Island Rules and Regulations
To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all visitors, please abide by the following rules:
-All visitors, back packs, packages and vehicles are subject to search.
-Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
-Visitors may bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages to the Island. Grilling is permitted only in designated areas through the Trust’s online reservation system.
-Catch-and-release fishing is permitted for visitors over 16. A valid New York State fishing license is required.
-Governors Island is home to unique historic and natural assets. Entering secured buildings and off-limit areas is not permitted. Do not remove any artifacts or other materials found on the Island.
The following items may not be brought onto Governors Island:
-Alcoholic beverages, marijuana or any illegal substances.
-Explosive, firearms and weapons of any kind.
-Motorized vehicles, including motorized bicycles, scooters, or skateboards.
-Pets or other animals. Service dogs are permitted in accordance with NY State law.
-Drones, except by permit for film and photography purposes.
-Smoking of tobacco, e-cigarettes or other products that produce a vapor or smoke.
-Commercial activity or solicitation.
-Picking flowers or plants.
-Feeding any animals in the park, including birds or squirrels.
The Trust for Governors Island reserves the right to deny access to the Island or require a person to leave the Island if the Trust considers that the circumstances so require.