• Visitors tour Castle Williams.

    Governors Island

    National Monument New York

Things To Know Before You Come

Before you arrive, be sure to check the Trust for Governors Island's website for additional information.

Please note that NPS facilities on the island, including Fort Jay, Castle Williams, and our bookstore, are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Island Rules:

  • The following are not permitted on Governors Island: pets, alcohol, controlled substances, weapons, or explosives.
  • Visitors are also not permitted to cook on Governors Island or swim in New York Harbor except by permit.
  • Limited leisure bicycling is permitted only on designated paths and in designated areas of the Island. All bicyclists shall cycle at their own risk and comply with all of The Trusts's bicycle rules. Speed limits are enforced.
  • Biking is not permitted at Soissons Dock, Nolan Park, or inside Fort Jay.
  • All visitors and packages are subject to search. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The Trust and its agents reserve the right to deny access to the Island at their discretion.
  • Fishing is permitted on Governors Island in the designated area along the western promenade. Fishing is catch and release ONLY.

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.