Governors Island is a 172-acre island in New York Harbor, within the New York City borough of Manhattan. It is located approximately 800 yards south of Manhattan Island, and is separated from Brooklyn to the east by the 400-yard-wide Buttermilk Channel. The National Park Service administers a small portion of the north of the island as the Governors Island National Monument, including two former military fortifications named Fort Jay and Castle Williams. The Trust for Governors Island operates the remaining 150 acres, including 52 historic buildings, as a public park. About 103 acres of the land area is fill, added in the early 1900s to the south of the original island.
The native Lenape originally referred to Governors Island as Paggank because of the area's rich collection of Chestnut, Hickory, and Oak trees, and because it is believed that this space was originally used for seasonal foraging and hunting.
Governor's Island is open every day from May 1 to Oct 31.
Mon - Fri: 10 am - 6 pm
Sat - Sun: 10 am - 7 pm
The ferry departs from Manhattan and Brooklyn terminals, Sat and Sun usually every hour or 30 minutes 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and the last boat from the island leaves at 7 p.m (6 p.m. on weekdays). However, the schedule is subject to change so you should consult the website before going.
Children under 13: free
There are some free ferry rides on weekends. See the official website for more information.