The Manor grounds are open to the public Monday through Saturday 10 am - 4 pm. The trails and the public restrooms are open dawn to dusk every day. The Manor House is open on Thursdays and Saturdays through Labor Day Weekend, 11 am - 3 pm. Tours are $10 per person and no reservation is required. Click here for our online calendar.
FERRY TRAVEL TO SHELTER ISLAND
Using the North Ferry: Travel south on Rt 114 for 1.2 miles. Turn left through our big white gates at 80 North Ferry Road. 300 yards in, go left through the second set of white gates, go until you see the big yellow manor house.
Using the South Ferry: Travel north on Rt 114 for 2.7 miles. You will arrive at a stop sign, with the Shelter Island IGA to your left. Drive straight through the intersection into our big white gates at 80 North Ferry Road. 300 yards in, go left through the second set of white gates, go until you see the big yellow manor house.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION & TRAVELING
FROM FAR AWAY
It’s quite easy to get to Shelter Island using public transportation if you’re coming from far away:
FROM THE NORTH
If you’re coming from New England, it’s easiest to get yourself to New London and take a ferry across to Long Island. Drive in or take public trans (there is an Amtrak station immediately adjacent) to the ferry terminal in New London, CT.
Make a reservation ASAP on the Cross Sound Ferry from New London to Orient www.longislandferry.com. You may leave your car in a garage in New London if you wish to travel on foot and save money on the ferry ticket, but you should know that it’s about 9 mi. from Orient Point to Greenport, which is where you need to catch ferry #2 to Shelter Island. There is a bus: s92 (see the route PDF here), that runs every hour so it is quite possible to take public transportation all the way from New London to Shelter Island. Once in Greenport, follow “from Greenport” directions below.
FROM THE SOUTH AND WEST
Bus from Manhattan to Greenport (2h45m) $22 – www.hamptonjitney.com
Train from Manhattan to Greenport (3h) from $21 – www.lirr.org
Car- Drive out the Long Island Expressway (I-495) to Greenport, NY via rt. 25 eastbound.
When you get to Greenport, follow the directions below.
FROM GREENPORT, NORTH FORK OF LONG ISLAND
The North Ferry, (www.northferry.com) leaves every 15 minutes or so, and is about two blocks from where the local bus drops you off, and is right next to where the Hampton Jitney and Train let you off. It costs $11 one-way or $16 for a same-day roundtrip for your car, and passengers/walk-ons are $2. Cash only. No reservation needed.
Once on Shelter Island drive south on Rt 114 for 1.2 miles until you see a grocery store on your right and, at an intersection, a set of white gates on your left. You’re there! Go through those gates to get to Sylvester Manor.
FROM THE SOUTH FORK
Drive north on Route 114 from Sag Harbor. In North Haven you will come to the South Ferry, (www.southferry.com) which is a short crossing to Shelter Island (5 minutes.) Leave plenty of time (15 minutes minimum) for the ferry to arrive and load. The ferry costs $14 for a one-way trip or $17 round-trip (same day) and passengers in the vehicle are free.
Once you’ve arrived on Shelter Island, drive north on Route 114 (watch the signs! It’s curvy!) until you arrive at a stop sign with a big set of white gates in front of you. You’re there! Continue through those gates to get to Sylvester Manor.
ONCE YOU’RE ON SHELTER ISLAND:
If you don’t have a car, the best way to get to the Manor from the ferries is via taxi: Shelter Island Go’fors – (631) 749-4252
WHERE TO STAY ON SHELTER ISLAND
(List posted at the SI chamber of commerce: shelterislandchamber.org)