Governors Island

Governors Island, a 172 acre island in the heart of New York Harbor, is only 800 yards from Lower Manhattan, and even closer to Brooklyn. It is a world unto itself, unique and full of promise. Governors Island is open every day for visitors from M... more
Governors Island, a 172 acre island in the heart of New York Harbor, is only 800 yards from Lower Manhattan, and even closer to Brooklyn. It is a world unto itself, unique and full of promise. Governors Island is open every day for visitors from May 24 - September 28. Visit the Island and its 30 new acres of park! Enjoy arts, cultural and recreational programs in the middle of New York Harbor. For summer 2014 the Trust for Governors Island has completed construction on the first 30 acres of new park and public spaces. The new 30 acres of park include Liggett Terrace, a sunny, six-acre plaza with seasonal plantings, seating, water features and public art; Hammock Grove, a sunny ten-acre space that is home to 1,500 new trees, play areas and 50 hammocks; and the Play Lawn, 14 acres for play and relaxation that includes two natural turf ball fields sized for adult softball and Little League baseball. In addition, new welcome areas have been added at the Island’s ferry landings, as have key visitor amenities, including lighting, seating and signage throughout the Historic District. The Trust has also broken ground on The Hills, four man-made hills promising dramatic new experie... more
Governors Island, a 172 acre island in the heart of New York Harbor, is only 800 yards from Lower Manhattan, and even closer to Brooklyn. It is a world unto itself, unique and full of promise.

Governors Island is open every day for visitors from May 24 - September 28. Visit the Island and its 30 new acres of park! Enjoy arts, cultural and recreational programs in the middle of New York Harbor.

For summer 2014 the Trust for Governors Island has completed construction on the first 30 acres of new park and public spaces. The new 30 acres of park include Liggett Terrace, a sunny, six-acre plaza with seasonal plantings, seating, water features and public art; Hammock Grove, a sunny ten-acre space that is home to 1,500 new trees, play areas and 50 hammocks; and the Play Lawn, 14 acres for play and relaxation that includes two natural turf ball fields sized for adult softball and Little League baseball. In addition, new welcome areas have been added at the Island’s ferry landings, as have key visitor amenities, including lighting, seating and signage throughout the Historic District.

The Trust has also broken ground on The Hills, four man-made hills promising dramatic new experiences and views of the Harbor that are the culminating feature of the new Governors Island Park. Made of recycled construction and fill materials, The Hills will rise 25 to 80 feet above the Island, and the summit of the tallest Hill will provide visitors with a 360-degree panorama of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor and the Lower Manhattan skyline. The Hills are currently under construction with the goal of completion in 2015.

For almost two centuries, Governors Island was a military base – home to the US Army and later the Coast Guard, and closed to the public. In 2003 the federal government sold 150 acres of Island to the people of New York, with the Island’s governance and funding jointly shared by the City of New York and State of New York. The remaining 22 acres of the Island was declared the Governors Island National Monument that is overseen by the National Park Service.

In April 2010, Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Paterson reached an agreement on the future of Governors Island. The City of New York is now responsible for Governors Island and created the Trust for Governors Island, the organization charged with the operations, planning and redevelopment of the Island.

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Ferry Fare (Round-Trip)
Adults and Children over 12 : $2
Senior Citizens : $1
Children 12 and Under : Free
Season Pass (Unlimited Rides) : $20

There is no fare on 10 AM, 11 AM and 11:30 AM ferries from Manhattan on Saturdays and Sundays. There is also no fare on the 11 AM and 11:30 AM ferry from Brooklyn on Saturdays and Sundays. These ferries are free to all.

This Week's Hours

Open every day from May 1 - October 31.
Monday-Friday: 10 AM to 6 PM
Saturdays, Sundays: 10 AM to 7 PM
The Island will be open on July 4th from 10 AM to 6 PM and is not open for fireworks viewing.

Upcoming Events

FAD Market | Governors Island

FAD Market is excited to return to Governors Island for a monthly residency on the third weekend of each month from May through October. Taking place along the tree-lined King Ave, nestled between historic early 20th century buildings, this idyllic market setting is steps away from Yankee Pier, wher... [ + ]e the Brooklyn ferries dock, and Liggett Terrace, where the food trucks rally.

Featuring a rotating lineup of over 30 of the city's emerging makers, designers, artists, and small businesses, our markets will feature handcrafted jewelry, art, apparel, bath and body care, tableware, home furnishings, artisanal packaged food, and more. Come for the one-of-a-kind goods, stay for a cocktail and a game of pétanque (a lawn throwing game similar to bocce and boules) with our neighbors, Carreau Club. Take a short ferry ride and make a day of it!

Market Dates
May 21+22
June 18+19
July 16+17
August 20+21
September 17+18
October 15+16

06/18/2022 11:00 AM
Sat, June 18
11:00AM
$
Ferry Fare (Round-Trip)
Adults and Children over 12 : $2
Senior Citizens : $1
Children 12 and Under : Free
Season Pass (Unlimited Rides) : $20

There is no fare on 10 AM, 11 AM and 11:30 AM ferries from Manhattan on Saturdays and Sundays. There is also no fare on the 11 AM and 11:30 AM ferry from Brooklyn on Saturdays and Sundays. These ferries are free to all.

FAD Market | Governors Island

FAD Market is excited to return to Governors Island for a monthly residency on the third weekend of each month from May through October. Taking place along the tree-lined King Ave, nestled between historic early 20th century buildings, this idyllic market setting is steps away from Yankee Pier, wher... [ + ]e the Brooklyn ferries dock, and Liggett Terrace, where the food trucks rally.

Featuring a rotating lineup of over 30 of the city's emerging makers, designers, artists, and small businesses, our markets will feature handcrafted jewelry, art, apparel, bath and body care, tableware, home furnishings, artisanal packaged food, and more. Come for the one-of-a-kind goods, stay for a cocktail and a game of pétanque (a lawn throwing game similar to bocce and boules) with our neighbors, Carreau Club. Take a short ferry ride and make a day of it!

Market Dates
May 21+22
June 18+19
July 16+17
August 20+21
September 17+18
October 15+16

07/16/2022 11:00 AM
Sat, July 16
11:00AM
$
Ferry Fare (Round-Trip)
Adults and Children over 12 : $2
Senior Citizens : $1
Children 12 and Under : Free
Season Pass (Unlimited Rides) : $20

There is no fare on 10 AM, 11 AM and 11:30 AM ferries from Manhattan on Saturdays and Sundays. There is also no fare on the 11 AM and 11:30 AM ferry from Brooklyn on Saturdays and Sundays. These ferries are free to all.
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@Gov_Island

Summer Late Nights on Governors Island start 🌇tomorrow🌇 The Island will remain open to the public until 10pm Frida…
https://t.co/iaJbyaasmV Yesterday at 9:47 PM

RT @NYFTA1: Memorial Day weekend plans? Visit @gov_island and get a bite of this! 🤤 ⁠ ⁠ ⭐ FOOD TRUCK SCHEDULE ⭐⁠ 🍴🚚 Saturday - @SouvlakiTru… Yesterday at 4:23 PM

Be among the first people in NYC to see three new works at @LMCC's Arts Center at Governors Island, opening to the…
https://t.co/2wYgSGxdQi Wed at 7:22 PM

RT @play_groundnyc: Since reopening The Yard last month, we've welcomed more than 1,200 young people who have joined us to create, explore,… Wed at 2:58 PM

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