Governors Island

Things To Do

Upper Image: Roof and inner courtyard of Castle Williams with Manhattan Skyline in background. Lower Image: scarp or wall and dry moat of Fort Jay
Visit our two forts, Castle Williams (circular historic fortification) and Fort Jay (star-shaped historic fortification)

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Governors Island was one of the longest continually operated military bases in the country, operated for two centuries, by the U.S. Army and later the U.S. Coast Guard until its closure in 1996.

Guided Tours - Free:

There are no formal, guided tours scheduled at this time
When our guided tours schedule start you can either come to Governors Island on the day of and sign up or reserve a spot on a scheduled tour in advance by going here:
Governors Island National Monument, New York -

Self-Guided - Free:
The forts will be opening, Friday May 24, 2024. We will be open all weekend, as well as Memorial Day Monday May 27th. Going forward from May 29th, we will be open Wednesday through Sunday, as well as Federal Holidays. Hours of Fort Operations are 10 AM-5 PM. Staff will be on hand to answer your questions


America's National Parks Gift Shop and Bookstore

Open Saturday and Sunday, in season, 11am to 4pm (staff permitting)


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Last updated: May 16, 2024

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Mailing Address:

10 South Street
New York, NY 10004-1921


212 825-3054

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