Governors Island

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Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Summer at Governors Island

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Photograph: Junenoire Mitchell

Governors Island

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Governors Island

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Governors Island

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Governor's Island

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Photograph: Donald Yip

Governor's Island

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Governor's Island

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Governor's Island

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Governor's Island

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Photograph: Donald Yip

Figment Mini Golf Course

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Photograph: Donald Yip

Figment Mini Golf Course

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Photograph: Donald Yip

Figment Mini Golf Course

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Photograph: Donald Yip

Figment Mini Golf Course

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Photograph: Donald Yip

Figment Mini Golf Course

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City of Water Day at Governor's Island

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Cook Out NYC

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Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Jazz Age Lawn Party

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Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Jazz Age Lawn Party

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Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Jazz Age Lawn Party

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Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Jazz Age Lawn Party

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Water Taxi Beach

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Water Taxi Beach

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Photograph: Jim Moore

Uni Fest

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Photograph: Courtesy of Bindlestiff Family Cirkus

Uni Fest

Governors Island Free
In the eight minutes it takes to journey (for free!) from Battery Park or Brooklyn to the 172-acre former military base, families are transported to a world a million metaphorical miles away from the bustling city, where lush green lawns are dotted with quaint Victorian homes, giant outdoor sculptures beg to be climbed on, car alarms are replaced by jangling bicycles, and there’s always a quirky festival going on. With a full roster of free kids’ activities, including craft workshops courtesy of the Children's Museum of the Arts, prime picnicking at Picnic Point and an artist-designed mini golf course each summer as part of the FIGMENT Festival, you can save your cash for the gourmet food trucks and ice-cream stands like Brooklyn Soda Works, Blue Marble Ice Cream and El Paso Taco. As of summer 2014, the island stays open seven days a week from Memorial Day through Labor Day. See art installations at Liggett Terrace, run wild on the 14-acre Play Lawn, and explore Hammock Grove's 50 hammocks. Look forward to Slide Hill, a 38-foor slope with four toboggan runs, coming in 2015—we’ll be first on line for that ferry.
Venue name: Governors Island
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Address:
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Opening hours: 7 days/week, 10am–7pm. May 23–Sept 27
Price: Ferry is $2 roundtrip

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