What: Free Bike Mornings, May 24 – September 28.

When: Every morning between 10am and noon.

Where: Governors Island (just off the southern tip of Manhattan)

Why: The island was a United States Army post from 1783 to 1966, and then belonged to the United States Coast Guard until 1996. Since then, it has been uninhabited—excluding striking art installations and gourmet food trucks—providing you with the perfect escape from the cars and congestion of Manhattan.

Cost: It is free to rent cruisers and children’s bikes. All weekday and weekend afternoon ferries from Brooklyn and Manhattan are $2 round trip for adults. Children under 12 ride for free at all times and senior citizens’ fares are half price. Morning ferries (10am & 11am) on Saturdays and Sundays are free for all. Visitors will be able to purchase ferry tickets at the Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan or at Pier 6 in Brooklyn.  28.

How to get there: The free Governors Island Ferry leaves from Slip 7 at the Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan, at the corner of South and Whitehall Streets. (Governors Island, 212.825.3045, govisland.com)