One thing I love about NYC is how it’s almost impossible to run out of things to do. I’ve been living here for going on five years now and I still feel like there are so many things remaining on my bucket list. One of those things? Spending a day out on Governors Island.
I’m sure when I say Governors Island, you think crop tops, Hunter boots and general festival shenanigans. And it’s true—there is a huge music festival on Governors Island every year, but it’s also an awesome day-cation spot for New Yorkers boasting incredible views (like the one of One World Trade, above!), old-world charm and food. I ventured out there with friends one weekend this July for one of the best days I’ve had in the city yet.
Located about 800 yards off the coast of Manhattan, Governors Island feels a hundred miles away. Mainly, because it’s host to more grass and trees than on Manhattan (ok, not really but it feels like it!) and because the old, Colonial houses and village area makes you feel like you’re actual wandering through Charleston or something.
Governors Island has had past lives as farmland and military bases, but it’s currently a protected park that is constantly being improved upon—they’ve added bike paths, green space, share farms, food trucks, even hammocks! We rented bikes for the day and rode around the island exploring, stopping to snap pictures by the water and pick up snacks from the food trucks.
Planning a trip out to the island? Take the designated Governors Island ferry from the Financial District (it’s actually right next to the Staten Island ferry) for just $2. The island itself is free, but it will cost you $25 to rent bikes for the day (very worth it, in my opinion). There are plenty of food trucks to choose from (especially ice cream ones—yay!) and a Starbucks on the island (this is New York, of course). Make sure to bring a camera for all those iconic New York City photo ops—helllllloooo, Lady Liberty!