Governors Island is a 172-acre island located in New York Harbor, between Manhattan and Brooklyn. It has a long and rich history, dating back to the 17th century when it was first settled by the Dutch. The island has been used for a variety of purposes over the years, including a military base, a prison, and a Coast Guard station. In 2003, the island was transferred to the National Park Service and has since been transformed into a public park. What I love most about the island is its quirkiness: there’s a put put course built around modern sculptures and a playground full of tools (with no parents allowed).
Governors Island is the easiest way to escape the city, but it is car-free. The passenger ferry is less than $5 and leaves every hour from:
- The Battery Maritime Building, in Lower Manhatten (10 South Street).
- On Weekends, you can also take a ferry from Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, near the intersection of Furman St.
There are many things to do on Governors Island. Visitors can explore the historic buildings, go for a walk or bike ride, have a picnic, or enjoy the views of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline. The island also hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including concerts, festivals, and art exhibitions.
Here are some of the most popular things to do on Governors Island:
- Explore the historic buildings: Governors Island has a number of historic buildings, including Fort Jay, Castle Williams, and the ruins of the old military prison. These buildings can be explored on your own or as part of a guided tour.
- Go for a walk or bike ride: The island is a great place to get some exercise. There are miles of walking and biking trails that wind through the former military base. Walking and biking trails on Governors Island
- Have a picnic: There are a number of picnic areas on Governors Island, perfect for a relaxing lunch or dinner.
- Enjoy the views: Governors Island offers stunning views of the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline, and the Brooklyn Bridge. The best place to take in the views is from the top of The Hills, a series of man-made mounds.
- Attend an event: Governors Island hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including concerts, festivals, and art exhibitions. Check the island’s website for a list of upcoming events.