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Welcome to The Yard, New York City's only adventure playground on Governors Island. play:groundNYC's signature program, The Yard, is excited to offer youth throughout the city, and beyond, another season of play. In order to have the best time possible we want to prepare you with a few tips.

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What to expect:

The Yard is open on WEEKENDS ONLY from May through October, from 12pm to 4pm. Doors close around 3:45 pm, in order to allow children a sufficient amount of time on site to engage in play before the playground closes at 4 pm.  

The Yard is 50,000 square feet of kids-only space in which we supply young people with loose parts materials for building, exploring, imagining and destroying. Some tools provided are nails, hammers and saws, paint, tires, wood, fabrics and more.

We are open RAIN or SHINE so expect your child to get messy!

The Yard is recommended for kids age 6 and up. It is a kids-only space - we do not allow parents into the The Yard. Children are free to come and go, and it is up to each family to decide if the parents prefer to wait outside the playground or choose to go enjoy other parts of the island for a while. Governor's Island has plenty of shaded and sunny grassy areas where parents can enjoy some time relaxing.

There are play:groundNYC trained playworkers in The Yard at all times.

We also have a Family Play area, open to all ages, adjacent to The Yard, where adult supervision is required. Note that the ages for both The Yard (6 and older) and Family Play area (5 and under) are recommended.

What to bring:

Waivers: Participants for either adventure play or family play will need a waiver filled out by a guardian. Each child will need a separate waiver. We recommend you fill out the waiver ONLINE HERE prior to your visit.

Waivers are also available at the entrance of play:groundNYC where one of our staff or volunteers is able to answer any questions you may have. Each and every time you come to play:groundNYC a waiver is required. Incomplete waivers cannot be accepted. 

Shoes: Closed-toe shoes are required on the adventure part of the play:ground because children are using tools like saws, hammers, nails and closed-toe shoes help protect children’s feet. We have a limited selection of loaner shoes on site.

Sun Protection: Hats, water and sunblock are encouraged.


From the Brooklyn Ferry turn right along the water. Take the second left turn and you will see play:ground on your right.

From the Manhattan Ferry walk up, turn left at the T junction. Once you pass the entrance to the Fort, turn right onto a path between houses and trees (Colonel’s Row). Walk straight until you reach The Yard.

Feel free to also explore the island, go on an adventure and find your own way to The Yard.

You can find the ferry schedules here.

From Manhattan Ferry Terminal

From Brooklyn Ferry Terminal

Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 12pm-4pm, May 5th - October 28th

Cost: FREE!  We want all kids to be able to play!

If you are able, there is a donation box at the entrance (suggested donation of $5-$15). You may also donate here. Your donations are what keeps us up and running and what allows us to provide adventure play for free to children throughout the five boroughs. We appreciate whatever you can provide.

Large Groups:

Large groups such as birthday parties and organized visits need to be prearranged with play:groundNYC. If you would like to visit playground with a group of more than four children please visit our Events & Services page for information on scheduling a private party or session. We cannot accommodate visits from other summer day camps, sorry.


















play:groundNYC reserves the right to ask children to leave if their behavior puts others in danger of physical or emotional harm.