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Friday Schedule

Friday Ferry Schedule

Departs Lower Manhattan at:
10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM
1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM

Departs Governors Island at:
10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM
2:30 PM, 3:30 PM, 4:30 PM, 5:00 PM

Orientation to the History of Governors Island

Date: Every Friday
Time: 10:25*, 11:25, 12:25*, 1:25, 2:25* and 3:25 (May 27 - September 25)
Location: Meet at the top of the hill at Soissons Dock on Governors Island.


Join a National Park Ranger or an NPS Volunteer-in-Park for this 45-60 minute walking experience to discover how the role of Governors Island evolved to meet the changing needs of New York City and the nation.

*Subject to Volunteer availability

Additional guided experiences may also be available. Please check with a Park Ranger on the day of your visit.


Friday Morning Summer Program for Kids

Date: Every Friday
10:15, 11:15, 12:15 (May 27 - September 23) As staffing permits. Call 212-825-3044 Wed-Sun for more information.
Meet at the top of the hill at Soissons Dock on Governors Island.


National Park Rangers present a thematic living history experience where children of all ages, with their chaperons, are invited to learn about the historic role of the people of Governors Island. Children will meet with an array of "guests" from the past such as soldiers, from the Civil War, Confederate Prisoners or civilians. Reservations are not required.

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.