Things To Do

2016 Program Schedule
May through August 14th


WEEKDAYS:

  • NEW! Castle Williams Gift Shop open 11 AM until 4:30 PM
  • Going Around Castle Williams every hour at 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM, and 4:30 PM (Courtyard open 11 AM until 5:15 PM)
  • Fort Jay: Eagles, Townhouses and Big Guns at 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM, and 3:30 PM (Courtyard open 11 AM until 5:15 PM)
  • Kid's Program at 11:30 AM (Call 212.825.3045 or email gois_information @nps.gov for reservations)
  • FOREIGN LANGUAGE Spanish Walking Tour of Nolan Park at 1 PM Every Wednesday (until September 21st)


WEEKENDS:

  • NEW! Castle Williams Gift Shop open 11 AM until 5:30 PM
  • Going Around Castle Williams every hour at 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM, 4:30 PM, and 5:30 PM (Courtyard open 11 AM until 6:15 PM)
  • Fort Jay: Eagles, Townhouses and Big Guns at 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM, and 4:30 PM (Courtyard open 11 AM until 6:15 PM)
  • The Big Walk Around the Island at 2:30 PM
  • Civil War Artillery from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM (until August 14th)
  • Walking tour of Governors Island by Sami Steigmann at 12:30 PM Select Saturdays (July 23, July 30, August 6, August 13, August 27, September 3, September 10)
  • RANGER TOPICS Aviation Comes to Governors Island at 1:30 PM Every Saturday (until September 24th)
  • RANGER TOPICS Geology Tour at 1:30 PM Every Saturday (until September 24th)
  • RANGER TOPICS Harbor Estuary Talk at 1:30 PM Every Sunday (until September 25th)
  • FOREIGN LANGUAGE Spanish Walking Tour of Nolan Park at 1 PM Select Saturdays
  • FOREIGN LANGUAGE Spanish Castle Williams Talks from 1 PM to 3 PM Every Other Saturday (July 23, August 6, August 20, September 3, September 17)
  • FOREIGN LANGUAGE Mandarin Chinese Castle Williams Talks from 1 PM to 3 PM Every Other Saturday (July 30, August 13, August 27, September 10)
Castle Williams and Fort Jay open 11 AM until 6:15 PM


Also, visit the self-guided exhibits located at Castle Williams and Dock 102.



DESCRIPTIONS:

Castle Williams Bookstore
Get your Centennial passport stamp and Find Your Park memorabilia.

Going Around Castle Williams
About 30 minutes. Tour the best-preserved circular fortification in the nation. We might talk about prisoners or big cannons or architecture. More information

Fort Jay: Eagles, Townhouses and Big Guns
About 30 minutes. Meet at the Fort Jay bridge. Fortify your mind! Tour one of the best examples of a classic star-shaped fort anywhere in the country, including the oldest structure on the island and the eagle sculpture that sits atop. We might talk about that eagle from 1796 or spies or big cannons or what it was like for a kid to grow up in a fort in the 1970s.

The Big Walk Around the Island
About 90 minutes. Meet the ranger at the top of the hill from Soissons Landing. See the whole history of the island in one go. This ranger programs takes you to most of the older buildings on the island. We will tell you the back stories on some of them. 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.

Civil War Artillery
Near the eastern entrance to Fort Jay. Learn about the life of a 19th century artillerist and the ammunition and weaponry they used. Or if you like loud noises and smoke, this might be something to check out…

Kid's Program
Call 212.825.3045 or email gois_information @nps.gov for reservations.

Walking tour of Governors Island by Sami Steigmann
Join Volunteer-in-Park Sami for a one-of-a-kind look at the history of Governors Island. Meet Sami at the top of the hill from Soissons Landing.

Ranger Topic Tours

Aviation Comes to Governors Island
About 45 minutes. Meet the ranger at the Welcome Wall at Soissons Landing. Learn about the Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and Ruth Law. Governors Island played a big part in the early days of aviation. Join us to learn how!

Geology Tour
Meet the ranger at the Fort Jay bridge. Where did all the granite for the walls of Fort Jay come from? And the sandstone for Castle Williams? Learn about the geologic makeup of some of your favorite historic forts on Governors Island.

Harbor Estuary Talk
About 30 minutes. Meet the ranger at Dock 102 which is off of Kimmel Road. Learn about the harbor/estuary. We will talk about the wildlife of the estuary (including oysters and the Billion Oyster Project), the history and geography of New York harbor, and environmental conservation.

Foreign Language Interpretation

Spanish Walking Tour of Nolan Park
Meet Ranger Jean Carlos at the top of the hill from Soissons Landing. A look at how the high ranking army officers and their families lived in the beautiful, tree-lined Nolan Park.

Spanish Castle Williams Talks
¿Hablas Español? ¿Te gustaría obtener más información sobre el histórico Castillo Williams en el Monumento Nacional de la Isla de Gobernadores? (Do you speak Spanish? Would you like to learn more about historic Castle Williams at Governors Island National Monument?) More information

Mandarin Chinese Castle Williams Talks
您会说中文吗?您想了解更多关于总督岛国家纪念古迹威廉姆斯城堡(Castle Williams)的历史吗? (Do you speak Chinese? Would you like to learn more about historic Castle Williams at Governors Island National Monument?) More information


See Maps
 
Cannon firing in front of Fort Jay
Cannon firing in front of Fort Jay

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

10 South Street
New York, NY 10004-1921

Phone:

(212) 825-3045

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