Located in the heart of the New York Harbor, is a whole ‘other world’ called Governor’s Island. Formerly a military base and home to the Coast Guard the island, is open to the public every Saturday, Sunday and Holiday Money through September 29, 2014 from 10 am to 7pm. From Wednesday through Friday the island is closed, however the National Park Service provides guided access through tours and interactive programs.
With several events including races, festivals tours and concerts happening every weekend, there is always something to do at Governor’s Island. For history buffs the island is also home to three historical forts, of which two are now National Monuments. Castle Williams, a circular fort built in 1811 and Fort Jay the oldest fort on the island built in 1796, are both open to the public.
Boasting fantastic views of the statue of liberty and the lower Manhattan skyline, the island is the perfect place for an afternoon stroll. The 172-acre island just ½ a mile from the southern tip of the Manhattan shoreline provides visitors with an oasis that leaves people feeling as though they have been transported to a place far away from the hustle and bustle of the Manhattan streets.
The Island is reachable via a short, free ferry ride, departing from several locations in the city. To find out more information on visiting Governor’s Island and event schedules, visit www.govisland.com.