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 Weekend Programming Schedule
All programs are free of charge and are available on every public access day--Saturdays, Sundays, Memorial Day and Labor Day from May 25 until September 29, 2013.
Guided Walking Tours of the National Monument - 11:25 AM, 1:25 PM and 3:25 PM (additional tours may be available as staffing allows; ask a ranger or volunteer when you arrive). Join a National Park Ranger or Volunteer and learn about the history of Governors Island's 241 years of military service by exploring our two historic forts, Fort Jay and Castle Williams. Tours meet at the top of the hill at Soissons Dock, near the National Park Service signboard. Tours are 45-60 minutes in length and only take visitors to the courtyard of Castle Williams, not to the roof. No reservations are required.
Guided Walking Tours to the Roof of Castle Williams - At least every half-hour, 10:30 AM till 4:00 PM, though hours may be extended or additional tours may be offered if staffing permits. Join a National Park Ranger or Volunteer and see what the public has never seen before. Tours take visitors to see the vaults that once held artillery, the cells that once held prisoners or war, and the classrooms that once held after-school programs for kids before reaching the roof and taking in the spectacular view of New York Harbor. Note that a free ticket is required. More information is available by clicking here.All programming listed here is subject to change. Please check back frequently for additions and changes.
Did You Know?
In 1860, nearly half of the enlisted men stationed on Governors Island had immigrated to New York from either Ireland or Germany. Women immigrants from these countries also took their first jobs "off the boat" as maids and servants in the officers' homes on the island.