Governors Island will be open to the public for passive recreation activities beginning July 15. Starting that day, the Island will be open from 10AM to 6PM on weekdays and 10AM to 7PM on weekends. Governors Island will be open through November 1 in 2020.
Governors Island will launch a number of health, safety and social distancing protocols upon reopening to ensure a safe environment for all visitors, a new ticket reservation system to manage capacity on ferries.
Capacity on Governors Island ferries will be limited during the 2020 season to allow for social distancing. Visitors must reserve tickets in advance through a new ticket reservation system. Tickets are available now: reserve here. Learn more about Governors Island ferry service in 2020 here. Visitors must depart the Island on their assigned return ferry time selected when purchasing tickets.
- Manhattan ferries will run daily from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South St.
- Brooklyn ferries will run from the Red Hook/Atlantic Basin ferry terminal. There will be no Brooklyn ferries from Pier 6 at Brooklyn Bridge Park in 2020.
- Brooklyn ferries will run on Saturdays and Sundays starting July 18.
- NYC Ferry service will offer additional connections to Governors Island with a dedicated weekend shuttle from Wall Street/Pier 11 that will operate approximately every 30 minutes beginning July 18. Tickets are $2.75 or by free transfer from any NYC Ferry route. All visitors who arrive to Governors Island via NYC Ferry are strongly encouraged to depart using NYC Ferry as the Governors Island ferry service will operate on a reservation ticket service and walk-up tickets are not guaranteed. NYC Ferry riders are required to wear a mask or face covering at all times. For ticketing information and for a full schedule, please visit www.ferry.nyc.
See more about health and safety protocols as well as service changes to Island activities and amenities for 2020 below.
COVID-19 Public Season Response
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:
- A new ticket reservation system to manage capacity on ferries. Visitors are required to purchase tickets in advance and must depart on their selected return ferry. Tickets will be available in early July.
- Requiring visitors to wear face coverings while riding the ferry, or when social distancing is not possible
- Reminding visitors to stay 6 feet apart when queuing on the ferry, while riding the ferry, and while visiting the Island
- Increased cleaning procedures and schedules in all restrooms, aboard ferries, and in high-touch, high-traffic areas across the Island
- Enhanced health and safety protocols at all food and drink vending locations
- Installing hand sanitizer and hand washing stations throughout the Island
- All outdoor event permits will be canceled through September 30
- All sports team practices and games through athletic field permits are cancelled at least through July 31
- All indoor public programming, including in Nolan Park and Colonels Row will be postponed until at least August 31. Programming organizations may utilize indoor spaces as workspaces as part of NYC’s Phase 2 of reopening.
- Galleries within LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island are currently closed to the public. Public restrooms inside the building remain open.
- Adventures GI amusements are closed until further notice
- play:groundNYC's The Yard adventure playground is closed until further notice
- All in-person Governors Island tours are cancelled until further notice
- Fort Jay and Castle Williams will remain temporarily closed
- The Governors Island Welcome Center at Yankee Pier will be closed until further notice. Visitor Services Staff will be available throughout the Island.
- The Urban Farm will be open for passive visits Saturdays and Sundays 12-4PM
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.
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Governors Island is accessible by ferry every day of the week during the public season.
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 full 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 Wednesdays through 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!