To help slow the spread of COVID-19, Governors Island’s 2020 public opening has been delayed. Learn more about our COVID-19 response.

Visitor Info

COVID-19 2020 Public Season Information

Due to the impacts of COVID-19 and guidance from Federal, State and Local Authorities, Governors Island's planned May 1 opening will be delayed until further notice. The health and safety of our visitors, staff, tenants, vendors and community of cultural organizations is our top priority, and we are committed to supporting the City’s efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. We look forward to soon announcing when we will be able to welcome you back to the Island this year.

The Island is continuously responding to the latest guidelines and has already implemented the following measures:

  • Limiting access to Governors Island to essential staff and tenants only
  • Educating our staff, volunteers, and programming partners on preventative measures and social distancing in line with recommendations by the Center for Disease Control and the New York City Department of Health
  • Dramatically increasing cleaning protocols in common areas

Though closed to the public, we are looking to find new ways to connect New Yorkers to Governors Island’s rich history, waterfront ecology, innovative landscapes and diverse art and culture, starting with virtual programming over these next few weeks. Please explore our website or follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, where we’ll be sharing daily bloom photos and digital resources to stay connected.

We will update this page with any new developments over the coming weeks. We look forward to seeing you on the ferry soon.

See a message from Clare Newman, President and CEO of the Trust for Governors Island.

Overview

Governors Island is a 172-acre island in the heart of New York Harbor nestled between Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn waterfront. Eight minutes from the energy and excitement of the City, the Island is a popular seasonal destination. An award-winning new park is complemented by dozens of unique historic buildings, environmental educational facilities, a rich arts and culture program and a 22-acre National Monument managed by the National Park Service. Unlike anywhere else in New York, Governors Island offers peaceful settings with sweeping views of the Harbor, Lower Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty. Looking ahead, the Island will be activated year-round with expanded educational, commercial and non-profit uses.

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 except at designated Grilling Stations that can be reserved here. 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 throughout the Island.

Hours are weather dependent and are subject to change.

Services for Non-English Speakers

Governors Island welcomes all New Yorkers. Events on our website can be translated via Google Translate. Visitor maps are available for download in Chinese, Russian, Spanish and French.

Visitor Guides are available for download in Chinese, Russian, Spanish and French.

Restrooms

Indoor restrooms are located at 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 Liggett Terrace and near Slide Hill.

Please note that public restrooms at the Battery Maritime Building in Manhattan are temporarily closed during construction.

Accessibility

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.

Welcome Centers

Get yourself oriented and learn about Governors Island at our Welcome Centers at Soissons Landing and Yankee Pier. Our Visitor Services team is on hand all season long to answer your questions, give directions and welcome you to our shore. You can pick up a visitor guide and grab souvenirs or Island essentials. Wednesdays through Sundays, meet at the Soissons Landing Welcome Center for guided tours of the Island.