Governors Island will reopen to visitors beginning May 1, 2021.
Governors Island will be open to the public from May 1 through October 31, 2021, 10AM to 6PM on weekdays and 10AM to 7PM on weekends. The Island’s 2020 health, safety and social distancing protocols remain in place for 2021 to ensure a safe environment for all visitors.
To allow for social distancing on Governors Island ferries, visitors must reserve tickets in advance. Tickets are available now and more information is available below. In 2021:
- Manhattan ferries will run daily from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South St.
- Brooklyn ferries will run Saturdays and Sundays from both Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park and Atlantic Basin in Red Hook for the entirety of the 2021 season.
See more about health and safety protocols as well as Island amenities in 2021 below.
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 are required to manage capacity and ensure social distancing on ferries.
- Visitors are required to wear face coverings while queuing, boarding, riding, and disembarking Governors Island ferries, and on the Island whenever social distancing is not possible.
- Visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet between groups.
- 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.
- Hand sanitizer and hand washing stations are located throughout the Island.
- All indoor programs will be subject to limited capacity. All visitors will be required to wear face coverings while indoors.
- Gatherings will be subject to the latest guidelines from Federal, State, and Local authorities.
- Public program schedules vary and are subject to change based on the latest guidelines. More info and program schedules will be available here soon.
- Galleries within LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island will open beginning Thursday, June 12. More info about the Arts Center’s 2021 programming will be available soon. Public restrooms inside the building remain open.
- All in-person Governors Island tours are cancelled until further notice.
- Fort Jay and Castle Williams will remain temporarily closed until further notice.
- The Governors Island Welcome Center at Yankee Pier will be closed until further notice. Visitor Services Staff will be available throughout the Island.
Groups visiting Governors Island are encouraged to limit themselves to 20 individuals or fewer. Those wishing to visit with more than 20 people are requested to email email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks in advance of their requested visit date.
Governors Island is a 172-acre island in the heart of New York Harbor nestled between Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn waterfront. Eight minutes from the energy and excitement of the City, the Island is a popular seasonal destination. An award-winning new park is complemented by dozens of unique historic buildings, environmental educational facilities, a rich arts and culture program and a 22-acre National Monument managed by the National Park Service. Unlike anywhere else in New York, Governors Island offers peaceful settings with sweeping views of the Harbor, Lower Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty. Looking ahead, the Island will be activated year-round with expanded educational, commercial and non-profit uses.
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 and consume it in designated areas here. A wide range of food vendors can be found throughout the Island, with the lineup available here. All Governors Island vendors will comply with the latest food service guidelines and adhere to health and safety plans that minimize person-to-person contact, emphasize hygiene, and allow for social distancing in serving areas.
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, French and Spanish.
Indoor restrooms are located at Building 110 on Governors Island. Trailer restrooms are available at Yankee Pier, the south end of Nolan Park, the west end of Liggett Terrace and near Slide Hill. Hand washing and sanitizing stations are also available across the Island. Increased cleaning procedures and schedules will be implemented for all amenities.
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.
The Welcome Center at Soissons Landing will be open Saturdays and Sundays for visitors to get directions, pick up Island essentials or get a complimentary face covering from a Visitor Services team member. Additionally, look for Visitor Services team members in blue shirts across the Island!
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. Visitors can see the composting process in action at Earth Matter’s Compost Learning Center and can appreciate the results by enjoying the Island’s vibrant landscapes that thrive on nutrients from Island-made compost.