Governors Island is a unique, can’t-miss destination located right in the heart of New York Harbor. It has a wide variety of restaurants and activities to keep visitors entertained and well-fed while enjoying the magnificent view of lower Manhattan, a mere 800 yards away. If you like, bring your own picnic, and enjoy the picnic tables available for visitors.
Activities Abound on Governors Island
Venturing to Governors Island promises a mix of events not found anywhere else.
Escaping Time: Art from US Prisons
Fridays through Sundays until September 24, 2017, gain a special insight of life behind prison walls, with a display of artwork created by prisoners.
The Battle for the Ballot: The Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in New York
This exhibit, offered by the New York Historical Society, is a new presentation that includes reproductions of historic artifacts and artworks that recount the movement of women’s suffrage from the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, to the multitude of protests and parades that eventually won the right to vote for women in 1917. The exhibit is available to the public Saturdays and Sundays through October 1, 2017.
Christodora: Nature, Learning, Leadership
Saturdays through September 9, 2017, young people can take advantage of this program that opens the world of nature and their role within it, in an outdoor environment conducive to a pleasant learning experience.
NYC Audubon Summer Residency
Daily through October 1, 2017, the whole family can enjoy the NYC Audubon program. Activities offered include free bird walks, crafts for kids, family-friendly nature programs, and a story time gathering. Learn about the wildlife in the NYC area from the Audubon naturalists.
There are many more activities available throughout the Summer and Fall seasons on Governors Island for every interest.
Getting to Governors Island
Getting to Governors Island is easy, and an adventure in its own right. Just take a short ride on the Governors Island Ferry from lower Manhattan. Ferries are available from Manhattan or Brooklyn for the scenic ride to the island throughout the season.
Whenever your travel plans take you to Governors Island, plan to stay with us at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel. Our 288 modern and comfortable guest rooms cater to every need of family and business travelers, including such amenities as free WiFi, outdoor swimming pool and sundeck, and a state-of-the-art lobby with convenient spaces for work and gathering and our on-site restaurant, Aileron Bar & Grill.