Overview

Governors Island is open to the public daily year-round. From Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend, the Island is open from 7am-10pm Sunday through Thursday and 7am-11pm Friday and Saturday, with the South Island Park (including Picnic Point, the Hills, Hammock Grove, and the Play Lawns) closing at 6pm every day. All other times, the Island is open daily from 7am-6pm.

Getting Here

From Manhattan: Ferries operated by the Trust for Governors Island run daily from the Battery Maritime Building, located at 10 South Street in Lower Manhattan. Click here for schedules and tickets. Evening ferries are available for Governors Island tenants and guests, which includes visitors to QC NY, Island Oyster, Taco Vista, and Gitano. Tickets to evening ferries can only be purchased in person at the Battery Maritime Building.

From Brooklyn: Seasonal ferries operated by the Trust for Governors Island run Saturdays, Sundays, and Holiday Mondays from May 25-September 2, 2024 from two Brooklyn locations: Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park and Red Hook/Atlantic Basin. Click here for schedules and tickets.

NYC Ferry, the City's public ferry service, also serves Governors Island daily year-round, with stops on the Lower East Side, Wall Street, and along the Brooklyn waterfront. The Trust for Governors Island does not operate NYC Ferry, and tickets for NYC Ferry cannot be purchased on the Governors Island website. Click here for NYC Ferry information, ticketing, and schedules.

Hours
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South Island Park closes at 6pm. South Island Park closes at 6pm. South Island Park closes at 6pm. South Island Park closes at 6pm. South Island Park closes at 6pm. South Island Park closes at 6pm. South Island Park closes at 6pm.
Getting Here

Governors Island is accessible by ferry every day of the week.

View Detailed Ferry Schedule

Juneteenth 2024

  • Governors Island is open regular hours (7am-10pm) on Wednesday, June 19 (Juneteenth), with ferries operating on a normal schedule from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street in Lower Manhattan.
  • The Trust for Governors Island's seasonal weekend Brooklyn ferries will run on a Sunday schedule on Wednesday, June 19 (Juneteenth).
  • NYC Ferry will operate on a holiday schedule on Wednesday, June 19 (Juneteenth).

Food and Drink

Visitors are welcome to bring their own food and eat at one of the many picnic tables scattered throughout the Island. Visitors may not bring alcohol onto the island but can purchase on-Island and consume it in designated areas. Click here for a current list of food vendors on Governors Island. Hours are weather dependent and are subject to change.

Services for Non-English Speakers

Governors Island's website can be translated via Google Translate. Visitor maps are available in Simplified Chinese and Spanish. During the summer months, Visitor Guides are available at the Soissons Landing Welcome Center in English, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish.

Restrooms

Indoor restrooms are located inside the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Arts Center at Governors Island near Soissons Landing and at Yankee Pier, the west end of Liggett Terrace, South Battery, and near Slide Hill. Portable restrooms are available at Colonels Row.

Accessibility

All ferries going to and from Governors Island, as well as the grounds of the island itself, are accessible to those in wheelchairs. Not all buildings on the Island are wheelchair accessible. Building 110, located next to Soissons Landing, is wheelchair accessible. All restrooms are wheelchair accessible. The Trust for Governors Island operates a wheelchair accessible tram Fridays-Sundays during the summer months, stopping at each ferry landing approximately every 30 minutes. Click here to download a map. Please note, trams are meant as accessibility aides and are open to all Island visitors.

Welcome Centers

Visit the Welcome Centers at Soissons Landing and Yankee Pier, powered by the Friends of Governors Island. They're open Friday-Sunday for visitor maps, Island information, free guided walking tours, Governors Island merch, and more.

Notice: Temporary Road Closure

Due to ongoing work for a special event production, portions of Craig Road North will be closed to pedestrians from June 10-27, 2024. The South Island Park (including the Hills and Picnic Point) remains open and accessible during this time. Click here for a map with alternate routes.

Notice: Kayak Launch Out of Service

Due to necessary repairs, the Kayak Dock at Pier 101 is currently not in service. Please stay tuned for updates as we work to restore landing for human-powered vessels.

Group Visits

Groups visiting Governors Island are encouraged to limit themselves to 40 individuals or fewer. Those wishing to reserve more than 40 ferry tickets should email groupvisits@govisland.org at least two weeks in advance of their visit.

The Trust for Governors Island offers special waived ferry fares for non-profit community-based organizations, youth camps, and senior centers throughout New York City, subject to availability. To inquire about special group visits, organizations may email groupvisits@govisland.org at least two weeks in advance of their requested visit date.

Zero Waste Island

The Trust for Governors Island continues its dedication to environmental stewardship through its Zero Waste Island initiative. In partnership with Earth Matter NY, Inc. the Trust aims to reduce the amount of waste from the Island going to landfills by:

  • Ensuring all recycling stations on the Island include a color-coded, clearly labeled compost bin.
  • Mandating that serviceware from all vendors and events on the Island is compostable.
  • Composting all organics collected on the Island at Earth Matter’s Compost Learning Center and returning the finished product to the Island’s landscapes.
  • Prohibiting plastic straws, plastic bags, and Styrofoam.
  • Creating a community of Island tenants, partners, vendors and events that are committed to composting and recycling.

Visitors can participate in the Zero Waste Initiative by practicing “Think Before You Throw” when putting waste in a bin, and can appreciate the results by enjoying the Island’s vibrant landscapes that thrive on nutrients from Island-made compost.