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Governors Island

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June 1 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Governors Island
Governors Island
New York, NY

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Suggested Ages: All

FREE

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.

Smorgasburg WTC

Sample creative global treats from 10 vendors at an open-air food market flanked by colorful murals.

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Playscape Performs: Paper Heart Puppets & Bruce Cannon

Playscape Performs continues with puppetry in this unique playground. “Cardboard Explosion!” by Paper Heart Puppets brings four original stories to life using nothing but cardboard and the power of your imagination. On Saturday, witness a classic style of marionette puppetry when Bruce Cannon presents “The Magic of Music.” On Sunday, enjoy West African music, games,…

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Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music

Join South Street Seaport Museum in person or virtually for a round-robin of shared sea songs, featuring members of The New York Packet and friends. Listen in, lead or request a song, and belt out the choruses.

See our guide to the Seaport.

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Battery Playscape

Explore a new playground with five ecology zones—Bluff, Marsh, Dune, Meadow, and Riverbed– in resilient design, post-Superstorm Sandy when the park survived the full force of the 15-foot storm surge and became a focal point of sea level rise. Lyrical patterns of water illuminate the portal, fence, and custom seating. Daylight filters through the punctuated…

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Nelson A. Rockefeller & Teardrop Park

Frolic on wide waterfront lawns and explore multiple playgrounds plus gardens, public art pieces, and a sheltered pavilion.

In Rockefeller Park, climb large jungle gyms with swinging bridges, netting, slides, poles and more. Ride a pedal-powered merry-go-round and dig in multiple sandboxes and a handicapped-accessible sand table. In warm weather, be sprayed by an elephant…

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play:groundNYC’s The Yard

Get creative at a 50,000 square-foot adventure playground stocked with loose parts, tools and space for kids to play, imagine and dream big.

See our compete guide to Governor’s Island.

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