Help Governors Island grow

Become a Member or Join the Leaders Circle

Help us keep Governors Island vibrant. Become a member today!

Members get great perks like free ferry rides, invitations to members-only events, discounts on activities like Blazing Saddles and AdventuresGI and at Island eateries like Little Eva’s, Taco Vista, Island Oyster and more.

Annual Membership Levels & Benefits

Friend Membership

$50

  • 1 membership card
  • Season-long free ferry rides
  • Discounted bike rentals from Blazing Saddles
  • Admission to free members-only events like our summer happy hour series on June 14, July 12 and August 9
  • Special discounts from select Island vendors, like Island Oyster, Taco Vista and more
  • Discount on Jazz Age Lawn Party tickets
  • Subscription to Governors Island Members E-Newsletter
  • 15% discount at the Welcome Center stores

*Students and Seniors eligible for 20% discount on Friend Memberships purchased on-Island at our Welcome Center, with valid ID.

Join or renew for $50

Supporter Membership

$100

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

  • Free ferry rides for up to two additional guests per visit
  • Governors Island water bottle (new members only)
Join or renew for $100

Steward Membership with Early Hours

$250

All Supporter Membership benefits, plus:

  • Free ferry rides for up to four additional guests per visit
  • Early Hours: Enjoy the Island starting at 9am on weekends, June - August (Early Hours ferries depart from the Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan)
  • Governors Island tote bag (new members only)
Join or renew for $250

Partner Membership with Early Hours

$500

All Steward Membership benefits, plus:

  • Early Hours: Enjoy the Island starting at 9am on weekends, June - August (Early Hours ferries depart from the Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan)
  • One complimentary ticket to our annual Sunset Soirée cocktail party on June 4
  • Additional Governors Island water bottle and tote bag (new members only)
Join or renew for $500

Leaders Circle Navigator

$1,000

As part of the Leaders Circle, Navigators enjoy exclusive access to the Island and Island leadership with invitations to behind-the-scenes tours and unique events.

The Navigator level includes all Partner Membership benefits, plus those exclusive to Leaders Circle:

  • Reserved area (with your own Governors Island picnic blanket) at our Film Nights on June 14, July 12 and August 9
  • Early Hours: Enjoy the Island starting at 9am on weekends, June - August (Early Hours ferries depart from the Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan)
  • Free ferry rides for up to eight additional guests per visit
  • Additional ticket to our annual Sunset Soirée cocktail party on June 4 (2 tickets total)
  • Private golf cart tour with Friends Executive Director, Merritt Birnbaum, and catered picnic
  • Monthly Leaders Circle happy hour
  • Name listing on website and annual report
Join or renew for $1,000

Leaders Circle Discoverer

$2,500

As part of the Leaders Circle, Discoverers enjoy exclusive access to the Island and Island leadership with invitations to behind-the-scenes tours and unique events.

The Discoverer level includes all Navigator benefits, plus:

  • Early Hours: Enjoy the Island starting at 9am on weekends, June - August (Early Hours ferries depart from the Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan)
  • Private building tour with Trust for Governors Island leadership
  • Two complimentary Jazz Age Lawn Party tickets
  • Two complimentary Vendy Awards tickets
  • Complimentary Supporter ($100) membership for a friend
  • Private party for you and five friends at Taco Vista
  • Access to the Island during the winter months (pre-arrangement required)
Join or renew for $2,500

Contact us to arrange payment by check.


Please note: Memberships can be purchased via the govisland.org website or on-Island at the Welcome Center near the Manhattan and Brooklyn ferry landings. 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.