 19, 2013

We visited this attraction with our young children in the summer. It was a wonderful and pleasant way to spend the day. We were lucky that they had a French festival this past summer. We enjoyed trying out all the antique amusement rides. Even without the festival there was really a lot to do on the island. There was bike rentals and very cute foot powered buggy's. There were different exhibits in a few of the buildings. Oh! and the boat was free... Wow, what fun. I think this attraction will be a new yearly tradition for our family

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Reviewed October 15, 2013

You take the boat which is for free and end up in a nice and quiet place full of trees and birds. You get the best view of New York City. You can eat nice food from a far away country and then have an ice-cream cone while walking alond the water. Great Saturday!

1  Thank Betty602012
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

It's a little known secret that you can get to Governor's island for free from Battery Maritime Building located at 10 South Street, adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry in Lower Manhattan, starting 10am.

From there, you get an amazing view of Manhattan skyline and perfect place to picnic and cycle. If you didn't bring your own food, there are food cart selling very affordable lunches under 10 bucks. Check out the official website for what's going on.

Once a year they have a really cool 60's jazz party! Not to mention vintage car parade this year and other really fun art exhibits and old school play ground with kids carousels, and petting zoo.

This is a place for the family, especially for kids below 5.


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