Governors Island is a 172-acre island in New York Harbor, approximately 800 yards from the southern tip of Manhattan Island and separated from Brooklyn by Buttermilk Channel, approximately 400 yards. It is part of the borough of Manhattan in New York City. The National Park Service administers a small portion of the north of the island as the Governors Island National Monument, while the Trust for Governors Island operates the remaining 150 acres, including 52 historic buildings. Today, Governors Island is a popular seasonal destination open to the public between May and September with a 43-acre public park completed between 2012 and 2016, free arts and cultural events, and recreational activities. The island is accessed by ferries from Brooklyn and Manhattan.
The Lenape of the Manhattan region referred to the island as Paggank, likely after the island's plentiful hickory, oak, and chestnut trees; the Dutch explorer Adriaen Block called it Noten Eylant, a translation, and this was…
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.