Head to Governors Island, a National Monument just a 7-minute ferry ride from Manhattan or Brooklyn, and explore the sights with a 2-hour surrey rental (also known as a ‘quadracycle’ for its 4 wheels) – the best way to experience and enjoy the island’s 7 miles of mostly flat, totally car-free paths.
Pedal around the entire 172 acres and see all of Governors Island’s expansive gardens, greenspaces, play areas for kids, public art, historic 1812-era forts including Castle Williams and Fort Jay, and more. Climb up to the top of ‘the Hills’ to get breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline, New York Harbor, and Lady Liberty from Governor Island’s unique vantage point 70-feet above the surrounding waters.
After getting your exercise in pedaling around the island, be sure to enjoy relax and enjoy the views while you swing in a hammock in Hammock Grove.
Blazing Saddles’ friendly and knowledgeable staff will get you set up with your surrey rental and provide you with a detailed map to help you plan your Governors Island sightseeing route. If you have any questions about getting around or want bike route recommendations, they’re happy to help!
What’s included with your Surrey Rental:
Why visit Governors Island?
Governors Island is coveted by visitors and New Yorkers alike as ‘the easiest way to get away.’ Just a short (and sometimes free - check the ferry schedule) ferry ride from Manhattan or Brooklyn, there’s no excuse not to explore the little island of greenspaces, car-free paths, and stunning views.
Once an abandoned former military base, Governors Island has been completely transformed into a place worth visiting where visitors can enjoy outdoor activities, community enrichment programs, NYC history, and of course, the views. The island’s car-free paths make riding bikes, surreys, and going for leisurely strolls safe and worry-free and the entire 172-acres can be easily explored in 1-2 hours with your bike rental.
Some of the park’s highlight features include an expansive green park, gardens, historic forts and buildings, Hammock Grove where you can relax and catch a breeze while swinging on a hammock, ‘the Hills’ which are man-made mounds with winding paths to the top that offer sweeping views of the island’s surroundings, and several food-truck style dining options.
Insider tip: check the Governors Island site to see if there are any fun events you want to plan your visit around.
There are two ferries that transport people to Governors Island.
All ferry departures before noon are free and then $3/roundtrip after 12:00 pm. We recommend referencing the ferry schedule prior to travelling.