• Visitors tour Castle Williams.

    Governors Island

    National Monument New York

2013 Weekday Programming Schedule

All programs below are free, but require tickets. Unless otherwise noted, meet at the Battery Maritime Building, located at 10 South Street, New York, NY, at least 10 minutes before the program begins. Reservations are only required for the Friday Morning Kids Program or if you are bringing a group of 10 or more for ANY weekday program, all other programs are first-come, first-served. Tours during September do not generally reach capacity.

All programs are 100% accompanied. Visitors during the week cannot explore the island on their own and will be with a national park ranger throughout their entire visit. Visitors will board the ferry, meet their guide, and upon completion of the program, must depart on the next available ferry.

Tickets will be distributed for all programs starting one hour before the program begins and a limited number will be available. Please arrive early to ensure you will receive one. Tickets can be acquired at the Battery Maritime Building.

Have a large group? Reservations are required for all groups of ten or more. Please call us at 646-241-2670 or email our office to make a reservation.

National Historic Landmark District Tours - Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 AM and 2:15 PM. Join a National Park Ranger to explore the island's historic landmark district, which features structures dating back to the 1790s. The tour is approximately 1.5 miles walking with little time for breaks. There is no food, water, or restroom access during these tours, so please plan accordingly.Visitors will catch the ferry departing at 10 AM or 2:15 PM, meet their guide, and depart on the 12:00 PM or 4:00 PM ferries, respectively.

National Monument Tours - Wednesdays through Fridays at 12:15 PM. Get an in-depth look at the two historic forts that compose the Governors Island National Monument. These tours will take you through all the historic nooks and crannies of Fort Jay and Castle Williams. As part of this tour, visitors will be escorted into the interior and to the roof of Castle Williams, which just opened to the public in 2012. The tour is approximately 2/3 of a mile walking, and there is no food, water, or restroom access available. Please plan accordingly. Visitors will catch the 12:15 PM ferry and depart the island on the 2:00 PM ferry.

Friday Morning Kids Program - Fridays at 10 AM. Meet a variety of interesting people from the past who lived and worked on Governors Island, and helped make American history happen! Kids will meet people of all stripes, ranging from soldiers to prisoners to laundresses from throughout history. Kids will even learn how to march and drill like a real Civil War soldier. Please note there is no food, water, or restroom access available during the program, so please plan accordingly. Visitors will catch the 10:00 AM ferry and depart on the 12:00 PM ferry. Note: Reservations are required for this program! Please call us 646-241-2670 or email our office to arrange a reservation.


Did You Know?

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Oliver Otis Howard (1830-1909), from Maine, graduated from West Point in 1856. During the Civil War, he fought at Manassas; Fair Oaks – where he lost his right arm; Antietam; Chancellorsville; Gettysburg; Chattanooga; Atlanta; and participated in the march across Georgia. In 1865 he headed the Freedmans’ Bureau, which resettled and enforced the rights of newly freed African-American slaves in the South. His interest in their education led him to establish Howard University in Washington, D.C. and Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee. From 1886 to the end of his Army career, he commanded the U.S. Army in the Eastern United States from Governors Island.