Governors Island

If you have yet to visit historic Governors Island...well, you should.

The latest in a series throughout the summer highlighting how you can use your MetroCard to enjoy all that New York has to offer brings us to this iconic island 800 yards from Lower Manhattan. Swipe your MetroCard and take the No. 1 train to South Ferry, the No. 4/5 to Bowling Green, the R train to Whitehall Street or the M5, M15, SBS M15, or M20 bus, and then take the Governors Island Ferry from the Battery Maritime Building, Slip 7.

Governor's Island Photo

A free ferry also sails from Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6 off Atlantic Avenue and Columbia Street, on Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays. Take the No. 2, 3, 4, or 5 train to Borough Hall, the A, C, or F train to Jay Street/MetroTech, the R train to Court Street or the B61, B63 bus.

What to do

The National Park Service offers free tours, lectures and historic weapons demonstrations Friday-;Sunday through August 25. Times vary.

The Better than Jam Co-Op offers vendors selling handmade wares at Nolan Park, Historic Home 6B. Fridays 11am-;4pm; Saturday, Sunday 11am-;5pm through September 5.

August Calendar

13th: Volkswagen enthusiasts will enjoy this free exhibition of nearly 100 vintage rides from the '50s through the '70s. Picnic Point ( 10am-;4pm.

13th-14th: Civil War re-enactors commemorate the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War performing weapons demonstrations and lectures at Fort Jay. Saturday the 13th 10am-;4pm, Sunday the 14th 10am-;2pm.

20th-21st: The Jazz Age Lawn Party features dance lessons, a vintage car show, a swimsuit contest and more. Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra perform and the Minsky Sisters will put on a tap-dancing show. ( 11am-;5pm; $10, advance $7, children under 12 free.

27th: Free, public bocce courts ( starting at noon.

26th-;28th: A three-day festival headlined by the Dave Matthews Band Caravan featuring performances from the Roots, Dispatch, Gogol Bordello and others. South Island Fields ( 1pm; $195-;$825.

Governors Island is open Fridays 10am-;5pm, and Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays 10am-;7pm, through September 25. For more information and updates on events, call 212-440-2202 or visit

The MTA's Trip Planner+ can help you find the best way to get there.  For Trip Planner+, click here

Governor's Island Ferry Photo
Governor's Island Photo