Named Governors Island in 1784, the island was used for the U.S. military for years after. It functioned as a prison for captured Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War, and was a base for the Army and air forces during World War I and II. Now, the Island is a hotspot for tourists and families to visit during the summer. This year Governors Island will be open 7 days a week!
This year’s transformation on the Island includes an addition of 30 acres that made it possible to add Hammock Grove and Play Lawn!
Take a walk through Hammock Grove this summer! Landscaping 1,500 trees, there will be enough shade to keep you from the hot sun. Feeling a bit tired, no worries! Hammock Grove also includes 50 red hammocks to relax on!
Play Lawn is another new addition to Governors Island introducing two new ball fields that are open to the public and plenty of room for your children to run and play. Not to mention, a superb view of the Statue of Liberty!
Thanks to Figment Arts, Governors Island is the only free mini-golf course in New York City. Each year they choose a different artist to design the course, this year’s theme is, “New York City Now.”
Interactive Sculpture Garden
You and your family can explore the interactive sculptures brought to you by Figment Arts NYC. Each piece of work offers something different. For instance, write alongside others on “Achilles” (a giant giraffe) your future plans or watch as the “Traffic Play” lights change colors and create sounds.
Returning for it’s fourth year in a row is the Treehouse! The Treehouse offers a place for you and your families to play, explore, and admire beautiful works of art. Artists’ murals were selected to decorate this year’s Treehouse.
Tour Castle Williams
Castle Williams once held prisoners during the Civil War and various times throughout the beginning of the 20th century. Now, you can tour the structure with your family!
Governors Island also hosts special events throughout the summer! Check out the calendar to plan a trip today!