National Park Service Announces 2015 Island Schedule

Castle Williams
Castle Williams

The Governors Island National Monument is maintained by the National Park Service. Rangers are available for tours throughout the summer. Castle Williams and Fort Jay will be open daily all season. Times and programs will vary during the season.

The following programs will be available May 23 to June 12.

Explore Castle Williams
Daily. Courtyard open 10 AM until 4:30 PM.
Tours every hour from 11:30 AM till 3:30 PM.
About 30 minutes.
Get some history in the round at the best-preserved circular fortification in the nation. On weekends the Castle is open until 5:30 PM with an additional tour at 4:30 PM.

Experience Fort Jay: An Island Star!
Courtyard open daily 10 AM until 4:00 PM.
Weekends tours every hour from 11:30 AM till 3:30 PM.
About 30 minutes, meet at the Fort Jay bridge.
Fortify your mind! Tour one of the best examples of classic star-shaped fort design anywhere in the country, including the oldest structure on the island.

Hike through History
Saturdays and Sundays
2:30 PM at Soissons Dock.
About 90 minutes.
See the whole history of the island in one go. Our most comprehensive program takes you to nearly every highlight in the historic district. No tickets or reservations required. Visitors should be prepared to stand for a full 90 minutes and walk a distance of about 1.5 miles.

More programs to come including kid’s programs, special topics such as Civil War Baseball, and Civil War Artillery. For more information visit the official web site.

Kevin C. Fitzpatrick has written and edited seven books with ties to New York history, including "The Governors Island Explorer's Guide" and "World War I New York: A Guide to the City’s Enduring Ties to the Great War." Kevin is a licensed sightseeing guide and has been leading walking tours since 1999. He resides in Manhattan.