Governors Island is one of the most hidden/unhidden gems in NYC. Although it might feel like a trek, it is a short 8 minute ferry ride from the city!
Planning Your Trip:
Open only from May 1st to October 31st, it is truly a treat for people from NYC and all over. The Island is open Monday – Thursday 10 AM – 6 PM, Friday – Saturday 10 AM – 10 PM, and Sunday 10 AM – 7 PM. Ferries leave from Brooklyn, at Pier 6, and Financial District at 10 South Street. Check here for the schedule and fees. Tip: Passengers ride free on Saturdays and Sundays before noon!
- If possible, I would recommend going on a week day – summer Fridays anyone?! Although not all vendors are open, the island isn’t as crowded, and much more enjoyable during the week.
What to Do:
Governors Island is constantly changing with new art exhibits, parties, food trucks/vendors, and fun events.
- Rent/Bring your Bike – The best way to cover a lot of ground is biking. You do not realize how big the island is, and how heat and walking do not mix in the summer if you plan to not stay in one area on the island.
- Food food food! If the many food vendors aren’t your forte, there are designated grilling stations. Honorary mention for Island Oyster, who recently opened at Governors Island. Unparalleled views, cutest décor (those stripes!), and great lobster rolls; People’s Pops (their watermelon mint ice pop); and Joe’s Coffee. Not all vendors are open every day, most only opened Saturdays and Sundays.
- Favorite spots:
- Outlook Hill – insane views of the city
- Hammock Grove – I love hammocks everywhere and these definitely do not disappoint
- Shantell Martin’s Church – Part of Governors Island 2019 public art commission, see it now until October 31
- Parade Ground – outdoor movies are shown periodically
- The old theatre – love the old history hidden around the island
- Slide Hill – they have the longest slide in NYC at 57 feet long!
P.S. if you are looking for a quick weekend trip in NYC, I highly would recommend Collective Retreats on Governors Island. Collective Retreats has locations in Texas, upstate, and more, but I can’t get over how cute the tents on Governors Island looks! That is a form of camping (glamping!) I definitely can get behind.