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Governors Island

Governors Island
New York, NY 

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    Oasis-with-a-view Governors Island opens for the season. 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, new this year), find breathtaking 360-degree views in The Hills, get moving on the Play Lawns, and camp out in an Adirondack chair at Picnic Point.

    * Kids love the playgrounds like the Hammock Grove Play Area, the water feature at Liggett Terrace, and Slide Hill’s collection of twist-y, turn-y slides. Head to the south end of Nolan Park to play at play:groundNYC’s The Yard (weekends 12-4pm), where kids can unleash their imaginations and build their own fun.

    * 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.

    * Fly down a zipline, challenge a climbing wall, puzzle through a problem-solving maze, and play a round of mini-golf at Adventures at Governors Island (Friday–Saturday 11 am-6 pm) .

    * See public artworks by world-renowned artists across Governors Island including  new mural by Duke Riley in the Governors Island Ferry Waiting Room at the Battery Maritime Building, Shantell Martin’s Church on Colonels Row, Rachel Whiteread’s Cabin on Discovery Hill, and Mark Handforth’s Yankee Hanger at Liggett Terrace.

    * Arts, culture and science programs return in and around the historic houses of Nolan Park and Colonels Row. See PHREATIC!, an exhibition of works by interdisciplinary artists exploring symbiotic ecologies, multispecies interactions and earthliness at points of disruption, explore the  West Harlem Art Fund at Nolan Park. NADA House features work by over 100 artists from New Art Dealers Alliance’s community of galleries, non-profits, artist-run spaces, and curators, across 57 rooms in five neighboring turn-of-the-century Colonial Revival houses (open Friday through Sunday, 11am–5pm). Around the building, find an audio presentation of sounds works by six Puerto Rican contemporary artists, sculptures and more intriguing art.

    * Visit the Urban Farm weekends 12–4 pm to engage with environmental learning programs at GrowNYC’s Teaching Garden, a working urban farm with rows of crops, greenhouses and more, and Earth Matter’s Compost Learning Center and Soil Start Farm, a fully functioning compost center that turns material from all over the city into nutritious compost for use on the Island and elsewhere.

    *  Take guided tours Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm, or embark on a self-guided tour through the Island’s history with stunning archival photographs on Urban Archive’s app or website, with a variety of tours available.

    * Throughout the island find historic architecture and incredible Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty views.

    * 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. Look out for People’s Pops’ uniquely flavored pops and shave ice and Mai Bpen Rai’s Thai-style green papaya salad roving across the Island

    * If you’d rather cook up your own meal, grills are available by reservation.

    * Online advance reservations required for the 8-minute ferry ride from Battery Maritime Building (10 South Street) & Red Hook. $3 for ages 13 & up; free for seniors & kids and everyone on Saturdays and Sundays before noon.

    *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.


    Governors Island

    Oasis-with-a-view Governors Island is now open year-round! 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…

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    Pumpkin Point on Governors Island

    Pick from thousands of pumpkins in historic Nolan Park surrounded by beautiful fall foliage and the village-like atmosphere of former officer’s homes.

    Stroll through the expansive pumpkin patch and pick out a pumpkin to take home in exchange for a small suggested donation. Programming includes free, Halloween and autumn-inspired arts and crafts activities, story-telling, live…

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