Governors Island

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Governors Island


Governors Island


Governors Island


Governors Island


Governors Island

Governors Island Free
A seven-minute ride on a free ferry takes you to this seasonal island sanctuary, a scant 800 yards from lower Manhattan. Thanks to its strategic position in the middle of New York Harbor, Governors Island was a military outpost and off-limits to the public for 200 years. It finally opened to summer visitors in 2006. The verdant, 172-acre isle still retains a significant chunk of its military-era architecture, including Fort Jay, started in 1776, and Castle Williams, which was completed in 1812 and used as a prison. The 22-acre area containing the forts and historical officers’ residences is now a national landmark. Today, the island is jointly run by the city, the state and the National Park Service, and it provides a peaceful setting for cycling (bring a bike on the ferry, or rent from Bike and Roll once there). The island hosts a program of events, such as concert series and art exhibitions (see website for schedule), and where else can you have a picnic directly across from the Statue of Liberty?
Venue name: Governors Island
New York

Opening hours: 7 days/week, 10am–7pm. May 23–Sept 27
Price: Ferry is $2 roundtrip

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  • Until Tuesday September 22 2015 Free
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  • Saturday July 18 2015 Free
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  • Saturday August 15 2015 - Sunday August 16 2015
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  • Thursday September 3 2015 - Sunday September 6 2015 Free
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Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

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Pros: Bring a bike and go on a sunny warm day:)

Cons: transportation to and fro.