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Governors Island Set to Reopen on July 15

Governors Island Set to Reopen on July 15

The iconic Governors Island is starting its 2020 season on Wednesday. Here’s what you need to know.

Governors Island will reopen for the summer on Wednesday, July 15 with limited access to the public to promote safety and limit capacity. Originally scheduled to open for the season on May 1, the island delayed its opening to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The island will be open Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm, and Saturday-Sunday, 10am-7pm.

Governors Island is making several changes to keep visitors safe and keep capacity to the government-regulated percentage. For the first time, you can reserve ferry tickets to the island online, and a limited number of tickets will be available for in-person purchase at the ferry terminal.

“While the season was cut short by the pandemic, the Trust has worked around the clock to increase access to the Island for those hardest hit,” Alicia Glen, chair of the Trust for Governors Island, said in a press release. “I look forward to enjoying the views from the Island’s fabulous outdoor dining spots.”

And while not all of Governors Island’s family-friendly activities are on offer this summer, visitors can take advantage of opportunities to safely spend quality time walking, viewing public art, taking in the wonderful views that NYC has to offer, and other passive recreation activities. This includes hiking, walking, running, biking, and birding. Hammock Grove Play area and Slide Hill’s amenities will also be open at this time, and the Urban Farm will be open for tours on the weekends. Visitors can rent bikes through Blazing Saddles and Citi Bike. If you’re an early riser, you can book a free hour rental from Blazing Saddles on weekdays before 12pm.

The ball fields are still closed to the public, there will be no massive outdoor events through at least Aug. 1, and indoor events are postponed until at least the end of August.

Food vendors will still serve visitors this summer with a wide variety of options, from tacos to seafood. All vendors will follow the food service guidelines to ensure they are serving food in the healthiest manor possible.

In addition, Governors Island is making strong efforts to keep the park clean. There will be hand-sanitizing and -washing stations throughout the island, while all indoor areas (ferries, restrooms) and frequently used areas (ATMs, bike rentals) will be disinfected regularly.

Round-trip ferry tickets are $3 for adults, while tickets are free for children 12 and younger, IDNYC holders, military members (current and former), New York City Housing Authority residents, and seniors ages 65 and older. Ferries will leave the city from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South St. in Manhattan. In Brooklyn, the ferry service starts on July 18 and they will depart from the Atlantic Basin/Red Hook instead of the Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6. Visitors must wear masks on ferries at all times. At the park, masks must be worn when social distancing is not possible.

Governors Island is still offering online services if you are either sick or not comfortable traveling at this time. Visit to check out Governors Island at Home to learn more about the park.


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