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).
The park is open to the public May 1 – October 1. Bring a picnic or take advantage of the wide array of food vendors. Bikes 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. There are playgrounds, ball fields, and slide hill, featuring the city’s longest slide (57 feet).Fifty red hammocks provide comfortable places to relax, read and enjoy or ignore the skyscrapers peeking above the trees.
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.