Explore the fascinating history of the island at the southern tip of Manhattan on our Hidden Gems of Governors Island walking tour! The history of Governors Island spans from the days of early European explorers, through Dutch colonial times, into the twentieth century and to the present day. This expert-led tour will guide you through the various phases of Governors Island’s history while unveiling its secrets too.

Not only does Governors Island have a fascinating geological and cultural history, but it also has an extensive military history as well. Guests will visit the National Monument, Fort Jay, Nolan Park, and the former houses of commanding officers. Castle Williams, a fort from the War of 1812 that also served as a Confederate prison, is another stop on the list.

Castle Williams on Governors Island

The Southern portion of Governors Island is constructed of landfill from the Lexington Avenue Subway, making it newer than the rest of the Island. Here you will see a park of today and tomorrow, one that exemplifies the possibilities for a decommissioned military base turned gorgeous urban oasis. Guest will take the flower-lined paths built by the Trust for Governors Island up through the Hills, passing by playgrounds and hammocks in a lush natural setting right next to the greatest city in the world. The hills offer some of the best views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty and are the perfect place to reflect on the past, present, and future of Governors Island.

Steps on The Hills at Governors Island

All of Untapped New York’s upcoming in-person experiences will adhere to our new health and safety measures to ensure everyone has a fun and safe tour. The first Hidden Gems of Governors Island tour will run on Saturday, September 5th. Purchase your tickets below!