Cooped up New Yorkers were given some good news this week: You can add a visit to Governors Island to your list of safe, outdoor summer staycation activities. The 172-acre island in the heart of New York Harbor reopens to the public Wednesday, July 15. Like many mainstays, there are new rules for summer 2020, including social distancing, mandatory mask wearing, and the most significant change: Reservations are required for ferry rides.
If you're looking to escape the confines of your home, Governors Island has long been one of our favorite summer playgrounds, with its vast green spaces, fresh air, and views of the Manhattan skyline. Read on for details about the summer 2020 Governors Island season and programming, plus learn how to score your ferry reservation. We've got more family-friendly picks for fun in our Summer Guide for NYC Kids.