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Governors Island National Monument

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Address: New York Harbor, Ferry Terminal, New York City, NY 10004
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+1 212-440-2200
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Thu 10:00 - 18:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No

This former Dutch governor's estate, former military fort and former Coast...

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.

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Governor's Island is such a unique place. It's long been a defensive position for the New York harbor. It was property of the U.S. Army for a long time, although in the middle of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Governor's Island is such a unique place. It's long been a defensive position for the New York harbor. It was property of the U.S. Army for a long time, although in the middle of the 20th century it was handed over to the Coast Guard. They had their east coast fleet headquarters there until the Clinton administration. It was later... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a nice thing to do if you live in New York. It's free and it's something to do. You can rent a bike and ride around the island or you can also walk around the park. There is really not much to do unless they have some special events. If you are a tourist, I only recommended if you... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Great place to bike ride during the summer they have $2 ferries r/t to shuttle people over. A non crowded place to hang out away from the city.

New York City, New York
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

This was so unexpected. Went over on the ferry midweek. What a great place to discover the history and how important the island was to our earlier inhabitants. The National Parks Department has done a spectacular job developing this space. The elevation has just been increased on one side of the island. Material taken from the second avenue subway was... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017

This is still somehow a bit of hidden gem as even some of my NYC friends had not been there when I went! Easy to reach and with a whole lot of events going on at different times of the year this a good retreat from the bustle of the Big Apple. When we went there were no events going... More 

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Manama, Bahrain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017

Interesting calm island. We rented bicycle and started exploring. The views of the Manhattan skyline were supreme from the island. I visited in August and it was pleasant weather, so better check if it's open during the time of your visit.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016

Creepy looking place which I loved! lol Its okay for a quick visit if you're already on the Liberty and Ellis tour.

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Reviewed 16 November 2016

Great views, interesting special events, uncrowded and easy to get to. Not open year round so you need to check dates before heading down to the ferry. Also it is best to make a reservation. Sometimes it is busy especially if a special event is going on. Had an interesting tour with a park ranger. Brought our bikes on the... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 14 November 2016

Originally built as a sister fort to the one in the Battery, the National Monument was intended as a protection for Manhattan (or New York City). It was for many years a prison. It is interesting, I think, to take a look at it, but if one's time in New York is limited you might skip it in favor of... More 

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Reviewed 11 November 2016

Come for art shows, musical events, walking and seeing historical sites. Short free (early daytime) ferry ride to the island. You can spend hours here enjoying the solitude off the beaten path, or be in with the crowds at events. Watch the boats go by, ignore the helicopters overhead. Enjoy the breeze and views.

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