• Visitors tour Castle Williams.

    Governors Island

    National Monument New York

Getting Around

Getting around on Governors Island:

  • Governors Island is a walking island. Motorized vehicles, such as cars, motorcycles, etc., are not permitted.
  • Bicycling is permitted throughout the island with the exceptions of Soissons Dock, Nolan Park, and inside the courtyard of Fort Jay. Learn more about cycling on Governors Island, including bike tours.

Did You Know?

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Oliver Otis Howard (1830-1909), from Maine, graduated from West Point in 1856. During the Civil War, he fought at Manassas; Fair Oaks – where he lost his right arm; Antietam; Chancellorsville; Gettysburg; Chattanooga; Atlanta; and participated in the march across Georgia. In 1865 he headed the Freedmans’ Bureau, which resettled and enforced the rights of newly freed African-American slaves in the South. His interest in their education led him to establish Howard University in Washington, D.C. and Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee. From 1886 to the end of his Army career, he commanded the U.S. Army in the Eastern United States from Governors Island.