Castle Williams
Castle Williams

book-online-red-smallFor more than 200 years, Governors Island was closed to the public. Learn how a former military post became New York’s greatest new park. Governors Island is a former Army and Coast Guard base in New York Harbor. It is now a public park and recreation area, as well as the Governors Island National Monument (U.S. National Park Service). The walk for anyone who wants to learn about its history and the island’s new future as a city park.

Tour Highlights:

  • Three hundred years of island history.
  • Explore the military life including the American Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War and more;
  • History of all Army buildings and Army housing;
  • Significance of all fortifications and military use of the island;
  • Current usage of the park and the buildings, what the future holds;
  • See rare photos, maps, and drawings from Kevin’s personal collection.

This tour is designed for tourists, locals, families, and groups of friends. You’ll visit more than thirty locations and come away with a new appreciation for the area.

The guide is Kevin Fitzpatrick, author of The Governors Island Explorer’s Guide (Globe Pequot Press) and publisher of

Tickets must be bought at least 24 hours in advance of the tour start time.