We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Governors Island National Monument

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Neighbourhoods
Neighbourhoods
Get directions
Address: New York Harbor, Ferry Terminal, New York City, NY 10004
Phone Number:
+1 212-440-2200
Website
Today
10:00 - 18:00
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:00 - 18:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Description:

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.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
US$1,540.00*
and up
NYC Private Luxury Yacht Rental
More Info
US$83.99*
and up
New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour
More Info
US$139.55*
and up
Bateaux New York Dinner Cruise

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 581 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 278
    Excellent
  • 139
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Really surreal

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
RunrDave
,
New York
Add Photo Write a Review

581 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 452: English reviews
New York
Level Contributor
260 reviews
131 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
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 

Helpful?
Thank RunrDave
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
50 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 

Helpful?
Thank madd4912
Brooklyn, New York
Level Contributor
705 reviews
186 attraction reviews
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.

Helpful?
Thank LAFAMILLEG11231
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
30 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 

Helpful?
Thank edecarmine
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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 

Helpful?
Thank gianmarcord
Manama, Bahrain
Level Contributor
108 reviews
63 attraction reviews
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.

Helpful?
Thank Gio F
Mumbai (Bombay), India
Level Contributor
178 reviews
61 attraction reviews
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.

Helpful?
Thank Jensom
nyc
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
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 

Helpful?
Thank elaineinnyc
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
31 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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 

Helpful?
1 Thank JOSEPH L
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
109 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
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.

Helpful?
Thank JosephfromNYC

Travellers who viewed Governors Island National Monument also viewed

 

Been to Governors Island National Monument? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Governors Island National Monument and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from Governors Island National Monument staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in Financial District

Neighbourhood Profile
Financial District
At the southernmost tip of Manhattan, the Financial District is where New York City began as a center of commerce. Today, the historic streets and beautiful setting are complemented by museums, countless skyscrapers, and the heart of the Financial District, home to Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange. Catch the Staten Island Ferry for an unbeatable view of the skyline and Statue of Liberty, or sail to Ellis Island to learn about the vital immigrant history of the city.
Explore this neighbourhood