Help Governors Island grow

Become a Member or Join the Leaders Circle

Membership: Get the best of Governors Island by becoming a member!

Members get great perks like free ferry rides, invitations to members-only events, discounts on activities like Blazing Saddles and AdventuresGI and at Island eateries like Little Eva’s, Taco Vista, Island Oyster and more.

Leaders Circle: Be part of Governors Island's future as a vibrant public resource.

Leaders Circle members enjoy an insider's view of the Island's latest news and developments, and one-of-a-kind special events and benefits, including:

  • Reserved area at "Escape in New York" Film Series
  • Complimentary tickets to favorite Island events like the Vendy Awards and Jazz Age Lawn Party
  • Private tours with Island leadership

Annual Membership Levels & Benefits

Friend Membership

$50

  • 1 membership card
  • Season-long free ferry rides
  • Discounted bike rentals from Blazing Saddles
  • Admission to free members-only events like Insider Access tours 
  • Special discounts from select Island vendors, like Island Oyster, Taco Vista and more
  • Discount on Jazz Age Lawn Party tickets
  • Subscription to Governors Island Members E-Newsletter
  • 15% discount at the Welcome Center stores

*Students and Seniors eligible for 20% discount on Friend Memberships purchased on-Island at our Welcome Center, with valid ID.

Your donation is fully tax-deductible.

Join or renew for $50

Supporter Membership

$100

All Friend Membership benefits, for 2 adults and children under 18, plus:

  • Free ferry rides for up to two additional guests per visit
  • Governors Island water bottle (new members only)

The tax-deductible portion of your donation is $90.

Join or renew for $100

Steward Membership with Early Hours

$250

All Supporter Membership benefits, plus:

  • Free ferry rides for up to four additional guests per visit
  • Early Hours: Enjoy the Island starting at 9am on weekends, June - August
  • Governors Island tote bag (new members only)

The tax-deductible portion of your donation is $230.

Join or renew for $250

Partner Membership with Early Hours

$500

All Steward Membership benefits, plus:

  • One complimentary ticket to our annual Sunset Soirée cocktail party on June 4
  • Additional Governors Island water bottle and tote bag (new members only)

The tax-deductible portion of your donation is $460.

Join or renew for $500

Leaders Circle Navigator

$1,000

As part of the Leaders Circle, Navigators enjoy exclusive access to the Island and Island leadership with invitations to behind-the-scenes tours and unique events.

The Navigator level includes all Partner Membership benefits, plus those exclusive to Leaders Circle:

  • Free ferry rides for up to eight additional guests per visit
  • Additional ticket to our annual Sunset Soirée cocktail party on June 4 (2 tickets total)
  • Private golf cart tour with Friends Executive Director, Merritt Birnbaum, and catered picnic
  • Reserved area at "Escape in New York" Film Series, with your own Governors Island blanket
  • Name listing on website and annual report

The tax-deductible portion of your donation is $960.

Join or renew for $1,000

Leaders Circle Discoverer

$2,500

As part of the Leaders Circle, Discoverers enjoy exclusive access to the Island and Island leadership with invitations to behind-the-scenes tours and unique events.

The Discoverer level includes all Navigator benefits, plus:

  • Private building tour with Trust President & CEO, Michael Samuelian
  • Two complimentary Jazz Age Lawn Party tickets
  • Two complimentary Vendy Awards tickets
  • Complimentary Supporter ($100) membership for a friend
  • Private party for you and five friends at Taco Vista
  • Access to the Island during the winter months* (pre-arrangement required)

The tax-deductible portion of your donation is $2,460.

Join or renew for $2,500

Contact us to arrange payment by check.


Please note: Memberships can be purchased via the govisland.com website or on-Island at the Welcome Center near Soissons landing on weekend days. Memberships are not available for purchase at the ferry terminals. Members must present their cards or a printed copy of a membership receipt to ferry terminal security in order to board the ferry for free. Benefits are valid only for the member named on the active member card and are non-transferable.

*Guest passes are for single-use admission

**pre-arrangement required