Governors Island National Monument, New York City

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Home to centuries-old fortifications and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Governors Island National Monument today provides a great deal of New York's military history as well as a green space close to the city. The island a little more than 730 m (2,395 ft) from the end of Manhattan and 365 m (1,200 ft) from Brooklyn, yet its 70 ha (172 acres) of parkland, public spaces, and facilities lend an air distinctly separate from the nearby hustle and bustle. Explore the island and its two large fortifications--the star-shaped Fort Jay and circular Castle Williams--which date from the American Revolution and turn of the 19th century, respectively. A guided tour of the island offered by the park service gives you an overview of the area's history in an approximately 2.4 km (1.5 mi) loop. Be sure to check the service's online schedule to see when tours and monument access are available. Governors Island National Monument is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , international travel planner Edition.
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  • We often go to Governors Island during the summer months and when we do, we prefer to ride around on tandems for two as well as the surreys if we are with another couple. The views of the Statue of.....  more »
  • Was looking for an easy way to get out of the city and enjoy the nice weather. The trip to the ferry at Battery Point was a medium bike ride from 48th and 3rd along the river. The ferry ride is...  more »
  • Governor's Island is a great place to visit. It's only a short ferry ride from New York and a nice getaway with no cars and a relaxed atmosphere. I'd definitely recommend visiting the island for both travelers and native New Yorkers. Governor's Island doesn't get that much attention, but that might be a good thing because that means it's not very busy!
  • Fantastic! Glad we finally came. MUCH larger than I thought it was. Bikes are a great idea to explore the island. Very good taco place or being lunch and a blanket and just hang out. Ferry from Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park made for an easy and scenic (though brief) ride. Relaxing and is a great example of yet another place in NYC where you just kind of pinch yourself and say "am I really in the largest city in the US"? Seems remote yet the skyscrapers of lower Manhattan are right across the water.

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