|Battery Maritime Building for Governor's Island Ferries|
The 10 minute ferry ride from downtown is free and although if busy (like it was yesterday) it can feel a bit like a cattle call when boarding, the ride can help separate you mentally from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan in a refreshing way. Once docked at Governor's Island, I would start a visit with a pit stop at the bookstore. There you can pick up handouts about Governor's Island as a Civil War depot and training center, the way soldiers from Governor's Island helped put down the draft riots of 1863 in NYC, how Fort Jay and Castle Williams were used to house prisoners of war, and do-it-yourself walking tours of the island.
|Barracks Surrounding the Parade Grounds|
Governor's Island's event calendar to see what concerts may be available. You can get lunch at the numerous concession stands and sit and listen to free live concerts (see right). The music I happened to hear was great 80s tunes, and the atmosphere by the Water Taxi Beach was relaxed and open. Can't beat a free concert. And the crowds are nothing like the concerts in Central Park. This was really enjoyable and a pleasant bonus of the visit.