Governors Island is open! (Here’s how to get there)

Governors Island is open! (Here’s how to get there)

Over the past 10 years, Governors Island as become a great part of summer in New York City, a whimsical island full of culture, music, and food. If you made it last summer, you got to climb & slide down The Hills.

This year, the season has started even earlier! For the first time ever, the island opened on May 1 and will stay open until October 1st. The island is open Monday-Friday 10 AM - 6 PM and Saturday-Sunday from 10 AM - 7 PM.

On the weekends, it will be easier than ever to get there from Brooklyn.

During May, due to ongoing construction, the Governor’s Island Ferry to Brooklyn will depart from Pier 1 at Brooklyn Bridge Park instead of Pier 6 due to ongoing construction. Service is expected to return to Pier 6 in June. The first two ferries of the day are free. After that it’s $2 each way.Check ferry schedules and the latest updates here.

The new “NYC Ferry” service will also stop at Governor’s Island on summer weekends, via both the East River Route (starting this weekend, with a stop at Pier 1) and the South Brooklyn Summer Route (starting on June 3rd, with stops at Pier 6 and Red Hook’s Atlantic Basin). Rides are $2.75. Routes and schedules here.  

We’ve worked hard to increase service, with more ferries on days with big concerts and events (so you don’t get stuck in long lines waiting to get off the island), and by making sure Governors Island was in the NYC Ferry plan. As the island continues to grow, with more daily offerings, I will keep pushing to get weekday service from Brooklyn as well.

As always, Governors Island will have bike rentals, food trucks, hammocks, play fountains, teaching gardens, sight seeing, arts, and more. Kicking off this weekend, you’ll find a Children’s Book Weekend at Nolan Park and a Holi Hai Spring Color Festival at the Ball Fields. Later this month, on May 28th, Governors Island will have their annual Family Fun Day celebration with all performances and activities are family-friendly and free to the public.

Check out their full summer schedule here.

See you on the island!

Brad

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