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If you have never been out to Governors Island you are missing out, just a 7-minute ferry ride from downtown Manhattan, the perfect place to spend an afternoon relaxing, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Governors Island, an island in the heart of New York Harbor, was once an active military base. However, in 2003 the federal government sold 150 acres of the island to the people of New York, today it is an extraordinary public resource with a vibrant mix of uses and activities.

My Strange Family Surrey Bike

This past weekend we went out to Governors Island and rented a 4-seat Surrey for an hour long family adventure. It was our first time biking together as a family, but definitely not our last. Riding around the island on a Surrey is by far the easiest way to enjoy and explore the Island’s unique cultural and recreational offerings.

Surrey rental on Governors Island

You can also get the best views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty from Governors Island. The Island is car-free, and we peddled around it to see public art, historic forts and buildings, and a fun new Hammock Grove full of hammocks for relaxation.

Freedom Tower NYC

How did you spend your long Labor Day weekend?

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