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6 things to do on Governors Island before the 2013 season ends

Take advantage of Governors Island’s family-friendly activities and festivals during the final days of warm weather. 


Labor Day weekend may signify the closing of pools and the beginning of the school season, but on Governors Island summer is still in full swing! Here are six cool things to check out before the island’s season ends on Sunday, September 29.

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  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    6 things to do on Governors Island before the 2013 season ends

    1. Go for a whirl on the 19th-century bicycle carousel and other vintage rides at Fête Paradiso (weekends, including Labor Day Monday, through Sept 29).

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    6 things to do on Governors Island before the 2013 season ends

    2. Spend Labor Day weekend among the one-wheeled wonders at the NYC Unicycle Festival (Aug 30–Sept 1), which includes exhibitions, races and unicycle basketball.

  • Photo: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    6 things to do on Governors Island before the 2013 season ends

    3. Step inside Head in the Clouds, the City of Dreams pavilion made out of recycled milk jugs and water bottles (through Sept 22).

  • Photo: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    6 things to do on Governors Island before the 2013 season ends

    4. Plan a round of minigolf on the artist-designed ten-hole course, this year based on the theme "State of the Art" (through Sept 22).

  • Photograph: Junenoire Mitchell

    6 things to do on Governors Island before the 2013 season ends

    5. Take part in family art workshops and watch screenings of stop-motion animation films at the CMA-run Art Island Outpost (through Sept 29).

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    6 things to do on Governors Island before the 2013 season ends

    6. Take advantage of the island's space—fly a kite, have a picnic, ride a bike or go roller skating. Families can even rent gear from the Skate Truck NYC on September 1 and 2.

Photograph: Luciana Golcman

6 things to do on Governors Island before the 2013 season ends

1. Go for a whirl on the 19th-century bicycle carousel and other vintage rides at Fête Paradiso (weekends, including Labor Day Monday, through Sept 29).


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