Governors Island National Monument

Governors Island National Monument

Governors Island National Monument
4.5
Historic SitesPoints of Interest & Landmarks
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Nora H
Little Rock, AR68 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
The only way to get to the island is by ferry. During our visit, there was only one place to eat and the food was okay. So bring food or a snack with you.
Written 29 April 2023
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Tiana O
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
If you like fort totten, but dislike the limited access (noon-4pm), 60% of it off limits to the public; fort Jay gives you that space away from the city, with the view of the skyline in the distance. It’s worth the trip if you prefer the old world style or just nature in general
Definitely not for everyone, as there isn’t much access to provision outlets etc but it’s great if you come prepared!
Pictured below is also a tunnel in fort totten I took, it’s nice comparing the architecture throughout the East Coast
Greenwood cemetary is also pictured. Can you tell which is which? 😏
Written 11 March 2023
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Manicrose
Bourne, UK1,185 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
We decided to visit governors island after seeing the statue of Liberty. Ferry tickets are $8 but it’s not worth it. Only a couple of food trucks were open (more should have been open according to the website) and there was nothing else to do. Probably worth visiting if an event on there but otherwise don’t bother.
Written 17 September 2022
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Brendan S
Arlington, VA1,690 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Governor’s Island was the site of two forts that were used well into the 20th century. The forts and houses and other military structures remain but have been abandoned. Some have been repurposed into art installations.

The Island is best described as an escape from New York City. You can get here in a few minutes from a Battery Park ferry, but although the island is almost literally in the shadow of Lower Manhattan (and offers many terrific views of it), once you turn a corner or go over a hill, the city and cars disappear and it’s a big park with pedestrians and cyclists.

It’s perfect as a recreational escape for a picnic and a stroll or ride. As an attraction, it’s very limited. There are a dozen eateries, but they are mostly good trucks and stands, not restaurants. The art installations did not grab my attention. The two forts have impressive exteriors, but there’s little to see at either one except the courtyards. There’s history here, but this isn’t a place to go to learn and see a lot.
Written 4 July 2022
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sameer k
London, UK95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
We went here having heard mixed views of ‘nothing there’ and ‘you have to go’

Spent 3h there with our 2yo on a weekday. It is true that after one or two historical sights, the primary activity is enjoying the quiet and relaxation and the views

We spent time on the hammocks and playground and kid ran under the water sculpture as it was a hot day

There’s also bike/other pedal- vehicle hire, some food trucks, a spa which had patrons on garden area which definitely looked interesting and a bar both with amazing views and food trucks (only 1-2 open on weekdays)

Well worth the trip if you’re done with sightseeing
Written 29 May 2022
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NYTraveller_7
New York172 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
First time visiting, and will not be the last...quick ferry trip from Manhattan pier...rented bicycles from Blazing Saddles (Citibike also available). We rode around the island, but walking is just as enjoyable...plenty of photo ops of NYC buildings, and the Statue of LIberty...interesting history of the island through walking tour or display stands...the real treat...glamping on the island in one of the tents/trailers (bathroom included). This gem was off limits to visitors until several years ago. The old military barracks are just waiting to be repurposed into hotel rooms, or a hi tech campus, or expensive condos with all around water views.
Written 24 October 2021
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Karru m
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Frequent visitor to Governors Island with my sons. We love to rent bikes or pedal cars from Blazing Saddles. Its a nice way to see the island, which has no car traffic, and get from point to point. Friendly, helpful staff. It helps to reach some of the attractions on the other side of the island, like the slides and lookout hill, which has great views of Statue of Liberty and Manhattan.
Written 24 September 2021
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Jonathan C.
La Jolla, California, USA478 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
There's a lot of recreational space on Governors Island, but also a lot of history - had a lot of fun learning about the importance of this island for the city of New York.
Written 20 September 2021
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CasaHoffa
Huatulco, Mexico12,248 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We often go to Governors Island during the summer months and when we do, we prefer to ride around on tandems for two as well as the surreys if we are with another couple. The views of the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan are the best from here. (Note: the date shown here is not correct; summer months during 2019 were not available to be selected.)
Written 24 October 2020
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WesOrmond
Ormond Beach, FL218 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
Was looking for an easy way to get out of the city and enjoy the nice weather. The trip to the ferry at Battery Point was a medium bike ride from 48th and 3rd along the river. The ferry ride is cheap ($3) and was just a short ride but with a nice view. Picked up a Citibike at the ferry terminal and rode all the way around the island. There are a number of food venues/food trucks so you can get some interesting things to eat. Most things are not open due to Covid but it's still a nice green area with a lot of buildings left over from the military base days. Lots of folks renting bikes at Blazing Saddles as it's a great place to ride.
Written 29 September 2020
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