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Governors Island National Monument

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Address: New York Harbor, Ferry Terminal, New York City, NY 10004
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+1 212-440-2200
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Thu 10:00 - 18:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No

This former Dutch governor's estate, former military fort and former Coast...

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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Governors Island offers a unique view of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and parts of NJ. Nestled in the harbor, it's not the easiest place to visit, but the minor inconvenience is well... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
bruce h
Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Governors Island offers a unique view of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and parts of NJ. Nestled in the harbor, it's not the easiest place to visit, but the minor inconvenience is well worth it. wander, picnic, take photos, play frisbee, ride a bike, with none of the crowds seen in other major city parks.

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 2 weeks 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 day.

Thank Irwin37
Panglao Island, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
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. They had their east coast fleet headquarters there until the Clinton administration. It was later... More 

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New York City, New York
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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 they have some special events. If you are a tourist, I only recommended if you... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
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.

New York City, New York
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Reviewed 22 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 increased on one side of the island. Material taken from the second avenue subway was... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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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 from the bustle of the Big Apple. When we went there were no events going... More 

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Manama, Bahrain
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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.

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