Governors Island

Price guide: Free

10 South Street, Slip 7, New York City, New York

Price guide: Free

View of Manhattan from Governors Island. Copyright the Trust for Governors Island.
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Expert overall rating:4.8 out of 5
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Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Couples, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Chilling out, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, Nature / wildlife, Relaxation

Expert review of Governors Island

A relaxing oasis with views of downtown Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty

Once home to the U.S. Army and Coast Guard, a growing number of city dwellers have been heading to Governors Island to take in the magnificent views of the city and avoid the hustle and bustle of the city. Since 2003, New Yorkers head here during the dog days of summer for picnics far from the crowds found in other parks in the city. I love heading here in the summer, renting a bike near the dock and riding in and around the island. The views of downtown Manhattan are spectacular and the Statue of Liberty is so close you can almost grab here. Every July, Veuve Cliquot hosts its Polo Classic. The champagne flows freely and it's a not-to-be-missed event if you're lucky enough to score and invite. 

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The ferry to the island is free and access to most spaces are as well although bike rentals aren't.

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Island, National park / nature reserve, Park / garden
10 South Street, Slip 7, New York City, New York
Months open:
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

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