Looking to escape New York City for a day? Visit Governors Island, accessible by ferry from downtown Manhattan, any weekend this summer through September 29th. The island is home to grassy parks for picnics, plenty of events and festivals, historic tours and biking. This past summer, I played miniature golf on a creative course designed by FIGMENT,an artist collective that creates installations and puts on a yearly art festival on Governors Island. I’ve also rented a bike to explore the island and appreciate the views of Manhattan, Brooklyn and the New York Harbor. For this year’s extensive list of programming, visit govisland.com/html/visit/calendar.shtml.