Governors Island – one of city’s most popular FREE destinations – reopens for the season this weekend, on Saturday, May. 1.
It’s just one more indication that NYC is back in business and open for business.
Take the ferry to a car-free playground of more than 100 acres of bike trails and hiking trails, shaded hammock and spacious sunny lawns, picture postcard views of vistas of downtown Manhattan and downtown Brooklyn, art exhibits, crafts workshops and more. And nearly everything is FREE. Yes, FREE.
If you’re a first-timer, take a FREE guided tour of the Island with Friends of Governors Island volunteer docents. Tours leave from Soissons Landing on weekends at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm.
Or, take a self-guided tour through the island’s history and features on Urban Archive’s app or website.
There are seven miles of car-free paths, making Governors Island a pedaler’s paradise, and you can bring your bike on the ferry for free. Or, rent bikes, surreys, pedal cars, scooters and more from Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals, or from three Citi Bike stations across the Island.
Adventures at Governors Island also returns this season, with a zipline, climbing wall, problem-solving maze, and mini-golf, just steps from Liggett Terrace.
The Urban Farm also reopens Noon to 4pm. There are environmental learning programs at GrowNYC’s Teaching Garden, a working urban farm with rows of crops, greenhouses and more, and Earth Matter’s Compost Learning Center and Soil Start Farm is a fully functioning compost center that turns material from throughout NYC into nutritious compost for use on the Island and elsewhere.
FREE art exhibits open this weekend
Arts, culture and science programs return in and around the historic houses of Nolan Park and Colonels Row.
See PHREATIC!, an exhibition of works presented by NYU’s Gallatin School at the New York Virtual Volcano Observatory house, Nolan Park 11, 11AM–5PM.
More exhibitions open next weekend, including works by students and faculty at Pratt Institute’s Graduate Architecture and Urban Design program, a group exhibition of photography, film and more at Protocinema, and New Art Dealers Alliance’sNADA House, which includes works by more over 50 artists across five houses on Colonels Row.
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