Governors Island Tour

The Hidden Gems of Governors Island

Explore the fascinating history of this island at the southern tip of Manhattan while uncovering many of its secrets!

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Tour Length

2 hours

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The history of Governors Island spans from the days of early European explorers, through Dutch colonial times and the twentieth century to the present day. The extensive military history of the site will be revealed while visiting the National Monument, Fort Jay, Nolan Park and the former houses of commanding officers along with Castle Williams which was built as a fort for the war of 1812 and also served as a confederate prison. The Southern portion of Governors Island is constructed of landfill from the Lexington Avenue Subway and therefore newer than the rest of the Island. Here you will see a park of today and tomorrow and what the possibilities are for a decommissioned military base turned to a gorgeous urban oasis. Take the flower lined paths built by the Trust for Governors Island on your way to the Hills, passing by playgrounds and hammocks while in a lush natural setting right next to the greatest city in the world. The hills was created from the landfill of demolished military housing and offer some of the best views of Manhattan, of the Statue of Liberty and are the perfect place to reflect on the past, present, and future of Governors Island.

Your tickets to this tour include round trip ferry tickets from Manhattan.

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  • Discover the islands history, from Henry Hudson and Dutch settlement to the French and Indian War to Frank Sinatra!
  • Learn about colonial and native archaeology
  • Explore the Hills! Designed by a Dutch firm in 2016 they provide sweeping views of New York City and its harbor
  • Mandy is the best Governors Island guide! We learned many of Governors Island secrets and had a great afternoon, thank you!


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Governors Island ferry dock

Know Before You Go

Where To Meet
The group meets outside the main entrance to The Battery Maritime Building, 10 South Street, New York, NY 10005

How To Get There
By NYC Ferry from Manhattan: board the ferry from The Battery Maritime Building, located at 10 South Street, New York, NY 10004
By NYC Ferry from Brooklyn: board the ferry from the Red Hook/Atlantic Basin, located at the intersection of Pioneer Street and Conover Street (weekends only). Please check the ferry schedule as it may change.

What To Bring/Wear
Please bring a mask and wear it at all time while on the tour. If you are medically unable to wear a mask, please bring and wear a face covering shield. Thank you!

COVID-19 Safety Measures
All of our guides have been specifically trained on how to safely conduct walking tours in the current health crisis. This includes wearing a mask, social distancing and much more. Learn more here:

Frequently Asked Questions

How large is the group?

We only accept up to 10 guests on this walking tour. This ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time on our tour

How are you keeping people safe during the pandemic?

The safety of our guides and guests is our number one priority. Learn more about our Health and Safety Measures here:

Is this a strenuous tour? How much walking do we do?

This tour is easy and most people can participate. We will walk approximately 1 mile on a flat terrain.

Is there an age limit or recommendation?

There is no age limitation, guests of every age are welcome on this tour

Who will be our tour guide?

Your tour will be led by our guide Mandy who used to be a Parks Ranger on the island! Mandy is very passionate about Governors Island and knows all of its secrets!

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