Randall’s Island Park is located in New York City along the East River, between Manhattan, Queens and The Bronx. Click HERE to see Randall’s Island on Google Maps.
Subway & Bus
Getting to Randall’s Island Park via subway and bus is easy! Via subway, you take the 4, 5, or 6 train to 125th street. Once there, you can hop on the X80 express bus at 125th street and Lexington avenue, and the X80 will take you directly to the festival entrance. If you wish to walk to the festival from 125th street, you can walk east on 125th street, cross the RFK Bridge, and you’re there! The distance from the 125th subway station to the festival is 1 mile (the equivalent of 20 city blocks).
Please note that we are working closely with the MTA to ensure that an appropriate number of buses are added for show days and that lines are kept to an absolute minimum. Please also note that the X80 express bus collects a $6.50 round-trip fare when you board the bus, but if you have come from the subway only $3.75 is deducted. Monthly MetroCards do not work on the X8o bus, so make sure you have a MetroCard with cash on it or exact change so you can pay the X80 driver upon boarding.
Festival Ferries will be traveling to and from Randall’s Island each day of the festival, throughout the day. Departures will take place from East 35th Street Ferry Landing located at the intersection of East 35th Street at the FDR Drive, with ferries running approximately every 15 minutes, starting at 11:00am. Ferries to the island will stop at 9pm and ferries from the island will not stop until all ferry ticket buyers are off the island.
This is without a doubt the easiest way to get to/from the show, plus there will be music playing on the speakers and there is a full bar on most boats. There are only a limited number of ferry tickets available, and purchase information is available HERE.
Festival shuttle buses will be traveling to and from Randall’s Island each day of the festival, throughout the day. Shuttles will pick up at Brooklyn Bowl (N. 12th Street and Wythe) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, starting at 11:30am until 4:30pm before dropping off at the festival site. Shuttle bus tickets can and should be purchased in advance, ticketing info will be released in the coming months.
This is also an incredibly easy and comfortable way to get to/from the show, plus it will drop you off in Williamsburg at the end of each night – a great place to be. There are only a limited number of shuttle tickets available, and tickets WILL sell out! Purchase information is available HERE.
Walking / Biking
Walking and biking to Randall’s Island Park is easy, and you can get there by crossing the RFK Bridge from Manhattan/125th street (about 15 minutes walking), RFK Bridge from Queens (about 30 minutes walking), or the RFK bridge from the Bronx (about 15 minutes walking). The event is located right next to Icahn stadium, so you can follow signs toward Icahn or any signs for the festival. The elevator at 125th Street is no longer operational, as it is being rebuilt and will not be finished until after the festival dates.
You can also walk across the footbridge from E. 103rd St. in Manhattan onto Randall’s Island Park. It takes about 20-25 minutes to walk from the Manhattan side of the footbridge to the festival entrance. If you plan on biking to the festival, we advise you to come via the 103rd street footbridge. Bike rack will be near the entrance to the festival for you to lock up your bikes too!
THERE IS NO PARKING AVAILABLE ON RANDALL’S ISLAND.
There is NO OVERNIGHT PARKING and NO TAILGATING allowed on Randall’s Island.
If you are being dropped off at the festival you may follow these directions:
Get on the RFK Bridge at East 125th Street or Exit 18 from FDR Drive (left exit from northbound or right hand exit from southbound Harlem River Drive). Once on the RFK Bridge, E-Z Pass users should stay left for the exit to Randall’s Island Park, immediately after the toll plaza. Those paying cash at the toll should stay to the right and take the entrance ramp to Randall’s Island Park located about a half-mile past the toll plaza on the right hand side.
From Long Island
Get on the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge from the Grand Central Parkway. Stay right for the exit to Randall’s Island, immediately after the toll plaza.
From The Bronx
Take the Major Deegan or Bruckner Expressway to the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge. Once on the RFK Bridge continue toward Queens. After the Queens toll plaza, bear right for the Randall’s Island exit (about 200 yards).
Take the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway East to the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge. Stay right for the exit to Randall’s Island Park, immediately after the toll plaza.
Get on the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge from the Grand Central Parkway. Stay right for the exit to Randall’s Island Park, immediately after the toll plaza.
From New Jersey
From I-80 or the New Jersey Turnpike, get on the George Washington Bridge. Follow signs for Through Traffic (on the upper level, stay to the left, on the lower level, stay to the right) to get onto the Cross Bronx Expressway, then take the Harlem River Drive/Amsterdam Avenue exit. Keep left onto the Harlem River Drive, then stay straight to take FDR Drive South to the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge. On the Bridge, E-Z Pass users should stay left for the exit to Randall’s Island Park, immediately after the toll plaza. Those paying cash at the toll should stay to the right and take the entrance ramp to Randall’s Island Park located about a half-mile past the toll plaza on the right hand side.
Take I-87 (New York State Thruway) southbound. I-87 will turn into the Major Deegan Expressway. Follow signs to the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, pass through the tollbooth, and stay to the right. Take the exit for Randall’s Island.
Gov Ball is partnering with NYC’s Unlimited Biking for a unique bike rental experience. Festival patrons may pick up bikes at any of the three rental locations below:
Central Park Sightseeing: 56 W. 56th St. New York, NY 10019
Brooklyn Bridge Sightseeing: 110 South St. New York, NY 10038
Hudson River Sightseeing: Pier 78 @ 39th St. and 12th Ave. (Off the West Side Highway)
Rentals are $35 for 24-hours with proof of a Gov Ball festival ticket. Rental includes basket, helmet, and bike lock and must be returned by the same time the next day. All rentals must be purchased with a credit card. The festival will provide safe bike parking on Randall’s Island near each festival entrance.
See Walking / Biking for more info.