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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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New York Harbor, Ferry Terminal, New York City, NY 10004
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Governors Island isn’t your local popular tourist attraction, it’s mpr rustic and great for bike riding or walking. Local artist have exhibits during the weekend and there are limited food choices and restroom options . All in all a fantastic place to visit at least...More

Thank chelle594
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For only $3 round trip for adults (my 12 and 10 year olds were both free), we rode a nice, totally uncrowded ferry for the 8 min ride to the island. Once there, we walked a few hundred feet to a Citi Bike stand and...More

1  Thank S6751BJwendys
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can’t wait to go back to Governor’s Island! The whole experience was a delight. The ferry ride is fun and inexpensive. A short walk brings you to the bike rentals. Soon we were exploring the beautiful, car-free island, complete with art installations, food trucks...More

Thank Bethshorstein
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Born and raised in NYC, I first visited Governors Island in my sixties! The 8-minute ferry ride to the island is worth the trip. As you walk around the island, there is a great deal of history starting with Castle Williams built in 1811 to...More

Thank Mario M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pack a picnic or snacks and enjoy this inexpensive outing off of Manhattan. Governor's Island ferry only a few dollars for adults and right next to the Staten Island Ferry harbor. Not a long wait, and spend a few hours enjoying the NYC skyline on...More

Thank lesliebrunner
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I learned about the monument here on a guided tour of New York. We arranged a ferry to get here. Amazing to think that at one time this was a bustling enterprise and a piece of New York City history.

1  Thank Sheryl T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Governors Island has a rich history, I rated this as average and need to break it down into 2 parts. (1) if you are going just to see the national park part there is very little to see. There are 2 forts, but both are...More

1  Thank franklange119
Reviewed July 10, 2018

I used to go to governor's Island all the time with my parents so we could do our grocery shopping at the commissary and they could get liquor and cigarettes at the PX and my dad would gas up the car. Fast forward and it's...More

Thank OldNewYorker123
Reviewed July 5, 2018

Travelled over on the ferry, short trip and had a drink and meal at the bar opposite the Manhattan Skyline, what a treat and a view. A walk around the island is also a treat and the old fort is so good.

2  Thank robertmH1838UF
Reviewed July 3, 2018

There is actually not very much to do here, but it was still worth the visit. Maybe not among top ten of attractions when you´re in NYC, but we have been here so many times so it was about time we went out here. A...More

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Topaz C
July 13, 2018|
Response from Dondi22 | Reviewed this property |
Bring a blanket, or a folding chair - Parade Ground is a large grassy field.
Mari M
May 16, 2017|
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Response from madd4912 | Reviewed this property |
No, it's not. It's a couple of block away. There are sign indicating where to go
March 9, 2016|
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Response from Thea C | Reviewed this property |
You are quite welcome. I plan to go back with my daughter and share some of the history with her.