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.
Operating Hours & Seasons
Governors Island is open seasonally in the summertime from Memorial Day weekend to the last weekend in September. The 2013 weekend public access season started May 25 and continues weekends and Labor Day until September 29.
The national monument is open to visitors Wednesday through Sunday during the summer season. We operate in two modes: 1) open to the public on weekends and Monday holidays; and 2) access by guided/escorted tours and programs only.
On Saturdays, Sundays, Memorial Day and Labor Day, the island is open to the public from 10 AM to 7 PM. On public access days, visitors may explore the island at their own pace. Visitors may take a self-guided tour or a guided tour, or may picnic, bicycle, or or just hang out.
On Monday and Tuesday, the island is closed to the public.
Wednesday through Friday the island is closed BUT the National Park Service provides guided access only by tours and interactive programs in which a ranger accompanies visitors at all times. Visitors must stay with the program at all times and are not allowed to wander about the island unescorted.
The Trust for Governors Island, our partner organization, also offers a wide variety of programming on public access days. Visit them at:www.govisland.com for more information.
Click on the links below to view this season's National Park Ranger programming schedules.
In the off-season, October through June, the national monument is open during monthly scheduled programs or by appointment, depending on available staffing, budget, on-going construction and off-season project demands.
Did You Know?
At the start of American entry into World War I and just before leaving Governors Island in May 1917 to lead the 2 million soldiers of the American Expeditionary Force in France, General John J. Pershing (1860-1948) ran uptown into Manhattan to register early for the draft of the very army he was leading to France. He was going to be busy and out of town on draft registration day.