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Visiting Governor's Island

Visiting Governors IslandLocated in the New York Harbor, Governor’s Island is a popular attraction during the summer months. There is much culture, art and performances to be found taking place on the island. It is only open to the public in the summer and offers limited facilities and public services. When it is open, Governor’s Island is a popular place for New York City residents and tourists to explore the island on their own. There are guided tours of the Island offered and visitors are free to go on a self-guided tour if they chose to do so on a day where the Island is open to the public. Visitors often dine on picnic lunches and bicycle through Governor’s Island, as well as just relax there. Park rangers take people on tours of Governor’s Island where the tour participants are required to stay with their park ranger for the duration of the tour. Governor’s Island host activities, programs and events and is available to be rented out by individuals who want to plan an event there. For example, Governor’s Island accommodates wedding ceremonies. Couples can reserve space at Nolan Park or Picnic Point to use as the site for their wedding reception. Community Organizations also frequently rent out Governor’s Island for events such as festivals and public performances. Exhibitions, races and countless other events are also held on Governor’s Island. In the past, local TV shows and other media projects have filmed on location at Governor’s Island. The Governor’s Beach Club can be rented out for concerts, weddings and private events as well. Governor’s Beach Club includes a courtyard as well as a man made beach. Anyone visiting the Governor’s Island is encouraged to stay in one of the many hotels in Times Square, which is located close by.