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Governors Island

Escape to a 172 acre oasis minutes from downtown Manhattan is jam-packed with family-friendly activities. Bring or rent a bike (including 6-person surries) to explore the art, playgrounds, food and fun and look out for festivals, performances and other special events. Go early; you could easily spend a day here. Most activities are outdoors so avoid on rainy or super-hot days. Visit the information desk or look for large maps around the park to navigate.

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New York, NY

Governors Island Ferry

The 15 minute ferry departs from the historic Battery Maritime Building located at 10 South Street, adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry in Lower Manhattan (by the 1 train’s South Ferry Station). Great views from the outdoor decks – the Brooklyn Bridge, downtown skyline, and the of the Statue of…

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Slide Hill

Go down wide, family slide built for two riders, two ADA accessible slides and one extra-long slide.  Access the slides by a Timber Climb that can be ascended freely or by a gently sloping, ADA accessible path.  

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Soissons Landing

Lots of space to lounge at two casual options with panoramic views right by the ferry. Island Oyster features easygoing summer fare, tropically inspired cocktails and panoramic views. Taco Vista has tacos, chips & gauc beer, margaritas and more. Expect lines on weekends.

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Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns

See over 1,000 illuminated, hand-carved jack o’lanterns along a festive, paved, illuminated tree-lined pathway with a backdrop of centuries old buildings and the Manhattan skyline. Intricate designs by professional artists include animals, Disney favorites, calaveras and Star Wars characters. Watch live carving demonstrations from top pumpkin sculptors. Advance tickets required;…

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