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 from May 1-October 31.

2019 Season
May 1st–
October 31st
Saturday & Sunday
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 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.


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.


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.

Soissons Landing:

Wednesdays-Fridays 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Walking tours depart at 11:30 AM

Saturdays & Sundays 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Walking tours depart at 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM & 3:30 PM

Yankee Pier:
Saturdays & Sundays 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM