• Visitors tour Castle Williams.

    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!

Program Schedule August - September.
All programs below offered through September 28, 2014, the final day of the summer season on Governors Island.

Monday and Tuesday - No National Park Service programs or tours.

Governors Island is open 7 days a week until September 28, 2014. For information on weekday programs, visit www.govisland.com National Park staff and available and facilities are open 5 days a week, Wednesday - Sunday. On Mondays and Tuesdays, national monument grounds are open for visitors and Fort Jay is open from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Wednesday - Friday

Explore Castle Williams - Courtyard open 10 AM till 5:30 PM. Tours on the half hour from 11:30 AM till 4:30 PM. About 30 minutes. Get some history in the round at the best-preserved circular fortification in the nation.

Experience Fort Jay: An Island Star! - On the half hour, 11:30 PM to 3:30 PM . Starts at the front drawbridge 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.

Hike through History2:30 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. district. Visitors should be prepared to stand for a full 90 minutes and walk a distance of about 1.5 miles.

Saturday - Sunday

Explore Castle Williams - Courtyard open 10 AM till 5:30 PM. Tours on the half hour from 11:30 AM till 4:30 PM. About 30 minutes. Get some history in the round at the best-preserved circular fortification in the nation.

Experience Fort Jay: An Island Star! - On the half hour, 11:30 PM to 3:30 PM (last one is at 12:30 PM on Thursday). Starts at the front drawbridge 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.

Rangers Choice - 1:30 PM at Soissons Dock. About 60 minutes. We have more stories than programs we can tell them. Each ranger has one or more topics they will talk about as they walk around the historic district with you.

Hike through History2:30 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. district. Visitors should be prepared to stand for a full 90 minutes and walk a distance of about 1.5 miles.

 
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?

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.