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.
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?
At the start of American entry into World War I and just before leaving Governors Island in May 1917 to lead the 2 million soldiers of the American Expeditionary Force in France, General John J. Pershing (1860-1948) ran uptown into Manhattan to register early for the draft of the very army he was leading to France. He was going to be busy and out of town on draft registration day.