Greenway Adventures Nyc

EAST RIVER GREENWAY
& GOVERNORS ISLAND

EAST RIVER GREENWAY & GOVERNORS ISLAND

Route by Friends of Governors Island

Start from the Manhattan entrance to the Williamsburg Bridge or the Stuyvesant Cove ferry terminal, make your way to the East River Greenway and John V. Lindsay East River Park. Enjoy river views as you cruise through Two Bridges and check out the museum, shops, and restaurants at The Seaport. Take a quick ride on the Governors Island Ferry from the Battery Maritime Building, and disembark to discover 120 acres of open space and car-free paths. Governors Island is a hub of recreational activity, from biking and play fields to winding pathways with extraordinary views. The art exhibits, urban farm and Hammock Grove are a must! This oasis is perfect for a family outing with picnics, playgrounds and bike rentals for all ages—they even have NYC’s longest slide! Check out Island Oyster or Taco Vista for sips and snacks with Downtown Manhattan in the backdrop. There are also plenty of great spots inland at Liggett Terrace, where you'll find outposts from Threes Brewing, The Meat Hook, Little Eva's, and many more! Want a romantic getaway? Collective Retreats offers glamping tents with a bar, restaurant and nightly fire pits. 

Note: ferries from Brooklyn only run on the weekend, but the island can be accessed every day from Manhattan. 

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The Friends of Governors Island is an independent nonprofit that works to ensure the Island’s continued growth and accessibility as a vibrant public resource. As the designated fundraising partner of the Trust for Governors Island and the National Park Service, the Friends stewards the Island’s green spaces, enhances the visitor experience and builds a community dedicated to the Island’s future.
GREENWAY FEATURES
CAR FREE
GLAMPING
OUTDOOR DINING
INSTAGRAMABLE
GREEN SPACE
KID FRIENDLY

DISTANCE

4–6 Miles

DIFFICULTY

Beginner

BEST DAYS

S  M  T  W  T  F  S

More things are open on weekends, but it's less crowded Monday-Friday.

ROUTE NOTES

There's a direct ferry from Red Hook on Saturday & Sunday.

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