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Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in Travel | 0 comments

A Trip To Governors Island

This past summer I had some New York brunch and took a ferry with my friends to Governors Island. I have been wanting to visit Governors Island for quite some time, the newly opened park is a New York landmark. My friends and I love crossing different places off of our New York Bucket List. Governors Island was even more delightful than I had anticipated.

Taking the Ferry to Governors Island!

Governors Island is in the New York Bay off of the southern tip of Manhattan. The island was a United States Army post from 1783 to 1966, and then from 1966 to 1996 was owned and operated by the United Stated Coast guard. In 2001 it was declared a National Monument, but only opened as a park in 2012.

A poster for the Jazz Age Lawn Party, hopefully I will make it next year!

The park is most notable for their roaring 1920s Jazz Age lawn party which just recently passed.  Everybody dresses up in pearls and flapper dresses, and lays on the lawn with their parasols listening to jazz, it sounds like a dream! Unfortunately, I visited Governors Island on a regular day, but the Jazz party is on my must-see list!

The park is vintage-inspired, with carnival midway games and actual turn of the century carnival rides. The rides attract both adults and children. There are carousels, a dragon ride, and a few others. We had a surprisingly amazing time riding the carnival rides!  The rides are definitely old and worn, but fun to ride! It would not be a carnival without typical midway fare- stands with cotton candy, hot dogs, and popcorn abound.

We rode this dragon ride, and it is more intense than it looks! I was sore the next day from holding on so tight!

Adorable shops runs by local artisans line the park. Walking around there are people laying in the grass, riding the carousel with their children, playing carnival games. You really do feel like you have been transported back to the 1920s.

The whole day we felt like we had come upon this hidden New York gem. I would highly recommend visiting this park for a unique New York experience!

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