Summer Programs: Lower Manhattan

Say hi to the Statue of Liberty (maybe from a free Staten Island Ferry) then enjoy art, dance, drums, gardening and other family fun with a view.
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June 15 – October 28
Sunday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Governors Island, Governors Island

Enjoy active attractions with views of the Statue of Liberty and downtown Manhattan. Navigate through the nearly 3,600 square feet Amazen’ Maze to locate four checkpoints and get out ($8). Scale a choice of 3 unique 25 foot walls of varying ability in the Climbing Challenge. A self-guiding belay system, allows climbers to of all ages choose their line and pace. ($6, min 40 lbs).


July 18 – August 8
Wednesday, 4:00 pm–8:00 pm
Along Water Street, 85 Broad Street

Play corn hole, ping pong, shuffleboard, giant Jenga and more plus enjoy music, interactive art experiences featuring artists jgoldcrown and Katie Merz and grown-up drink specials  along Water Street. Team up with New York City Football Club to celebrate the World Cup with a kick tunnel, test your strength and balance with Physique 57’s resistance challenges, and take a photo of your winning moment on the field with a Gatorade shower courtesy of the NFL Experience. Enter to win prizes and gift cards from downtown retailers. Activities happening at 85 Broad Street, 55 Water Street, 77 Water Street, 75 Wall Street, 32 Old Slip and 200 Water Street.


May 19 – August 18
Saturday 1 pm & 3 pm, Monthly May–August
Governors Island, Governors Island

Enjoy free outdoor concerts of classical and cutting-edge contemporary music, performed by many of New York’s best-known soloists and ensembles, in a huge shaded grassy field where listeners are encouraged to sprawl out on blankets, picnic, and enjoy music al fresco.


June 17 – September 9
Sunday, 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
Seaport District, Fulton & Front Streets

See the sights of New York Harbor from the decks of the historic 130-year-old schooner PIONEER. Explore what lives under the surface of the harbor and sail past the Statue of Liberty. Drag a trawl net and bring up fascinating organisms to meet (before they are let go). Bring your own food and drink.

Board a historic 1885 schooner and set sail past Governors Island for the fishing grounds of Bay Ridge. Set a trawl net and haul it in, bringing up a variety of creatures from blue crabs to flounder. Children and adults help raise the sails to continue exploring the old fashioned way. While sailing past the Statue of Liberty, learn about the caught (and released) sea creatures, examine plankton through a view-scope, test the water to learn how animals live here, and learn about the marine ecosystem.