Governors Island National Monument

Governors Island National Monument

Governors Island National Monument
4.5
Historic SitesPoints of Interest & Landmarks
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
This former Dutch governor's estate, former military fort and former Coast Guard command post now enjoys its old age as a historic monument where you can take the occasional tour.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Tiana O
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
If you like fort totten, but dislike the limited access (noon-4pm), 60% of it off limits to the public; fort Jay gives you that space away from the city, with the view of the skyline in the distance. It’s worth the trip if you prefer the old world style or just nature in general
Definitely not for everyone, as there isn’t much access to provision outlets etc but it’s great if you come prepared!
Pictured below is also a tunnel in fort totten I took, it’s nice comparing the architecture throughout the East Coast
Greenwood cemetary is also pictured. Can you tell which is which? 😏
Written 11 March 2023
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CasaHoffa
Huatulco, Mexico12,394 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We often go to Governors Island during the summer months and when we do, we prefer to ride around on tandems for two as well as the surreys if we are with another couple. The views of the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan are the best from here. (Note: the date shown here is not correct; summer months during 2019 were not available to be selected.)
Written 24 October 2020
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WesOrmond
Ormond Beach, FL210 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
Was looking for an easy way to get out of the city and enjoy the nice weather. The trip to the ferry at Battery Point was a medium bike ride from 48th and 3rd along the river. The ferry ride is cheap ($3) and was just a short ride but with a nice view. Picked up a Citibike at the ferry terminal and rode all the way around the island. There are a number of food venues/food trucks so you can get some interesting things to eat. Most things are not open due to Covid but it's still a nice green area with a lot of buildings left over from the military base days. Lots of folks renting bikes at Blazing Saddles as it's a great place to ride.
Written 29 September 2020
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Manicrose
Bourne, UK1,497 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
We decided to visit governors island after seeing the statue of Liberty. Ferry tickets are $8 but it’s not worth it. Only a couple of food trucks were open (more should have been open according to the website) and there was nothing else to do. Probably worth visiting if an event on there but otherwise don’t bother.
Written 17 September 2022
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FLHarlock
Tavares, FL4,927 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
I walked the perimeter of Fort Jay but could not go inside. The entire fort is being restored. I am okay with that. I will be back and still enjoyed visiting the fort. I haven’t seen a structure like this since Castillo de San Marcos. Definitely recommended!
Written 11 June 2024
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Karru m
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Frequent visitor to Governors Island with my sons. We love to rent bikes or pedal cars from Blazing Saddles. Its a nice way to see the island, which has no car traffic, and get from point to point. Friendly, helpful staff. It helps to reach some of the attractions on the other side of the island, like the slides and lookout hill, which has great views of Statue of Liberty and Manhattan.
Written 24 September 2021
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val062
Brooklyn, NY188 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2011 • Friends
Wow.. I don't know why it took me so long to go here. I decided to take a free ferrry from Brooklyn, instead of the city, as it was not as crowded. Still there were a lot of ppl. I did not have a chance to settle in my seat, we were already getting off, literaly it was less than 5 minute trip. It is free unless you need to rent a bike or their cute mobile. Also, you can take nice pics of lower Manhattan while of the ferry. tHe visit is free, unless you want to rent a bike, or a cute mobile for 2-4 ppl.
During the first visit, we decided to opt out and just walk. We sat in rocking chairs and just enjoyed what this was. I have to say we got lucky, as there was some kind of event, annd we were clueless about it.
After passing through the main fort, we came out on a plain.. We heard music from a far, and decided to explore.. As soon as we got to a large field, we became part of a history. There was a group of musicians and people of all ages, from tennagers to grandpas and grandmas dancing!!!! Its like we fell through a hole and ended up in the Roaring 20's!!! Everybody was dressed to the ocassion. There was a cover charge of $10, but we decided to skip, as WE looked out of place :)) Of courrse, we were gratefull, and had smiles on our faces for the rest of the day.
After some time, we decided to leave the party, and explore more. We walked the whole perimiter of the island, it took a few hours but it was worth it. Every angle will give you a different view: Brooklyn, NYC, NJ, Staten Island..and of course statue of liberty.
There was a little uneasy feeling while passing to be demolished area. It gives yo an erie feeling: normal looking buildings with broken windows, burned walls, outgrown grass, you just wait like something is going to jump at you. Later on there is children's playground, benches, hammocks, and a nice area to have a picnic on.
Second time we visited the island, we just tooks some food,water, blanckets and decided to just strech out and enjoy the sounds!!

Now the most important:

Food--bring yours with you!! Not a lot of choices, and after seeing the choice, I opted out, Nasty looking food cart, with same looking man with a loong beard making it.

Water--no fountains (I walked around the whole island, nothing), only vending machines, but I would not rely on them. I was thirsty decided to buy a bottle. Coins went in, no bottle and instead of giving me back my two buck, only got back 50 cents.. I did not try a second time.. Bring your own water, just in case.
Bathroom--PorterPotty, 'nuff said. And makes sure you know in advance if you need to go, remember where they were..

Overall, a beautifull place to bring your family, while we have it...
Written 14 August 2011
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Queenstravelbuff
New York City, NY16,457 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is an awesome Place.

Governors Island is a Historic Island in New York Harbor. With historic Forts and awesome views of the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor. Governors Island among being a Jail, POW camp for the civil war is the birthplace of New York.

The ferry is FREE and almost everything on the Island is FREE. There are tours of the historic island given by the national park service FREE. There is a FREE guided Tram. You can easily spend an entire day there.

You can rent a Bike (ok that not usually free) and the island isnt that crowded as the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island.

There are NO Cheesy Tourist traps here. You can spend the entire Day for Little or No Money!!!

There is very little to purchase here other than a small gift shop run by the National park service you should do well here
Written 21 July 2008
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BTFeedback
New York530 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Family
Governor's Island is a fantastic place to visit. You can catch great views from any part of the island. It is car free but you do have to be careful of bicyclists riding around. You have the option of bringing your own bicycle or renting one which is located by the dock. The island is not open year round and is only accessible by boat so be sure to check the website for dates and times. The boat mainly operates from Manhattan but during the summer the boats become operational from Brooklyn as well. One of my favorite place to visit is the Officer's mansion and you will see the amazing architecture and interior design. You will be able to get a close view of the Statue of Liberty at the north side of the island. There are many activities for children at the parade ground to keep them occupied. For those who enjoy watersports, you can rent out kayaks and they are located right by the docks. If you are hungry, there are food trucks and a small restaurant there. Check the website for more scheduled activities and events going on at Governor's.
Written 15 January 2013
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hgoldman77
hgoldman77144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Friends
First enjoy the boat ride, then take in NY harbor from this historic island. Rent a bike, walk around, enjoy the vistas, share a frisbee. People watch. It's an inexpensive way to enjoy being in NYC.
Written 15 April 2015
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