Governors Island is a 172-acre island, a 10-minute ferry ride from Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn in New York City. Governors Island National Monument manages 22 acres, containing Fort Jay, Castle Williams, and Dock 102. The City of New York through the Trust for Governors Island manages the rest of the 150 acres. A number of amenities are managed by the Trust. A map of specific locations of amenities is available via the bottom of this page.
Operating Hours & Seasons
Fort Jay and Castle Williams will be open on Saturdays and Sundays, 10am - 5pm
There is no charge to visit the national monument.
The Trust for Governors Island, our island partner, also offers other programming. Some events hosted by the Trust and other organizations may be ticketed and require an entrance fee.
Liggett Terrace Food Court, King Avenue Food Court a other locations on Governors Island feature a variety of food truck and tent vendors that serve a variety of meals, snacks, and beverages. Check here to see a listing of food service vendors and their hours of operations on the island.
Visitors are welcome to bring their own beverages to the island, with the exception of alcohol. Alcohol is however available for purchase on the island — to be consumed only in specific areas of the island.
RestroomsRestrooms with flush toilets are located inside Building 110 at Soissons Landing — the building to the right exiting the Manhattan Ferry on the island.
Manhattan Ferry Route:
Restrooms with flush toilets are also located inside the Battery Maritime Building in Manhattan in the waiting line room.
On the rest of the island, there are a number of porta potty locations, as well as restroom trailers near the food courts at Liggett Terrace.
Governors Island is a walking and cycling island. Cars, motorcycles, and other motorized vehicles are not permitted. Exception: Motorized wheelchairs, etc. If you have any questions, please contact 212-440-2200 for more information.
Bicycling RulesCycling is permitted all over the island except in designated areas. Please dismount and walk your bicycle in the following locations:
We are sorry, pets are not permitted on Governors Island. Exception: Service animals with a State or New York City recognized service animal license are welcome. Please call 212-440-2200 for more information.
Last updated: May 24, 2023