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Governors Island National Monument

New York Harbor, Ferry Terminal, New York City, NY 10004
+1 212-440-2200
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New York Harbor, Ferry Terminal, New York City, NY 10004
Financial District
+1 212-440-2200
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A very short ferry trip from Manhattan. Can easily and quite quickly walk around the island. Loved reading about the history of the fort and castle - fascinating. The buildings on the island were beautiful but unfortunately not many open to the public.

Thank cindynew2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ferried over to the island. That is a great trip itself on a good weather day. Biking here is very easy and there are great sites. Tours of the fort and the jail are available. Great way to spend an iexpensive family or couple...More

Thank Irwin37
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Far and with many restrictions, this curiosity is very visible from the Staten Island ferries that traverse the Hudson.

Thank Andrew F
Reviewed 7 April 2017

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....More

Thank RunrDave
Reviewed 6 April 2017

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...More

1  Thank madd4912
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.

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...More

Thank edecarmine
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...More

Thank gianmarcord
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.

Thank Gio F
Reviewed 18 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.

Thank Jensom
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
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Mari M
Is this where you board the Staten Island Ferry??
17 May 2017|
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Response from madd4912 | Reviewed this property |
No, it's not. It's a couple of block away. There are sign indicating where to go
Enjoyed your post about Governors Island. I lived there from 1989 - 1992 with my active duty husband and my two young children. It was a wonderful experience. Every day I took the ferry into the city, caught the subway to Greenwich Village where I worked as a nurse at St Vincent Medical Center, now also gone. It was the absolute best of both worlds, the city and coming home to our private little island. Thanks so much for posting!
10 March 2016|
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Response from Thea C | Reviewed this property |
You are quite welcome. I plan to go back with my daughter and share some of the history with her.
Ellen C
I have tickets to an event on Governors Island. Unfortunately I just found out I may be on call for work! I may not even get asked to turn anything around, so I hate to miss the event, but if I get asked to do something, I have to be able to do it. I have a mobile hotspot, and I can bring my laptop. I just need to know - what is the cell phone service situation out there, and are there any places where one could plug in a laptop? Has anyone ever been in this situation in the past?
12 June 2015|
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Response from GStall23 | Reviewed this property |
I have Verizon and never had a problem with cell service there. There is also a charging station which should accommodate any cell phone. I never brought a laptop with me but you should be able to at least answer emails via... More