“We are thrilled to be able to open Governors Island for its full, six-month public season again this year,” said Clare Newman, president and CEO of the Trust for Governors Island. “As the City reopens, Governors Island will provide an affordable destination for New Yorkers to enjoy open space, arts and culture, and everything that makes it such a remarkable place.”
In addition to daily Manhattan ferry service, for the first time Governors Island ferries will serve two Brooklyn locations for weekend service at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park and Atlantic Basin in Red Hook, allowing easy access to the island.
“Governors Island is the kind of beautiful, open public space that we will rely on to drive our recovery this spring and summer,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “I’m grateful to the trust for making the Island more accessible than ever this year, and the return of their full season will give more New Yorkers than ever a chance to enjoy everything the island has to offer.”
On Governors Island, New Yorkers can enjoy open space and car-free natural surroundings, unmatched views of New York Harbor and surrounding skylines, historic settings, dozens of free public art exhibitions, cultural programs and activities, and a diverse selection of food and beverage vendors.
“The reopening of Governors Island is one of New York’s great rites of spring,” said State Senator Brian Kavanagh. “This past year, we have been more aware than ever of just how important public open space is for New Yorkers.”
Governors Island will be open daily between May 1 and October 31 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends and holiday Mondays including Memorial Day, July 5, Labor Day, and Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Governors Island ferries will run daily between the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street in Manhattan and Soissons Landing on the Island.
The ferries from Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park and Atlantic Basin in Red Hook will run directly to Governors Island from each location every Saturday, Sunday, and holiday Monday all season long.
Visitors must reserve ferry tickets in advance of their trip to Governors Island, and face coverings are required. Tickets will be available soon through an online reservation system at govisland.org.
Round-trip ferry tickets will cost $3 for adults. Governors Island ferries are always free for children 12 and under, seniors 65 and up, residents of NYCHA, IDNYC holders, current and former military service members and Governors Island members.
Ferries before noon on Saturdays and Sundays are free for all. There is no surcharge for bicycles or strollers at any time.
The trust will also offer waived fares for non-profit community-based organizations, youth camps, and senior centers throughout New York City. To inquire about group visits, organizations may email email@example.com.
Over two dozen arts, culture and education organizations will utilize space inside the historic houses of Nolan Park and Colonels Row this year to present a robust slate of ongoing free public programs, host artist residencies, engage visitors in special activities for all ages, and more.
Ongoing public programs will include indoor and outdoor exhibitions, installations and interactive exhibits.
The Urban Farm, home to GrowNYC’s Teaching Garden and Earth Matter NY’s Compost Learning Center and Soil Start Farm will also be open weekends from noon to 4 p.m. Participating organizations are listed at govisland.org/things-to-do and programming schedules will be available soon.