Governors Island

Governors Island
New York, NY 

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Sunday-Thursday 7 am-6 pm
Friday-Saturday 7 am-10 pm

governors island view

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.

Governors Island

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.

Jazz by the Water

Groove to great music cel­e­brat­ing jazz yes­ter­day and today from acclaimed local musicians.

See our complete guide to Governors Island.

FAD Market at Governor’s Island

Shop a rotating lineup of over 30 of the city’s emerging makers, designers, artists, and small businesses for handcrafted jewelry, art, apparel, bath and body care, tableware, home furnishings, artisanal packaged food, and more.

Takes place along the tree-lined King Ave, nestled between historic early 20th century buildings, this idyllic market setting is steps away from Yankee Pier, where the Brooklyn ferries dock, and Liggett Terrace, where the food trucks rally. Also join a game of pétanque (a lawn throwing game similar to bocce and boules) with the neighboring, Carreau Club.

See our guide to Governor’s Island.

Rite of Summer Music Festival

Enjoy free outdoor concerts of classical and cutting-edge contemporary music in a huge shaded grassy field where listeners are encouraged to sprawl out on blankets, picnic, and enjoy music al fresco.

Performances at 1 & 3 pm.

Separate ferry reservations required; see our guide to Governors Island for more info.