Governors Island closed July 4th
The island will be closed on July 4th and no National Park Service tours or programs will take place that day. NPS weekday ranger tours and programs will still be offered on Wednesday, July 3rd and Friday July 5th.
Phone number change
Hurricane Sandy destroyed the island's telephone connections to Manhattan. Our temporary information number for the park is now via cell phone at 646-241-2670. Other contact information can be found at www.nps.gov/gois/contacts. More »
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?
The first, last, and only shots fired in anger from Governors Island were directed at British naval ships as they invaded New York Harbor in the summer of 1776.