Fees & Reservations
With the start of the 2014 public access season on May 24th, The Trust for Governors Island, the island operator and manager, will introduce a ferry fare for Brooklyn and Manhattan ferries, charging $2 round trip for adults on all weekday ferries and on afternoon ferries on Saturdays and Sundays. Children will continue to ride free and senior citizens' fares will be half price. Morning ferries on Saturdays and Sundays will continue to be free for all. There will be no surcharge for bicycles. See the full press release on the ferry fare announcement from The Trust for Governors Island here.
However, once on the island, Governors Island National Monument is completely free to visit. There is no charge for access to the National Monument 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.
No reservations are required for any National Park Service program. Free tickets available one hour in advance are required for Castle Williams tours; more information is available here. A list of programs offered by the National Park Service is available here.
Did You Know?
Henry “Hap” Arnold (1886-1950), a founding father of the modern U.S. Air Force, got the itch to fly while a second lieutenant in the infantry at Fort Jay in 1909, watching biplanes take off and land on Governors Island. His commanding officer told him that he knew of no better way to commit suicide. In 1911, he learned to fly with the Wright brothers and would go on to become the first five-star general of the Army Air Corps and the first and only five star general of the U.S. Air Force.