Are you tired of the craziness of the city? With all the people rushing this way and that, disregarding your presence as you helplessly try to keep with the pace of the Big Apple. Think no more... You need an escape, a getaway, but you look in your wallet after spending time on Fifth Avenue shopping and you see nothing.... FEAR NOT! Governors Island is here to save the day...
Catch a free ferry here and enjoy the relaxation and surreal views and make the most of the beach bar. The beer is cheaper than in downtown Manhattan so give it a go. There is just something about the beach volleyball and fake palm trees that really creates a happy atmosphere with the backdrop of the great city. Ferries leave from South Street Seaport
regularly so you do not miss out on art shows and historic spots on the island. The history of the island is quite extraordinary, for almost two centuries the island was used as a military base home to the US Army and the coast guard.
Every first Sunday of September the island also hosts the World Trade Centre Run to Remember which is a great way to commemorate all the lives lost on the tragic September 11 attacks. You can also rent bikes and explore the island your own way freely as the place is so relaxing without cars. Not only do you get the best peace and sights but visitors are treated to great food events, concerts and even flying trapeze lessons on the weekend, if you feel up to it.
With access from South Street Seaport
, there are many other great locations when you feel like you have had your fill of Govenors Island, like the Smithsonian
, Battery Park
and Wall Street
Get yourself a get relaxing stay at some of the Luxury
hotels located in lower Manhattan such as Club Quarters Wall Street
, Ritz-Carlton New York Battery Park
and the Millenium Hilton