Governors Island Set to Open for the Summer on May 1
The iconic Governors Island is starting its 2021 season on Saturday, May 1. Here’s what you need to know.
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How is Governors Island keeping visitors safe from COVID-19?
Governors Island's 2020 health, safety, and social distancing protocols will remain in place to keep everyone safe this summer. This includes:
- Mandatory ticket reservations to manage capacity and ensure social distancing on ferries
- Face coverings must be worn while queuing, boarding, riding, and disembarking Governors Island ferries, and on the island whenever social distancing is not possible
- Maintaining social distancing of at least 6 feet between groups
- Increased cleaning for all restrooms, ferries, and in high-touch, high-traffic areas across the island
- Enhanced health and safety protocols for all food and drink vending locations
- Hand sanitizer and hand washing stations located across the island
- In-person tours are cancelled for the time being
- For Jay and Castle Williams are temporarily closed
- The Welcome Center will be closed, but Visitor Services Staff will be available across the island
- Groups are encouraged to limit themselves to 20 individuals
What can I do on Governors Island?
Families who visit Governors Island can take advantage of a variety of outdoor fun, including:
- 7 miles of car-free bike paths
- Parents can relax in Hammock Grove while the kids have fun on the play structures nearby
- Slide Hill, featuring 4 slides (including a 3-story tall one!)
- Kids can build, explore, play, imagine, and destroy in The Yard (open weekends, 12-4pm), a play:groundNYC space just for ages 6-18
- A limited calendar of socially distanced outdoor events
- A variety of ongoing arts, education, and cultural programs
- Bring a picnic or buy lunch from one of the food vendors on the island, including Island Oyster, Taco Vista, Joe Coffee, Fauzia’s Heavenly Delights, Little Eva’s, Kimchi Taco Truck, Makina Café, Melt Bakery, People’s Pops, Terry & Yaki, Threes Brewing & The Meat Hook, Pizza Yard, and Sea Biscuit.
Information About Visiting Governors Island
How do I get to Governors Island?
Round-trip ferries to Governors Island leave from 3 locations:
- The Battery Maritime Building, 10 South St., Lower Manhattan: daily
- Atlantic Basin in Red Hook, Brooklyn: weekends and holidays
- Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park: weekends and holidays
How much does the Governors Island ferry cost?
Round-trip ferry tickets are $3 for ages 13 and older and free for children ages 12 and younger, IDNYC holders, military members (current and former), New York City Housing Authority residents, and seniors ages 65 and older. Ferries before 12pm on Saturdays and Sundays are free for all passengers.
Governors Island is still offering online services if you are either sick or not comfortable traveling at this time. Visit govisland.com to check out Governors Island at Home to learn more about the park.