This past weekend, my friend and I ran a 10K race (6.2 miles) on Governors Island, a 172-acre island in New York Harbor. It was only the second time I’d been to there, despite its proximity to both Manhattan and Brooklyn. What was once a military base for the U.S. Army and Coast Guard is now a green, beautiful, peaceful, car-free island with a lot of arts, history and fitness events planned for the summer. Below are some health and fitness events for you to do with the whole family.
Fitness for the Whole Family on Governors Island
Bike Governors Island: All Season
Experience miles of car-free biking. Bring your own bikes or rent one from Bike and Roll. Bike and Roll has bikes for all sizes and abilities, including kids’ bikes, kids’ trailers and four-seater quadcycles. 1-212-260-0400 or visit bikenewyorkcity.com.
Bike New York Classes: Sunday, July 28 and Saturday, September 7 at 11 am
Learn how to ride a bike for the first time or brush up on your basic biking skills with free Bike New York classes on Governors Island. For details and free pre-registration visit bikenewyork.org.
The Skate Truck NYC: Sundays in June, July and August
The Skate Truck NYC provides roller-skating equipment, helmets and safety equipment to skaters of any age. For more information visit skatetrucknyc.com.
National Park Service Hike
Even though the park is technically closed during the week, you can still join the National Park Service for a hike through the National Historic Landmark District on Governors Island. Park rangers will guide you on a 1.5-mile, 1.5-hour tour through over 200 years of history on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Catch the Manhattan ferry at 10 am or 2:15 pm, meet your guide and then return on the 12 pm or 4 pm ferries.
How to Get to Governors Island
Governors Island is open to the public on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays through September 29 from 10 am to 7 pm. You can get there by free ferry from Manhattan’s Battery Maritime Building next to the Staten Island Ferry (ferries depart at 10 am, 11 am and then every half hour) or Brooklyn’s renovated Pier 6 at the end of Atlantic Avenue (ferries depart every 60 minutes starting at 11 am).