The 2013 Public Access Season has concluded
The 2013 public access season on Governors Island has ended. Governors Island will re-open to the public Memorial Day Weekend, 2014.
R train service change
Due to the ongoing effects of Hurricane Sandy, MTA has suspended R train service to Lower Manhattan on weekends until October 2014. Please use the 4/5 at Bowling Green or the 1 at South Ferry to connect to the Governors Island Ferry.
Protect the Harbor!
Fort Jay and Castle Williams, the two historic forts that make up Governors Island National Monument, were built to protect New York City from naval attack. The online game "Protect the Harbor" (part of the WebRangers program) is a fun way to teach students about the War of 1812, and test how well they can defend a coastal city like New York! They will also discover where other forts in New York Harbor were located, and why this system was so important to the brand new United States.
Become a National Park WebRanger
Share park stories and pictures with other WebRangers around the world in the "My Community" section. Now there are over 49,000 registered WebRangers; and over 1,600 have earned WebRangers patches by completing all of the activities.
Did You Know?
Approximately two-thirds of the army musicians (drummers and fifers) trained and posted to Governors Island from 1836 to the 1870s were below the age of 21.