Featuring the unique Governors Island and bursting with United States naval history, Governors Island National Monument is a great destination for RV lovers visiting New York City, NY. Governors Island National Monument is located on Governors Island, which is located in the New York Harbor off the southern tip of Manhattan Island.
Governors Island has a rich history in defending America that dates back to 1776 when the Continental Army troops raised military installations during the American Revolutionary War. From 1783 to 1966 Governors Island was a United States Army post that was used mostly as a training ground for troops and a defense point during wartime periods. After this period the island then served as a major United States Coast Guard installation until 1996 when it was decommissioned to save money.
President Clinton was responsible for the island becoming a national monument after designating a 22-acre area, (including the historic Fort Jay and Castle Williams) before he left office in 2001. The official opening for public use occurred in 2005 and now the island has 43-acres of space dedicated to public park, free arts and cultural events, and recreational activities.
The park is only accessible by ferries from Brooklyn and Manhattan so you will have to leave your RV at a campground or parking lot during your visit to the monument. Due to the lack of vehicle access, RV camping will not be possible at the monument, however there is a campground in nearby Jersey City. Governors Island National Monument is open from the late spring to early fall.