Island Rules and Regulations

To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all visitors, please abide by the following rules:

-All visitors, back packs, packages and vehicles are subject to search.

-Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

-Visitors may bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages to the Island. Grilling is permitted only in designated areas through the Trust’s online reservation system.

-Catch-and-release fishing is permitted for visitors over 16. A valid New York State fishing license is required.

-Governors Island is home to unique historic and natural assets. Entering secured buildings and off-limit areas is not permitted. Do not remove any artifacts or other materials found on the Island.


The following items may not be brought onto Governors Island:

-Alcoholic beverages, marijuana or any illegal substances.

-Explosive, firearms and weapons of any kind.

-Motorized vehicles, including motorized bicycles, scooters, or skateboards.

-Pets or other animals. Service dogs are permitted in accordance with NY State law.

-Drones, except by permit for film and photography purposes.


-Smoking of tobacco, e-cigarettes or other products that produce a vapor or smoke.

-Commercial activity or solicitation.


-Picking flowers or plants.

-Feeding any animals in the park, including birds or squirrels.

The Trust for Governors Island reserves the right to deny access to the Island or require a person to leave the Island if the Trust considers that the circumstances so require.