• Officers at Fort Jay, 1912.

    Governors Island

    National Monument New York

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?

Garrison Davidson as superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, 1958. Later commander of U.S. First Army, Governors Island 1960-1964.

By the time General Davidson Garrison retired as commander of U.S. First Army on Governors Island in 1964, he had graduated from Stuyvesant High School, played football at West Point, was one of the winningest football coaches at the U.S. Military Academy, and served under the two most demanding generals in the U.S. Army, George S. Patton in World War II and Douglas MacArthur in Korea.