Governors Island
Governors Island
Governors Island

Governors Island Tours and Tickets

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Just 800 yards (732 meters) from Lower Manhattan, Governors Island has long been an important historical landmark in New York Harbor. Home to two major military landmarks—Fort Jay and Castle Williams—it was used in defensive campaigns beginning in the 18th century. Today, it’s a popular summer retreat and easily accessible by ferry.

  • New York City, New York, 11231

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Q:How long is the ride to Governors Island?
A:Whether from Manhattan or Brooklyn, expect the ferry ride to Governors Island to take about 10 minutes. Trust for Governors Island-operated ferries depart Lower Manhattan daily from the Battery Maritime Building and depart Brooklyn from Red Hook and Pier 6 by the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturdays, Sundays, and holiday Mondays.
Q:Can I bring my car on Governors Island?
A:No, you cannot bring your car, and that’s a big part of the island’s charm. Motorized vehicles—including cars and motorcycles, but excluding motorized wheelchairs—are not permitted. No cars means there’s no way to drive to or on the island. Bring your bike on the ferry; walking and cycling trails abound.
Q:Are there bathrooms on Governors Island?
A:Yes. Visitors can find indoor restrooms open to the public in multiple locations, including near Soissons Landing at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Arts Center, South Battery, Yankee Pier, and the west end of Liggett Terrace. You can also find portable toilets at Colonels Row.
Q:Is Governors Island walkable?
A:Absolutely. If you’re planning on walking the 2.5-mile (4 kilometer) loop around the island, expect it to take around 40 minutes. Otherwise, head to the western side of the island for the best Statue of Liberty views. If you prefer to ride, Citibike stations and rental shops are available.
Q:Can you bring beer to Governors Island?
A:No. While visitors are welcome to bring food, water, and soft drinks to enjoy at picnic tables or over a blanket on the grass, no alcohol can be brought onto the island. You can find plenty of alcoholic beverages available for purchase, including beer from a popular Brooklyn-based brewery.
Q:Can you swim on Governors Island?
A:Not really. Visitors aren’t permitted to swim in the New York Harbor except with a permit. However, Governors Island is home to two heated infinity pools in two different on-site spa resorts, so you may want to bring that bathing suit after all. Visitors can sunbathe along the shore, too.