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Governors Island Tour & Potluck Picnic: Friends & Family Event

  • Sunday, June 05, 2022
  • 11:30 AM
  • Soissons Landing (for tour); The Oval (for picnic)


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Governors Island, Image courtesy of the Trust for Governors Island | Photo by Julienne Schaer

Join us for a memorable outing to Governors Island for a historic walking tour of New York City’s hidden gem. Governors Island is a 172-acre island in the heart of New York Harbor. The Trust for Governors Island will lead us on an hour-long walking tour around the past, present and future, exploring the historic North Island and new, climate-resilient park on the South Island. Following the walking tour, guests are invited to a potluck picnic located at The Oval of the park (see map below for details). 

Please arrive as early as 11:30AM to drop off potluck items at The Oval. The start of the tour leaving from Soissons Landing (the drop-off point for the Manhattan ferry leaving from 10 South St.) is at 12:00PM.

If you miss the tour, simply meet us for a delicious lunch at the picnic spot! Let us know what you’ll contribute to the potluck picnic: sign-up sheet here

What to bring: comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, food and/or drinks to share (please use sign-up sheet here), beach towel or picnic blanket, and friends!

This is an open event, so please let us know if you'll bring guests!

Please contact programming@nycarchivists.org with any questions or for more information.

Getting to Governors Island

Schedule for Free Ferry Rides (tickets required):

  • From Manhattan (Battery Maritime Building, 10 South Street): 11:00AM or 11:30AM
  • From Red Hook (corner of Pioneer St. and Conover St.): 10:45AM
  • From Brooklyn Bridge Park (Pier 6): 11:15AM

Ferry tickets can be reserved online at govisland.org/ferry. Trust-operated ferries leave daily from the Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan, and weekends from Red Hook/Atlantic Basin and Brooklyn Bridge Park/Pier 6 from May 7-September 25. A round-trip ticket is $4 for adults and free for seniors, children under 12, IDNYC holders, NYCHA residents, former and active military service members, Governors Island members, and for everyone on weekends before 12:00PM. NYC Ferry provides additional service to Governors Island, schedules and routes can be found at ferry.nyc.

Visitor Map of Governors Island

About Governors Island: Governors Island is just minutes from Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn waterfront by ferry, the Island is a popular year-round destination for New Yorkers and visitors from around the world. An award-winning park complements its dozens of historic buildings, year-round educational and cultural facilities, rich arts and culture program and 22-acre National Monument managed by the National Park Service. 

About The Trust for Governors Island: The Trust for Governors Island is the 501(c)3 non-profit organization created by the City of New York responsible for the planning, operations, and ongoing development of Governors Island. The Trust’s mission is to realize the full potential of Governors Island for the inspiration and enjoyment of all New Yorkers, demonstrating a bold vision for public space.

Questions? communications@nycarchivists.org

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