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Governors Island is now open to the public year-round, every day from 7am-6pm. Ferries run daily from Manhattan, click here to view an updated ferry schedule.

Governors Island is now open to the public year-round, every day from 7am-6pm. Ferries run daily from Manhattan, click here to view an updated ferry schedule.


Governors Island is open to the public year-round, and is accessible only by ferry.

  • Ferries run from The Battery Maritime Building, located at 10 South Street in Lower Manhattan, seven days a week.
  • The Trust for Governors Island and NYCEDC recently announced that NYC Ferry will serve Governors Island daily via the South Brooklyn route later this year. A launch date for this expanded service will be announced soon. Please stay tuned and check back for more information.
  • Governors Island weekend ferry service from Brooklyn (Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park and Atlantic Basin in Red Hook) is currently not in service and will return in Spring, 2022.

To reserve a ferry ticket, please click here.

Winter Season Updates

Governors Island's award-winning park is open to the public, along with restrooms, recreation activities like bike rentals and The Hills, Picnic Point and more. Grill and athletic field reservations are available through Thanksgiving, click here to reserve. Several food and beverage vendors are open, click here for more information. The programming season for Organizations in Residence in Nolan Park and Colonels Row closed on October 31, 2021, and will return in Spring, 2022. Governors Island National Monument is currently closed for the winter. Click here for a full list of Things to Do.

Health & Safety Protocols

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.

For the health and safety of all, The Trust for Governors Island is implementing the following protocols in accordance with local, state and federal guidelines:

  • Ticket reservations to Governors Island are required to manage capacity and ensure social distancing on ferries. Click here to reserve tickets.
  • Face coverings are required on Governors Island ferries, and in any indoor spaces on the Island.
  • In accordance with the Key to NYC Executive Order, indoor spaces offering public programs and galleries on Governors Island require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter. Proof can include a photo or hard copy of your CDC vaccination card, the NYC COVID Safe App, the Excelsior Pass or another official vaccine record for approved vaccines. Children younger than 12 years old (not currently eligible for vaccination) must be accompanied by a vaccinated person. Please note, the Key to NYC policy only applies when entering indoor spaces on Governors Island.
  • Increased cleaning procedures and schedules are in place for all restrooms, aboard ferries, and in high-touch, high-traffic areas across the Island.
  • Enhanced health and safety protocols are in place for all food and drink vending locations.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available.
  • Gatherings and events will be limited based on the latest local, state and federal guidelines. All events will require a permit.

Read about how our visitors can help slow the spread of COVID-19 while on Governors Island in Chinese, Russian, French and Spanish.

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Getting Here

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

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. Visitors may not bring alcohol onto the island but can purchase on-Island and consume it in designated areas. Click here for a current list of food vendors on Governors Island. Hours are weather dependent and are subject to change.

Services for Non-English Speakers

Governors Island's website can be translated via Google Translate. Visitor maps are available in Chinese, Russian, French and Spanish. Visitor Guides are available for download in Chinese, Russian, Spanish and French.


Indoor restrooms are located inside the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Arts Center at Governors Island near Soissons Landing. Trailer restrooms are available at Yankee Pier, the west end of Liggett Terrace and near Slide Hill. Hand sanitizing stations are also available across the Island. Increased cleaning procedures and schedules will be implemented for all amenities.


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

The Welcome Center at Soissons Landing will be open Saturdays and Sundays for visitors to get directions and pick up a complimentary face covering from a Visitor Services team member.

Guided Tours

Free, one-hour walking tours of the Island led by Friends of Governors Island volunteer tour guides begin at the Welcome Center at Soissons Landing. All tours are weather permitting and have a limited capacity of 10 individuals max on a first-come, first-served basis. Tours leave from Soissons Landing at 11:00AM, 1:00PM and 3:00PM on Saturdays and Sundays.

Zero Waste Island

The Trust for Governors Island continues its dedication to environmental stewardship through its Zero Waste Island initiative. In partnership with Earth Matter NY, Inc. the Trust aims to reduce the amount of waste from the Island going to landfills by:

  • Ensuring all recycling stations on the Island include a color-coded, clearly labeled compost bin.
  • Mandating that serviceware from all vendors and events on the Island is compostable.
  • Composting all organics collected on the Island at Earth Matter’s Compost Learning Center and returning the finished product to the Island’s landscapes.
  • Prohibiting plastic straws, plastic bags, and Styrofoam.
  • Creating a community of Island tenants, partners, vendors and events that are committed to composting and recycling.

Visitors can participate in the Zero Waste Initiative by practicing “Think Before You Throw” when putting waste in a bin, and can appreciate the results by enjoying the Island’s vibrant landscapes that thrive on nutrients from Island-made compost.

Group Visits

Groups visiting Governors Island are encouraged to limit themselves to 40 individuals or fewer. Those wishing to visit with more than 40 people are requested to email groupvisits@govisland.org at least two weeks in advance of their visit.

The Trust for Governors Island offers special waived fares for non-profit community-based organizations, youth camps, and senior centers throughout New York City, subject to availability. To inquire about special group visits, organizations may email groupvisits@govisland.org at least two weeks in advance of their requested visit date.