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Governors Island, NY guide

Take the ferry to Governors Island, NY for fun things to do outside, including exciting music festivals and food events

One of the best things to do in summer is plan a trip to Governors Island, NY’s car-free oasis in Upper New York Bay. Use our handy guide to find the best things to do outside at island’s newest park "The Hills," whether it be biking or ogling outdoor art. We’ll also fill you in on the hottest events taking place on the island all summer long. And if you're looking for information on Governors Ball, er, that's actually on Randall's Island.

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When does Governors Island open?

This year, Governors Island opens one month early on May 1, 2017. The Island closes October 1, 2017. Hours: Mon­–Fri 10am–6pm; Sat, Sun 10am–7pm.

How do I get to Governors Island?

The best way to get to Governors Island is to take the ferry, which operates daily from Manhattan and Brooklyn. A round-trip ticket will run you $2 (senior citizens $1, children under 13 free). However, all passengers ride for free on Saturdays and Sundays before 11:30am. For more information, check the ferry schedule.

Things to do on Governors Island, NY

The best things to do on Governors Island
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The best things to do on Governors Island

Pack a picnic, wear sunblock and catch the ferry to enjoy all the things to do on Governors Island this summer

The Governors Ball 2017 guide
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The Governors Ball 2017 guide

Your complete guide to Governors Ball 2017, the NYC music fest, including full lineup info and live photos

Jazz Age Lawn Party
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Jazz Age Lawn Party

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Bars near Governors Island
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Bars near Governors Island

Make sure you have a post–Governors Island drinking plan before you board the ferry

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Your guide to Full Moon Festival in NYC

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The guide to Figment NYC

Figment NYC beckons visitors to Governors Island with a summer-long festival of art and fun just a ferry-ride away

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The guide to 90s Fest in NYC

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For one-day only you can stay late and watch the sunset on Governors Island
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For one-day only you can stay late and watch the sunset on Governors Island

On May 1, New York's car-free oasis in Upper New York Bay opens for 2017 season

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Jazz Age Lawn Party 2013

Jazz Age Lawn Party 2013

Governors Island opening weekend 2012
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Governors Island opening weekend 2012

Bocce 2012 on Governors Island
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Bocce 2012 on Governors Island

John Digweed, Danny Tenaglia and Pleasurekraft on Governor's Island
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John Digweed, Danny Tenaglia and Pleasurekraft on Governor's Island

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The gorgeous Hills on Governors Island will be open this summer
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The gorgeous Hills on Governors Island will be open this summer

Here's a sneak peek at the Hills on Governors Island
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Here's a sneak peek at the Hills on Governors Island

The shows you can see at Governors Island this summer
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The shows you can see at Governors Island this summer

Governors Island may soon become a year-round destination
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Governors Island may soon become a year-round destination

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