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Temporary Construction Alert: Please be advised that several areas on Governors Island will be impacted throughout September due to the installation of Charles Gaines’s “Moving Chains” and the Longines Global Champions Tour. Click here for details.

Temporary Construction Alert: Please be advised that several areas on Governors Island will be impacted throughout September due to the installation of Charles Gaines’s “Moving Chains” and the Longines Global Champions Tour. Click here for details.

Governors Island Working Dogs Max, Chip & Quinn can't wait to welcome dogs to Governors Island on Saturdays this winter.

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Winter Dog Days at Governors Island

Dogs welcome Saturdays from 7am-3pm through April 30
Weekly on Saturday, starting from Jan 22, 2022, until May 1, 2022

Dogs are now allowed on Gov­er­nors Island every Sat­ur­day from 7am-3pm through April 30. This sea­son­al pilot allows dogs, along with their human coun­ter­parts, to enjoy the Island’s incred­i­ble 172-acres, com­plete with car-free path­ways, open fields and incred­i­ble views — along with a new, fenced-in dog park locat­ed behind Liggett Ter­race and open Sat­ur­days this win­ter from 7am-3pm. Unlike any­where else in the city, Gov­er­nors Island offers crowd-free areas for leashed dogs and their humans to enjoy the sights of New York Har­bor, with plen­ty of room to explore.

Dog Days Rules: 

  • Dogs are only allowed on Gov­er­nors Island on Sat­ur­days from 7am-3pm dur­ing this win­ter sea­son pilot. In accor­dance with NY State law, only ser­vice dogs are allowed on Gov­er­nors Island oth­er days and times.
  • Dogs must remain on a leash, includ­ing while on Trust for Gov­er­nors Island oper­at­ed ferries.
  • Dogs and their own­ers must ride in one of the out­door sec­tions of the ferry.
  • No extra tick­ets or reser­va­tions are required for dogs on Trust for Gov­er­nors Island oper­at­ed ferries.
  • Dogs are allowed to come over to Gov­er­nors Island up until 3pm on Sat­ur­days. Dogs that arrive before 3pm may remain on the Island until it clos­es. Dogs will not be allowed on Trust-oper­at­ed Gov­er­nors Island fer­ries after 3pm.
  • Dogs are cur­rent­ly not allowed in indoor spaces on Gov­er­nors Island.
  • Dogs are only allowed off-leash in the des­ig­nat­ed dog park behind Liggett Ter­race (click here for loca­tion on map). All dogs and their humans must adhere to the post­ed dog park rules (click here to view). 
  • You must pick up after your dog and place all dog waste in the land­fill bins locat­ed around the Island — we’ll have bags avail­able, but please bring your own just in case.

FOR NYC FER­RY RID­ERS: Only ser­vice ani­mals are allowed on ves­sels oper­at­ed by NYC Fer­ry. Dogs, with the excep­tion of trained ser­vice ani­mals as defined by the Amer­i­cans with Dis­abil­i­ties Act, are not per­mit­ted on NYC Fer­ry ves­sels unless they are in a pet car­ri­er and/​or muzzled. 

While this will mark the first time Gov­er­nors Island is open to the gen­er­al dog pop­u­la­tion of New York City, a spe­cial crew of five work­ing dogs have been run­ning around the Island for six years. The Gov­er­nors Island work­ing dogs are trained to chase the geese off the Island with­out harm­ing them, pre­sent­ing a sus­tain­able and effec­tive solu­tion to goose con­trol. The team — Max, Chip, Quinn, Leader and Aspen — can­not wait to wel­come the dogs of NYC to the Island. 

A spe­cial thank you to Gov­er­nors Island sup­port­ers, Julian Yap and Lau­ren Flick­er-Yap, for help­ing make Win­ter Dog Days pos­si­ble. Click here to learn about ways to sup­port the Gov­er­nors Island Work­ing Dogs. 

Weekly on Saturday, starting from Jan 22, 2022, until May 1, 2022