For the first time ever Governor’s Island is allowing dogs to come and sniff out a new 172-acre territory on Saturday’s from 7 am – 3 pm from January 22 through May 1.
Dog Days gives leashed dogs the opportunity to roam around car-free pathways and crowd-free open fields, while off-leash dogs can enjoy a new fenced-in dog park located behind Liggett Terrace.
There are some rules that must be followed, which include:
- Dogs are only allowed on Governors Island on Saturdays from 7am-3pm.
- Dogs must remain on a leash, including while on the Governors Island ferry.
- Dogs are only allowed off-leash in the designated dog park behind Liggett Terrace.
- Dogs and their owners must ride in one of the outdoor sections of the Governors Island ferry.
- You must pick up after your dog and place all dog waste in the landfill bins located around the Island.
While this is the first time the island is open to the general dog population, it’s not the first time the island is open to dogs in general. A special crew of five working dogs have been exploring the island since 2014, trained to chase geese off the island without harming them. And this team of canines cannot wait to welcome all the new dogs to the island!
Give your furry friend plenty of room to explore and socialize with other pups while you enjoy sights of the New York Harbor, and share photos of your pup on Instagram with the hashtag #GIDogDays while you’re at it!