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Secrets of Governors Island Walking Tour

New York, United States

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English


Closed to the public for 200 years, Governor’s Island is a fascinating piece of history in the heart of New York Harbor. Explore the island on a walking tour that links up more than 30 sites, and includes war stories, local lore, and a new perspective on New York City’s military history.
  • Governor's Island walking tour
  • Learn about local history
  • See military buildings and installations
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Family friendly
Professional guide
Food and drinks (available for purchase on island)

Departure Point

Battery Maritime Building, 10 South St, New York, NY 10005, USA

Departure Time

1:00 PM

Return Details

New York, NY, USA
Make your way to Governor’s Island by ferry: take a boat from the Battery Maritime Building in Manhattan or the Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6. On either ferry, you’ll get amazing views of the harbor while making the crossing, then begin the tour on the Governor’s Island ferry dock.

Follow landscaped paths to historic buildings, while your guide shares stories from 300 years of New York City history. Find out what was happening here throughout the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Civil War, and learn about what was happening on Governor’s Island’s during more recent conflicts. Get essential context for understanding Governor’s Island’s fortifications and military use, and see what the future holds for the historic military structures.

Look over rare photos, maps, and drawings from a personal collection, then find the perfect vantage point for photographing the Statue of Liberty across the water. This tour concludes at the Governor’s Island ferry dock.

Please note this tour requires a minimum of four people per booking.
Pass By:  
Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty views
Stop At:  
Governors Island National Monument
View 2 historic forts and 200 years of military history
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
New York Harbor
Beautiful views of the harbor from ferries
Stop At:  
Governors Island
Tour of historic district of 150-year old buildings
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Sunscreen is recommended
  • Carry a bottle of water
  • No pets allowed
  • All bags are subject to search
  • No weapons, no smoking, no alcohol, and no fishing
  • OPERATED BY Big Apple Fanatics Tours

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What is the maximum group size during Secrets of Governors Island Walking Tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.

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Fun, informative tour
Mary M
, Aug 2018
I met my tour guide, Kevin at Governors Is ferry terminal in Lower Manhattan. Immediately, he started the tour by giving me information regarding the island. When we arrived we walked around the historic area. He was very informative, responded to my questions and waited for me to take pictures. A very enjoyable first trip to the island.

Product code: 39729P1

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