Governors Island National Monument

Lower Manhattan’s Governors Island became a colonial militia base in 1755. At least four different nations saw value in controlling this New York harbor island. The Lenape and Dutch saw it as a valuable trading base while the British valued its strategic position. George Washington and his troops tried to wrestle it away from the British in 1776, but they failed. America finally got control of the island following the American Revolution and used it as a military base until 1996. 

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Governors Island National Monument

Walk around the outside of Castle Williams, which soldiers erected between 1806 and 1811. Then, from this location on the western part of the island, head to the north to see the earthworks at Fort Jay, which soldiers built in 1775. Study the different trees and plants as you stroll around this island. 

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How To Get To Governors Island National Monument

It is easy to get to Governors Island National Monument by taking the ferry from the Battery Maritime Building. If you are at the Empire State Building, then head southwest on 5th Avenue. Turn left on East 30th Street. Turn right to merge onto FDR Drive. Get off at Exit 1 and follow the signs towards West Street and merge onto South Street. Make a slight left to get to the Battery Maritime Building. You can also catch the ferry at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park or Atlantic Basin in Red Hook on weekends. 


Battery Maritime Building, Slip 5, 10 South Street, New York, New York 10005

Fee: Entry fee $0

Governors Island was home to one of the longest-used military establishments in the United States. Take the ferry from Battery Park to reach this island. After exploring the island, hop on the ferry to get back to New York City, where you can have lots of adventures. There are fantastic places to go hiking in the New York City area, including Central Park. There are also fun museums to explore. Additionally, there are lovely places to shop and dine that are unique. The best way to explore New York City is in your RV. If you do not have an RV, then rent one from RVshare.