Discovering NYC Series: What to do on Governors Island, NYC

Discovering NYC Series: What to do on Governors Island, NYC

What was once deemed a place for youngsters to gather for music events, has now turned into a must-see New York City attraction. Governors Island’s rich historical past and incredible views of Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn have gained the attention of both locals as well as travelers visiting the city. From now until October 1, 2017, escape the midtown crowds and plan a day trip to explore Governors Island. Here is everything you need to know to plan your trip:

How to get there:

There are two ferries that will get you to get to the island. If you’re coming from Lower Manhattan, head over to the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street and catch the ferry. The Manhattan ferries run Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm, and Saturday / Sunday from 10am to 7pm. On weekends, you can venture out from Brooklyn and take the ferry direct from Pier 1 right next to Brooklyn Bridge Park. Be sure to check out the ferry schedule as there are times you can even ride for free!

What to do while you’re there:

So. Many. Activities! With over 172 acres, there are infinite things to do. Consider these fun activities:

  • Have a picnic on The Hills—offering breath taking views of Lady Liberty. If you didn’t pack a bite to eat, head over to Liggett Terrace Food Court, offering plenty of scrumptious treats.
  • Slide down Manhattan’s longest slide.
  • Use your Citi Bike pass to ride around the island.
  • Take advantage of Free Bike Mornings with Blazing Saddle Bike Rentals from 10am until noon.
  • Explore the rich history of Fort Jay and Castle Williams.

Events to keep in mind:

While Governors Island is still a popular venue to host concerts for the younger generations, there are also a number of other great events happening throughout the summer. From Family Fun Day on May 28th to the 12th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on June 10 and 11, there’s something for all ages. To see more events, visit their website.

The best part about discovering Governors Island is leaving the hot, humid summer temperatures of Manhattan without truly leaving the city. For more local events and happenings, visit Q&A Residential Hotel’s official blog.