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Governors Island, New York

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.

Governors Island New York ©2015 HollyDayz

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.

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View from the ferry ©2014 Holly Dayz
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.
View of the Manhattan from Governers Island ©2014 Holly Dayz
View of Manhattan from Governer’s Island
©2014 Holly Dayz
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.
Castle Williams ©2014 Holly Dayz
©2014 Holly Dayz
Inside Castle Williams turned prison ©2014 Holly Dayz
From there I wanted to see the views. They were amazing! I found some great views of the city and the Statue of Liberty.
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Statue of Liberty ©2014 Holly Dayz
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.
Govoners Island Bike and Surrey Rentals ©2014 Holly Dayz
Govoner’s Island Bike and Surrey Rentals
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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.
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Waffles & Dinges ©2014 Holly Dayz
(Belgium Waffle with chocolate, strawberries, and ice cream)©2014 Holly Dayz
(Belgium Waffle with chocolate, strawberries, and ice cream)©2014 Holly Dayz
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.
©2014 Holly Dayz
©2014 Holly Dayz
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?

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  • Starkey

    This sounds like a great trip! I haven’t been to New York since I was little!

    • Holly Dayz

      It is a great day get away. When you come back to NY you should def go there.

  • MJ (@FABHauteMama)

    I love Governors Island. It is a beautiful “secret” getaway for a day especially in the summer. OMG I had no idea Waffles & Dinges brings their truck there! I sure will visit and check their schedule next time I am in town. Not born but I am a raised BK girl.

    • Holly Dayz

      Yea, it was great for a hot summer day. My favorite part is the hammocks!

  • Vashti@veepeejay.com

    I’ve heard so much about Governors Island but I’ve never been. I’m adding it to my list of places to visit on my next trip to NYC. Ugghh..Porta Potties are the worse lol

    • Holly Dayz

      Yes, go and let me know how you liked it whenever you do. They are working on expanding it as well. Yea I can’t stand Porta Potties..always gross.

  • Christine K. St.Vil (@MomsNCharge)

    Thanks so much for sharing Holly! I can totally relate as I was born and raised (just outside) in DC but haven’t been to a ton of places in the city. My mother-in-law just moved to NY so we are going to be planning a family trip up there to visit soon. The kids haven’t been since they were babies so it’s always great to see/hear about things to do.

    • Holly Dayz

      Yea, there are a lot of places in and around NY I have yet to experience. I guess that is just how it is lol. Tourist in my own city sometimes. It is a great family destination. I saw kids there having a blast.

  • Kasi

    Sounds like a fun trip! I love visiting NY, but I have yet to get a clear view of the Statue of Liberty! A ferry ride to Governor’s Island would be the perfect way to see it, as well as look at other historical spots.

    • Holly Dayz

      It is a great way to see it. It was a lot of fun. I look forward to hanging out in the hammock again.

  • Koen B

    Hey – nice article, thank you. I’m a fan of the Island. By the way: there are bathrooms in the building near the dock. When you walk off the boat, make a right. Way better than the portable one, that are not nice indeed. (oh, and it’s wafels & dinges, that delicious place – take it from a Belgian – but soo happy you like them as much as we do!)

    • Holly Dayz

      Thanks. That is good to know. Although I wouldn’t go all the way back to that area to use the bathroom if I really have to go. They should do better with the portable ones.

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