• Officers at Fort Jay, 1912.

    Governors Island

    National Monument New York

Things To Do

In addition to the programs listed below, The Trust for Governors Island hosts a wide array of events, activities, and exhibitions on the island. Please visit their website, www.govisland.com, for more information.

All programs listed below are free of charge. Programming is subject to change; check back often!


Summer Programming Schedule
All programs below offered through August 13th. A fall schedule of programs will be announced in late July.

Mondays and Tuesdays
- All National Park Service facilities are closed.
Governors Island is open 7 days a week from May 24 to September 28, 2014. National Park staffing and facilities are available and open 5 days a week, Wednesday - Sunday. On Mondays and Tuesdays, the national monument grounds are open and outdoor exhibits are available at Castle Williams and Dock 102.

Wednesdays
Explore Castle Williams - Courtyard open 10 AM till 5:30 PM. Tours of the roof every half hour, 11 AM till 5 PM. About 30 minutes. Get some history in the round at the best-preserved circular fortification in the nation. Fantastic views available from the roof. Free tickets required for tours. More information available here.

For Kids! From Drills to Drums: Civil War Life on Governors Island - 10:20 and 11:20 AM at Soissons Dock. About 45 minutes. Take a step into the past and meet island residents from hundreds of years ago. Kids and grown-ups will see first-hand the lives of soldiers, civilians and prisoners on the island in the 19th century. No tickets or reservations required, but if you're a large school or day camp group, we'd appreciate it if you drop us a line at 212-825-3045 to let us know how many you'll be.

Nolan Park: A Commanding Presence - 11 AM outside the Commanding Officer's Quarters. About 45 minutes. Take a stroll through the genteel neighborhood that played home to generations of the highest-ranking officers stationed on Governors Island. No tickets or reservations required.

Visit the Arsenal District - 1 PM at Soissons Dock. About 45 minutes. Did you know that for decades, Governors Island housed not one, but two military bases? Explore Governors Island's very own "heat-packing district" where the US Army managed munitions and arms during the 19th and 20th centuries. No tickets or reservations required.

Hike through History - 2 PM at Soissons Dock. About 90 minutes. See the whole history of the island in one go. Our most comprehensive program takes you to nearly every highlight in the historic district. No tickets or reservations required. Visitors should be prepared to stand for a full 90 minutes and walk a distance of about 1.5 miles.

Beachfront No More: Colonels' Row - 3 PM at the Liggett Hall Arch. About 45 minutes. Get to know the island's "dividing line" where officers meet enlisted men, natural turf meets artificial soil, and old meets new. No tickets or reservations required.

Thursdays
Explore Castle Williams - Courtyard open 10 AM till 5:30 PM. Tours of the roof every half hour, 11 AM till 1:30 PM. About 30 minutes. Note that tours end early on Thursday! Take a guided walking tour through one of the best-preserved 19th-century fortifications in the nation. Free tickets required for tours. More information available here.

For Kids! From Drills to Drums: Civil War Life on Governors Island - 10:20 and 11:20 AM at Soissons Dock. About 45 minutes. Take a step into the past and meet island residents from hundreds of years ago. Kids and grown-ups will see first-hand the lives of soldiers, civilians and prisoners on the island in the 19th century. No tickets or reservations required, but if you're a large school or day camp group, we'd appreciate it if you drop us a line at 212-825-3045 to let us know how many you'll be.

Nolan Park: A Commanding Presence - 11 AM outside the Commanding Officer's House. About 40 minutes. Take a stroll through the genteel neighborhood that played home to generations of the highest-ranking officers stationed on Governors Island. No tickets or reservations required.

Visit the Arsenal District
- 1 PM at Soissons Dock. About 40 minutes. Did you know that for decades, Governors Island housed not one, but two military bases? Explore Governors Island's very own "heat-packing district" where the US Army managed munitions and arms during the 19th and 20th centuries. No tickets or reservations required.

Artillery Thursday! - 2 PM to 3:30 PM near the eastern entrance to Fort Jay. Ends August 7th. Ready for the big boom? Learn about the life of a 19th-century artillerist and the ammunition and weaponry they used. Loud, fiery cannon demonstration. Then travel to Fort Jay and look at the big 5 and 7 ton Civil War cannons. No tickets or reservations required (just consider bringing your ear plugs).

Beachfront No More: Colonels' Row - 3 PM at the Liggett Hall Arch. About 45 minutes. Get to know the island's "dividing line" where officers meet enlisted men, natural turf meets artificial soil, and old meets new. No tickets or reservations required.

Fridays

Explore Castle Williams - Courtyard open 10 AM till 5:30 PM. Tours of the roof every half hour, 11 AM till 5 PM. About 30 minutes. Get some history in the round at the best-preserved circular fortification in the nation. Fantastic views available from the roof. Free tickets required for tours. More information available here.

For Kids! From Drills to Drums: Civil War Life on Governors Island - 10:20 and 11:20 AM at Soissons Dock. About 45 minutes. Take a step into the past and meet island residents from hundreds of years ago. Kids and grown-ups will see first-hand the lives of soldiers, civilians and prisoners on the island in the 19th century. No tickets or reservations required, but if you're a large school or day camp group, we'd appreciate it if you drop us a line at 212-825-3045 to let us know how many you'll be.

Nolan Park: A Commanding Presence - 11 AM outside the Commanding Officer's Quarters. About 45 minutes. Take a stroll through the genteel neighborhood that played home to generations of the highest-ranking officers stationed on Governors Island. No tickets or reservations required.

Visit the Arsenal District - 1 PM at Soissons Dock. About 40 minutes. Did you know that for decades, Governors Island housed not one, but two military bases? Explore Governors Island's very own "heat-packing district" where the US Army managed munitions and arms during the 19th and 20th centuries. No tickets or reservations required.

Hike through History - 2 PM at Soissons Dock. About 90 minutes. See the whole history of the island in one go. Our most comprehensive program takes you to nearly every highlight in the historic district. No tickets or reservations required. Visitors should be prepared to stand for a full 90 minutes and walk a distance of about 1.5 miles.

Beachfront No More: Colonels' Row - 3 PM at the Liggett Hall Arch. About 45 minutes. Get to know the island's "dividing line" where officers meet enlisted men, natural turf meets artificial soil, and old meets new. No tickets or reservations required.

Saturdays and Sundays
Explore Castle Williams - Courtyard open 10 AM till 5:30 PM. Tours of the roof every half hour, 11 AM till 5 PM. About 30 minutes. Get some history in the round at the best-preserved circular fortification in the nation. Fantastic views available from the roof. Free tickets required for tours. More information available here.

Experience Fort Jay: An Island Star! - On the hour, 12 PM to 4 PM at the eastern entrance to Fort Jay. About 30 minutes. Fortify your mind! Tour one of the best examples of classic star-shaped fort design anywhere in the country, including the oldest structure on the island. No tickets or reservations required.

Nolan Park: A Commanding Presence - 11 AM outside the Commanding Officer's Quarters. About 45 minutes. Take a stroll through the genteel neighborhood that played home to generations of the highest-ranking officers stationed on Governors Island. No tickets or reservations required.

Visit the Arsenal District - 1 PM at Soissons Dock. About 45 minutes. Did you know that for decades, Governors Island housed not one, but two military bases? Explore Governors Island's very own "heat-packing district" where the US Army managed munitions and arms during the 19th and 20th centuries. No tickets or reservations required.

Hike through History - 2 PM at Soissons Dock. About 90 minutes. See the whole history of the island in one go. Our most comprehensive program takes you to nearly every highlight in the historic district. No tickets or reservations required. Visitors should be prepared to stand for a full 90 minutes and walk a distance of about 1.5 miles.

Beachfront No More: Colonels' Row - 3 PM at the Liggett Hall Arch. About 45 minutes. Get to know the island's "dividing line" where officers meet enlisted men, natural turf meets artificial soil, and old meets new. No tickets or reservations required.

 
A Park Ranger describes the variety of programs that are offered during the summer season on Governors Island.
Ask a Park Ranger about the special programs and activities offered on Governors Island.
Daniel C. Krebs

Did You Know?

Author Janet Lambert and books she wrote while living on Governors Island.

Janet Lambert (1893-1973) was a military wife for over 30 years, and an actress and author of 54 books of young adult fiction for girls in the 1940s and 50s. She wrote about the lives and the coming of age choices between career or family by daughters of U.S. Army families during World War II and the Korean War-era. She wrote many of her books while living on Governors Island.