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Governors Island National Monument
In New York Harbor, off the coast of Manhattan, in New York City
This 172-acre island was a U.S. Army base from 1783 to 1966, then a Coast Guard base from 1966 to 1996. The monument includes two early 19th-century fortifications: Castle Williams and Fort Jay. From the island, you can see views of Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor. The island is being converted from military to public use and is open to the public by reservation. Its managed in partnership with the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation. A portion of the island (approximately 22 acres) was designated a National Monument in 2001 and transferred to the Park Service on January 31, 2003.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Taking guided tour of forts and historical sections of island. Facilities: Forts. Programs & Events: Ranger-guided tours (Apr.-Oct., reservations required). Tips & Hints: Park is under development. Call park to make tour reservations and get transportation information. Expect to spend 10 minutes on the ferry and about 2 hours on the tour.
FEES & HOURS
Free. Park open by reservation only.
HOW TO GET THERE
Island accessible by ferry from lower Manhattan only. Closest airports: Newark, NJ; JFK and LaGuardia, NY.
Governors Island National Monument (Federal Hall, 26 Wall St., New York, NY 10005, tel. 212/514-8296 information and tour reservations, fax 212/514-8302).
Governors Island National Monument. Basic information for tourists visiting the Governors Island National Monument In New York Harbor, off the coast of Manhattan, in New York City