By Lyndsey Matthews
Updated: February 02, 2017

New York’s Governors Island is already one of America’s coolest city parks, and this weekend it gets even better. Fête Paradiso, a festival of vintage French carnival rides and carousels opens tomorrow, July 13, on the island just in time for Bastille Day celebrations (July 14th).

After taking a spin on a carousel or two (some date back to 1850), head to the repurposed 1900 bumper car pavilion to enjoy classic French food including croque monsieur and sweet crepes from New York’s popular French bistro Le Gamin. There will also be a beer and wine garden.
Fête Paradiso is open every weekend from 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. until September 29. Admission is free and rides and games cost $3 each. For more pictures and how to get there, click through.

How To Get There

From Manhattan Visitors can catch the free ferry from the Battery Maritime Building, near Battery Park. Ferries leave at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and every half hour after until 7 p.m. Return ferries to Manhattan leave every half hour beginning at 10:30 a.m. The last ferry departs Governors Island at 7 p.m.
From Brooklyn Take the free ferry from Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6 at Atlantic Avenue starting at 11 a.m. Ferries run back and forth every hour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Visitors can also take the East River Ferry Service for $4. For a full schedule of the East River Ferry, visit


Lyndsey Matthews is an assistant digital editor at Travel + Leisure.