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Click here for Memorial Day Weekend 2022 updates, schedules & visitor information.

Click here for Memorial Day Weekend 2022 updates, schedules & visitor information.

Overview

Governors Island is open to the public daily year-round—Thursday-Sunday: 7am-6pm; Friday-Saturday: 7am-10pm.

Memorial Day Weekend 2022

  • Governors Island is open from 7am-10pm on Friday, May 27, and Saturday, May 28; 7am-6pm on Sunday, May 29, and 7am-7pm on Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day)
  • Trust for Governors Island Brooklyn ferries will operate on Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day)
  • A selection of food vendors and programs will be open on weekend schedules on Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day)
  • NYC Ferry will run on a weekend schedule on Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day), click here for schedules

Getting to Governors Island

Governors Island is open to the public year-round and is currently accessible by ferries from Manhattan and Brooklyn operated by the Trust for Governors Island, and via NYC Ferry on the South Brooklyn route.

Trust for Governors Island-operated ferries:

  • Lower Manhattan (daily): The Battery Maritime Building, located at 10 South Street. Click here for schedules and tickets.
  • Brooklyn (Saturdays and Sundays): Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, near the intersection of Furman St. And Atlantic Ave., and Atlantic Basin in Red Hook, near the intersection of Pioneer Street and Conover Street. Click here for schedules and tickets.

NYC Ferry serves Governors Island weekdays on the South Brooklyn Route and summer weekends via the Wall Street/Pier 11 shuttle. For schedules, pricing and more information, visit ferry.nyc.

Please note: on the NYC Ferry Summer Schedule, the South Brooklyn route does not stop at Governors Island on weekends during the summer schedule. Riders may take any route to Pier 11 and transfer for free to the Pier 11-Governors Island shuttle, or NYC Ferry riders may transfer for free at either Atlantic Ave/Pier 6 or Red Hook/Atlantic Basin to Trust-operated Brooklyn ferries.

Health & Safety Protocols

The health and safety of our visitors, staff, tenants, vendors and community of cultural organizations is our top priority, and we are committed to supporting the City’s efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.

For the health and safety of all, The Trust for Governors Island is implementing the following protocols in accordance with local, state and federal guidelines:

  • Ticket reservations to Governors Island are recommended to manage capacity and ensure social distancing on ferries. Click here to reserve tickets.
  • Masks continue to be required while waiting for, boarding, riding and disembarking all Governors Island ferries.
  • Increased cleaning procedures and schedules are in place for all restrooms, aboard ferries, and in high-touch, high-traffic areas across the Island.
  • Enhanced health and safety protocols are in place for all food and drink vending locations.
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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 Chinese, Russian, and Spanish. Visitor Guides are available for download in Chinese, Russian, and Spanish.

Restrooms

Indoor restrooms are located inside the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Arts Center at Governors Island near Soissons Landing. Trailer restrooms are available at Yankee Pier, the west end of Liggett Terrace, South Battery and near Slide Hill. Increased cleaning procedures and schedules will be implemented for all amenities.

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. Wheelchair-accessible portable toilets are located throughout the grounds.

Welcome Centers

The Welcome Centers at Soissons Landing and Yankee Pier will be open Saturdays and Sundays for visitors to get directions and more information.

Guided Tours

Free, one-hour walking tours of the Island led by Friends of Governors Island volunteer tour guides begin at the Welcome Center at Soissons Landing. All tours are weather permitting and have a limited capacity of 10 individuals max on a first-come, first-served basis. Tours leave from Soissons Landing at 10:45am, 12:45pm and 2:45pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

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.

Group Visits

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

The Trust for Governors Island offers special waived 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.