I was born and raised in New York and there are many place I haven’t been to. So while in New York it seemed only right to go visit some places. One place that caught my attention is Governors Island. Governor’s Island is about a five-minute ferry ride from Downtown Manhattan.
It is also reachable by ferry from Brooklyn and Hoboken, NJ. I went to the Battery Maritime Building to get tickets for the ferry. You can also purchase them online. When you walk in there is a line, that moves very quickly. It is only $2 roundtrip to get to the island. I wasn’t given a physical ticket. Instead I just handed over my money and got on the line to get on the boat.
It was hard finding a good spot for views on the boat. Going inside the seats were very uncomfortable. There wasn’t that much air circulating. All the railings were filled with people. Luckily a small little space was found to enjoy the view.
Once on the island the first thing I saw was the information center. You can either donate $2 or sign up for a mailing list to get a map of the island. The first thing I wanted to see was Castle Williams. I found out it was a fort turned prison. It was cool, not too much to see, but very educational.
From there I wanted to see the views. They were amazing! I found some great views of the city and the Statue of Liberty.
While walking around it’s hard not to notice how amazingly clean Governors Island is. There was no litter or anything anywhere that I saw. I also noticed a lot of people on bikes. You can either bring your bike with you or rent one. They have all different kinds. Maybe next time I will get one. The prices vary, but are decent and I overheard someone say the first hour was free if you got there around 10am.
There were having some extra food trucks on the island because it was the weekend. The first thing that stuck out was this yellow truck, Wafels & Dinges. They had some Belgium Waffle pictures that looked great. The menu was a little confusing to many of us standing in the line and the guy in the truck was kind of rude. After several questions an item on the menu called Da Bom seemed the reasonable choice. For $8 I got a waffle with ice cream, chocolate, and a few strawberries which I think the nice lady making them put on there as a bonus. It was really good, but was a little hard to cut, with a plastic knife.
My favorite part of the island was Hammock Grove. Although the trees aren’t mature enough to provide shade, it is beautiful and clean. An amazing place to lay around talking, napping, or reading. I lounged with a little lemonade from a food truck called Carl’s Steak, which had not the best service. I am not a fan of getting tans and got an unwanted one, but besides that the hammocks are amazing.
My least favorite part of being there were the restrooms. They have porta-potties and they are not very good ones. The one I got was disgusting, I walked in and I walked right out and waited for another one. There was also no mini sink just some hand sanitizer. Blah.
The other thing to note is that getting off that island requires standing on a long line. The line moves at a decent pace, but it is a pretty long line. They load the ferry up and you have to wait. Other than that it was an amazing day. The island is beautiful with a lot of activities. It is only open during the summer months, so if you’re in the city, hop on the ferry and check it out, it is worth it.
Have you been to Governors Island? What did you do while you were there?