An Afternoon on Governor’s Island Part 2

Hi friends, welcome back! As promised, I’m sharing my Part 2 of Governor’s Island. We went this past weekend on a chilly, but sunny fall day and had such a relaxing time. In case you missed Part 1, you can catch up here.

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Once we departed the ferry, we headed straight to Fort Jay for a free guided tour by a National Park Ranger. Last time we walked through the fort, but didn’t make it in time for a tour so we were pretty excited.

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We learned about how Governor’s Island was a military base from the 1700s because of it’s prime location. New York was one of the most valuable ports, so the colonies had to defend it. The fort was then a training ground during the Civil War,  housed captured Confederate soldiers, and was used as a training site ever since. The Coast Guard took over in 1965 and habited the island until 1995. Sometimes I forget that there’s so much history in NYC.

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The fort has these rockers that are so great to relax and enjoy the scenery on

We stopped for some food after the tour because I was at the point of hanger…sorry Jon! There aren’t too many options on the island so be prepared for some steep prices! We shared a chicken and rice dish, and then got these tasty nachos!

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We walked through Castle William next and it’s not quite like the castles we saw in Scotland. It was actually used to store cannons and then converted into a jail. Castle Williams also has ranger guided tours, but we didn’t make it to one yet.

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I got a quick yoga pose on the way to the longest slide in NYC, it’s 57 feet long and three stories.

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We ended our time on the island relaxing in these hammocks with an incredible view of the city.

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Be sure to check out Governor’s Island for yourself and explore this little escape from the city.

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