Things To Do

Tours and Historic Weapons
The National Monument offers tours of Castle Williams, Fort Jay, and the island as well as historic weapons demonstrations

Governors Island is currently open to the public through October 31, 2018.


Ye Olde Ball & Chain Gift Shop and Bookstore
Located in Castle Williams.

Going Around Castle Williams
Tour the best-preserved circular fortification in the nation. We might talk about prisoners or big cannons or architecture. Tickets for Castle Williams roof tours are available one hour before each tour begins, and may be picked up inside the Castle - they are free. More information

Fort Jay: Eagles, Townhouses and Big Guns
Fortify your mind! Tour one of the best examples of a classic star-shaped fort anywhere in the country, including the oldest structure on the island and the eagle sculpture that sits atop. We might talk about that eagle from 1796 or spies or big cannons or what it was like for a kid to grow up in a fort in the 1970s.

Fort Jay Porch Talks
Join a Governors Island Park Ranger for a brief talk about a variety of topics, ranging from Dutch New Amsterdam to the War of 1812 to family life in the Coast Guard at Governors Island.

The Big Walk Around the Island
See the whole history of the island in one go. This ranger programs takes you to most of the older buildings on the island. We will tell you the back stories on some of them. No tickets or reservations required. Visitors should be prepared to stand for a full 90 minutes and walk a distance of about 1.5 miles.

Artillery Demonstration and Small Arms Demonstration
Watch us fire a real 1860s-era cannon and demonstrate a variety of muskets soldiers would have used during that time period.

Last updated: June 7, 2018

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