June 1 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Suggested Ages: All
Oasis-with-a-view Governors Island is just a short ferry ride away. Lots of room to roam and play on this 172 acre former military post.
* Relax in Hammock Grove’s cozy hammocks (and say hello to sheep), find breathtaking 360-degree views in The Hills and camp out in Adirondack chairs at Picnic Point. Throughout the island find historic architecture and incredible Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty views.
* Kids love the playgrounds at Hammock Grove Play Area and Slide Hill’s collection of twist-y slides where kids can unleash their imaginations and build their own fun. Saturdays & Sunday 12-4 pm, get creative at play:groundNYC’s The Yard, 50,000 square-foot play area stocked with loose parts, tools and space.
* Seven miles of car-free paths make Governors Island a pedaler’s paradise. Bring your bike on the ferry for no charge or rent bikes, surreys, pedal cars, scooters and more from Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals, or from three Citi Bike stations across the Island.
* Look for public artworks plus rotating arts, culture and science programs in and around the historic houses of Nolan Park and Colonels Row.
* Spend the night with a unique glamping experience overlooking the harbor.
* Lots of food and beverage options across the Island including Island Oyster & Taco Vista at Soissons Landing by the ferry landing, Pizza Yard at the south end of Colonels Row, a diverse food court with a shared shaded garden at Liggett Terrace and People’s Pops’ and MELT ice cream roving carts. Or you can BYOB; grills available by reservation.
* Online advance reservations required for the 8-minute ferry ride from Battery Maritime Building (10 South Street). $3 for ages 13 & up; free for seniors & kids and everyone on Saturdays and Sundays before noon.
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Frolic on wide waterfront lawns and explore multiple playgrounds plus gardens, public art pieces, and a sheltered pavilion.
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