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Governors IslandThe Highlights
Just off the tip of Southern Manhattan lies Governors Island, a small piece of land designated as a national park. The island was an important defensive position during the American Revolution as part of the battle for New York City, and the fortifications and batteries known as Castle Williams can still be visited today. Other historical sites on the island have also been preserved, such as officers quarters, churches, and barracks. After stepping off the ferry, summertime visitors to the island can also enjoy biking, mini golf, walking tours, picnicking, art installations, fairs, festivals, and concerts.