Just a 7-minute ferry ride from Manhattan or Brooklyn to the oldest European Settlement in New York known as Governors Island!
Governors Island is a 172 acre island in the heart of New York Harbor. It’s only 800 yards from Lower Manhattan. It is a world unto itself, unique and full of promise. It’s open only during the months of summers, so we went there the past weekend. First trip to this beautiful island which is just a $2 ferry ride away from south street pier!
Commute: The island is pretty small, so you could just walk around or if the scorching sun is your concern, then you can rent a bike/tandem or take a Citi Bike or take your own bike on the ferry!
Food: Liggett Terrace Food Court and King Avenue Food Court showcase a number of food truck and cart vendors that serve a variety of food, from burgers and ice cream to jerk chicken and empanadas! There are a lot of picnic tables and green lawns all over the Island, to have a small potluck/picnic – that’s my plan for the next visit there. They even have some grills installed on the island, however you need to apply for a permit to use them – which is a bit daunting – so no grill for me 😉
Sightseeing: Governors Island offers unparalleled views of the Statue of Liberty, Lower Manhattan skyline, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Brooklyn waterfront. The Hills, which opened recently on the island is a great place to enjoy some views! They offer lush rolling landscapes, grassy overlooks, exhilarating slides and unforgettable views. My favorite is the Outlook Hill, which provides unparalleled, 360-degree views of the Statue of Liberty, New York harbor, and city skyline ~ mind blowing is the word 🙂
For the history buffs, Castle Williams and Fort Jay are the places to be! There are scheduled tours to learn more about the best-preserved circular fortification in the nation. I was really impressed by the way that these forts have been preserved – they look brand new, as if they were constructed just yesterday.
GrowNYC’s Teaching Garden is an 8,000 square ft urban farm that aims to engage, excite, and educate the public in all aspects of urban agriculture and green infrastructure through workshops and family appropriate activities. They have 30 vegetable and fruit beds made from recycled plastic lumber! And if that’s not enough they have NYC’s largest solar cooker!!!
The island is a great place to have a one day outing away the hustle bustle of the city enjoying a quiet (ok maybe, loud) lunch, playing some mini golf, cooling off in the fountains (yes, I know we really need that this summer) or just lazing around. It’s open only till the last weekend of September, so go-go-go! 😉