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.
Fees & Reservations
Governors Island is completely free to visit. There is no charge for the ferry, access to the island, or for programs conducted by the National Park Service. Some events hosted by the Trust for Governors Island and other entities may be ticketed and require an entrance fee. Please see www.govisland.com for information on events not conducted by the National Park Service.
Reservations are required for some programs conducted during the week, and time passes may sometimes be required for entry into Castle Williams. Please see our weekday programming schedule and weekend programming schedule for specific information.
Did You Know?
Most of the trees on Governors Island are fairly young. Large shrubbery was removed to provide a clear line of cannon fire to enemy ships that might have entered New York Harbor. The reintroduction of trees in the 1870s reflects the island’s transition from a fortification into a residential community.