Help Governors Island grow

Become a founding member today

Governors Island is like no place in NYC. Our new membership program combines the benefits of belonging to both NYC’s great parks and its cultural institutions. As a founding member, you will be contributing to the Island's continuing evolution as a treasured civic resource.

Get the best of Governors Island

All memberships include free ferry access, invitations to members-only events and tours, a free bike rental from Blazing Saddles, special discounts from Island partners and more! See full benefits list below.

Support our shared space

Your membership funds critical horticultural care of our lush landscapes, free public programs and events, summer internships for public high school students, visitor services and outreach to communities throughout the five boroughs. 

Join a growing community

As a founding member, you will become part of a family of fellow Island lovers! Members receive regular communications and opportunities to come together and support Governors Island.

​Make history

Governors Island is at the cusp of its transformation from a former military base to a vital piece of NYC’s cultural and recreational life. Be a part of the Island’s evolution and ensure it remains a vibrant shared space for all.

Annual Membership Levels & Benefits

Individual Membership


  • 1 membership card
  • Season-long free ferry access
  • One-time free bike rental from on-Island partner, Blazing Saddles
  • Admission to free members-only events including “Island Insider” tour series
  • Special discounts from select Island vendors
  • Early registration to select ticketed events held on Governors Island
  • Subscription to Governors Island Members E-Newsletter
  • 10% discount on Friends of Governors Island merchandise 

Your donation is fully tax-deductible.

Join for $50.00

Family Membership


All Individual Membership benefits but for 2 adults and children under 18, plus:

  • Additional one-time free bike rental from Blazing Saddles (2 bikes total)
  • Governors Island water bottle

The tax-deductible portion of your donation is $90.

Join for $100.00

Steward Membership


All Family Membership benefits plus:

  • 4 guest passes*
  • Exclusive Access to the Island for morning pre-hours or evening after-hours on select dates
  • Governors Island tote bag, designed by Maptotes

The tax-deductible portion of your donation is $230.

Join for $250.00

Soissons Circle Membership


All Steward Membership benefits, plus:

  • Priority ferry boarding with advance notice
  • Private golf cart tour of the Island (up to three people), led by the Friends’ Executive Director, Merritt Birnbaum**
  • Soissons Picnic Package: Free reserved picnic table for your day of choice, with golf-cart transportation from the ferry landing**
  • Additional Governors Island water bottle and tote bag

The tax-deductible portion of your donation is $460.

Join for $500.00

Admirals Circle Membership


All Soissons Circle Membership benefits, plus:

  • 2 additional guest passes (6 total)*
  • Your name listed on the Governors Island website sponsor page
  • Private insider tour of select Governors Island historic buildings, led by Trust for Governors Island President, Michael Samuelian**
  • Admiral’s Picnic Package: A pre-set picnic lunch for up to 6 people, catered by Island partner, Perfect Picnic**

The tax-deductible portion of your donation is $960.

Join for $1,000.00

Contact us to arrange payment by check.

Please note: For this inaugural year of the program, memberships can only be purchased via the website or on-Island at info kiosks on weekend days. Memberships are not available for purchase at the ferry terminals. Members must present their cards or a printed copy of a membership receipt to ferry terminal security in order to board the ferry for free. Benefits are valid only for the member named on the active member card and are non-transferable.

*Guest passes are for single-use admission

**pre-arrangement required

Membership Partners