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Governors Island National Monument: Tours & Tickets

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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 2 weeks ago

This is a great place to spend the day with family, as a couple or with friends.The Bike rental for the day is great.There are plenty of food places to eat. There are historic tours and magnificent views of the harbor. The Hammock grove is...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Robert M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

a very short (and cheap) ferry ride to an entirely different NYCity experience. two buildings are open for touring. rangers will answer questions or give a talk. spectacular views of the Manhattan Skyline. we walked through the National Park as well as the property owned...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank sharondcook
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Governors Island was not on my original list of places I wanted to see in NYC but it turned out to be a very pleasant surprise! It is a tiny 172-acre (70 ha) island in New York Harbor, located only 800 yards (732 m) south...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank ShaundeGriffintown
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

we had a nice day but I wouldn't say it's a must do by any means. the ferry was $3, which is fine. the tour guide was knowledgeable but it moved too slow for my taste and I don't feel like we walked around that...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Lorimendenhall
Reviewed 11 September 2019

Take an inexpensive ferry ride to Governor's Island and bike or walk around to get a feel for the history of NYC.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Alexandra T
Reviewed 11 September 2019

Not sure how I have lived around here for so long and never made to the Island earlier. The Island is amazing! The have hammocks! Slides and an epic lookout spot! The food trucks on the Island are good, but I would suggest bringing a...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank NatesEpicEats
Reviewed 11 September 2019 via mobile

Governors Island contains public park, free arts and cultural events, and recreational activities. The island is accessed by free ferries from Brooklyn and Manhattan. Great views to the city if visiting NY it’s a must Also you can bring your bicycle in the ferry wish...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank JoseVazquez1975
Reviewed 2 September 2019

Beautiful day on Saturday so we took the ferry from Wall Street to Governor's Island. Hard to tell how much this was going to cost, it's possible it was free, as lots of folks just walked on. We bought r/t tix for $2.75 each ($11...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Northern_Traveler00
Reviewed 27 August 2019 via mobile

This was included in our tour of liberty and Ellis. We stopped for a while and had a look but we were tired as we’d had a long day. Good bit of history and a nice way to finish our long day before we headed...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Baldmeateater
Reviewed 26 August 2019

I’ve lived in New York City for years but I’d never been to Governors island. It is well worth a visit. I knew nothing about it. But here’s the story. For years it was a US military base right in New York Harbor. It was...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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22 August 2019|
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Response from Kay C | Reviewed this property |
I’d choose ferry to Pier 11 Wall Street, disembark and turn left, walk 0.3 mile to GovIsland Ferry. If you prefer bus to Port Authority, follow signs to subway, walk through underground passage to #1 line and take it... More
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Response from Bonnie K | Reviewed this property |
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13 July 2018|
Response from Dondi22 | Reviewed this property |
Bring a blanket, or a folding chair - Parade Ground is a large grassy field.