Governors Island is a 172-acre island in the heart of New York Harbor. Yards away from lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, it's easily accessible by ferry and open to the public during the summer.

2016 Season
May 28th–
September 25th
Getting Here

Governors Island is accessible by ferry every day of the week during the public season.

View Detailed Ferry Schedule

Food and Drink

Visitors are welcome to bring their own food and eat at one of the many picnic tables scattered throughout the Island. Grilling is not permitted. Visitors may not bring alcohol onto the island but can purchase and consume it in designated areas here. A wide range of food vendors can be found at the Island's two food courts.

Services for Non-English Speakers

Governors Island welcomes all New Yorkers. A printed calendar of events at the Island is available in Chinese, Russian and Spanish. The guides are also available at the welcome tables at the Governors Island Alliance tents.


Indoor restrooms are located in the Battery Maritime Building in Manhattan, Pier 6 in Brooklyn and Building 110 on Governors Island. There are portable toilets available at multiple locations on the island and trailer bathrooms at the west end of Ligget Terrace.


All ferries going to and from Governors Island, as well as the grounds of the island itself, are accessible to those in wheelchairs. Not all buildings on the island are wheelchair-accessible. Building 110, located next to Soissons Landing, is wheelchair accessible. Wheelchair-accessible portable toilets are located throughout the grounds.

Rules and Regulations

The rules below apply to all areas of Governors Island.

  • No smoking.
  • Pets are not permitted unless they are working dogs with proper permits and documentation.
  • Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Catch-and-release fishing is permitted on the Island, but all visitors over 16 must have a valid New York State fishing license.
  • All visitors and packages are subject to search.
  • The Trust reserves the right to deny access to the Island at its discretion.