Top Things To Do Opening Week


We’re officially open for Springtime fun beginning May 1! From cycling to flower blossom watching, there’s something for everyone. Here’s our guide for the best ways to experience the park, free exhibits opening in our historic houses and spring activities for all ages during opening week on Governors Island:

Look for colorful blooms in our park

This is the first year you’ll see spring in full bloom in our park. Keep an eye out for purple florals during opening week. The rain has brought out blossoms on our magnolias, cherries, crabapple trees and eastern red buds. The park’s brilliant yellow daffodils, donated by our friends at New Yorkers for Parks just popped too!

Stay late and watch the sunset

Visitors rarely get to take in the views of the NYC skyline and Lady Liberty from the Hills in the glow of the sunset so you don’t want to miss this! Stay late with us on Friday, May 5 until 9PM for live music, food and sunset viewing at Liggett Terrace and the Hills.

Run, cycle and recreate in front of Lady Liberty

The Island is YOUR park, and an unforgettable place to play. Over 7 miles of car-free paths await. Bike rentals are available from Blazing Saddles and are FREE from 10AM-12PM, and you can event rent a bicycle built for 2 (or 6)!

Conquer NYC’s Longest Slide

If you didn’t get to the Hills last season, be sure to pay them a visit during opening week. Slide Hill is a must-do for kids (and the young at heart), with four slides of varying lengths available to try out. For the more adventurous, conquer our long, winding 57 foot slide, the longest in New York City!

Learn about our Island bird friends

Visit the New York City Audubon Society’s summer house in Nolan Park for free bird walks, activities and book nooks for kids and info about birds and their natural habitats. The best part? The house is open every day!

Preview the HoloCenter’s summer exhibit

Push your senses with experimental visual technology and check out the HoloCenter Museum’s first group show of the season, ‘Ripple Effect’. The Museum is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays but don’t miss a special preview of the show from 2-4PM on Monday, May 1!

Douse yourself in color and celebrate diversity at Holi Hai

Mark your calendars for the first Saturday of the season and join us for NYC Holi Hai Spring Color Festival! Dance to the beat of live Indian drums, see dance performances and eat delicious food all while throwing color onto each other. This event is free and is family friendly. Attendees are encouraged to wear white and should be prepared to get messy and colorful!

Visit the Empire State Center for the Book’s Children’s Book Weekend

New to Nolan Park this summer is literary magic from the Empire State Center for the Book. Families should be sure to stop by Children’s Book Weekend Saturday and Sunday, which will include fourteen authors reading stories from their books over the course of the weekend

Check out more events and exhibits during opening week and throughout the season.