NYC |Governors Island Get Away

Some folks like to get away, Take a holiday from the neighborhood – Billy Joel – 1976

Governors Island is the perfect escape from the city: 172 acres of car-free bike paths, playgrounds, gardens and incredible views all a five-minute ferry ride from lower Manhattan daily or Brooklyn (weekends only).

Toddler Pulling a WagonThe park is open to the public May 1 – October 1.  Bring a picnic or take advantage of the wide array of food vendorsOverview of Governors Island-2Bikes are available for rent on the island or cyclists can bring their own for free on the ferry. There are seven miles of car-free bike paths and plenty of bike-free pedestrian paths, as well.  Playground Governor's Island-2There are playgrounds, ball fields, and slide hill, featuring the city’s longest slide (57 feet).Hammocks Governors Island-2Fifty red hammocks provide comfortable places to relax, read and enjoy or ignore the skyscrapers peeking above the trees. Hens in the Henhouse-3

Earth Matter  offers tours of the compost learning center on weekends beginning in late May.  GrowNYC’s teaching garden hosts field trips, workshops and public events centered on urban farming.

Music, film and arts festivals, pop-up dinners and a plethora of other fun events occur throughout the season. Click here for a comprehensive calendar.


8 thoughts on “NYC |Governors Island Get Away

  1. You are amazing! Grew up in Manhattan and never ventured here. You have such an ability to make so many places, both known and unknown, fun! Keep it up!

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  2. Thanks Maggie.

    If you are in NY on June 10 or 11, you would enjoy taking pictures during this jazz age lawn party. It is big, people are going in number , all dress up,they take the ferry to the Island, they have a good time, swing dance on the lawn, you feel going back and living for a few hours at the time of the Great Gastby… `

    Jun 10, 2017 – Jun 11 12:00 am – 12:00 am

    Martine Anderson

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