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Governors Island will be open until 7 PM on Monday, October 14 with Manhattan and Brooklyn ferries will running on a weekend schedule.

Governors Island will be open until 7 PM on Monday, October 14 with Manhattan and Brooklyn ferries will running on a weekend schedule.

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.

Prohibited Items

The following items may not be brought onto Governors Island:

  • Alcoholic beverages, marijuana or any illegal substances.
  • Explosives, 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.

Prohibited Activities

  • Smoking of tobacco, e-cigarettes or other products that produce a vapor or smoke.
  • Commercial activity or solicitation.
  • Littering.
  • 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.