Weekend Plans: Terns, City of Water, and The Hills

If you are in NYC over the next few days (July 16 – 20, 2016), it’s the perfect time to visit Governors Island.

Celebrate the Terns

Saturday July 16 is the Tern Festival on Governors Island. Hundreds of Common Terns have recently colonized several decommissioned piers on the Governors Island waterfront. Learn more about these fascinating waterbirds from 10am to 4pm with speakers, a bird tour of Governors Island, a botany and natural history tour, family activities, and a Common Tern viewing station on Yankee pier.

Photograph by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Float through the City of Water Day

Saturday, July 16 is also the City of Water Day on Governors Island. Sponsored by the Waterfront Alliance, this annual celebration of the New York Harbor is the biggest harbor festival in our region. The free boat tours are already sold out, but you can still watch the Cardboard Kayak race and learn more about our waterways.

While you’re there, get to know the importance of oysters in our harbor and estuaries with the Billion Oyster Project.

The Newest NYC Landscape Unveiled: The Hills of Governors Island

On Wednesday, July 19, the new 10-acre area called The Hills will be open to the public for the first time. Ten years in the making, The Hills features four rolling peaks, each with incredible views of the Statue of Liberty across the harbor. The New York Review of Books wrote a great piece about the history and significance of this extraordinary new landscape.

Photo by Timothy Schneck (from Time Out NY)

On Thursday, July 20, you have the unique opportunity to explore The Hills and other parts of Governors Island from sunrise to sunset. Free ferries will run from Manhattan to Governors Island from 5:00am to 9:00pm that day. See the island at dawn, before work. No one has to know.


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  1. How funny, we were actually planning to make a trip out there this weekend! Great timing! 🙂

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  2. It’s very impressive that you know all these schedules for the best timing of visiting a place. I tried to keep track with happenings here in Japan, but there is just too much of them. I really need to have some kind of organization and planning rather just go, go and go.
    Have fun with all the nature activities.


    • Thanks, Rommel, for the kind comment. I think because I’m limiting the types of events (nature in NYC) I’m able to find a few things that are happening each week. It’s definitely not comprehensive. You seem to be finding all kinds of great things to do in Japan. You’ve helped me put more on my wish list when I visit again : )


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