Overview

Governors Island is open to the public daily year-round. From September 5 through Memorial Day 2024, the Island is open daily from 7am-6pm daily.

Getting Here

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. Tickets to evening ferries can only be purchased in person at the Battery Maritime Building.

Beginning January 2, 2024, NYC Ferry will temporarily bypass Governors Island for several weeks due to planned maintenance. During this time, NYC Ferry riders traveling to Governors Island from Brooklyn or the Lower East Side can take the ferry to Wall Street/Pier 11 and transfer to Trust-operated ferries at 10 South Street. Click here for NYC Ferry information and schedules.

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Getting Here

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

View Detailed Ferry Schedule

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.

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.