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.
Plan Your Visit
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.
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.
Did You Know?
Approximately two-thirds of the army musicians (drummers and fifers) trained and posted to Governors Island from 1836 to the 1870s were below the age of 21.