surprise_house_2Can you imagine sailing away from the noise and rigidity of the city with a sense of pure wonder pulling you toward an island? You walk across a lush carpet of grass until you reach the doorway of a mysterious house. You step inside, discover what lies within, and walk away feeling more alive, inspired, and ready to take on the surprises in your life. 

This summer, Governors Island (a magical, grassy place that’s just a 10 minute ferry ride away from Manhattan and Brooklyn) is giving us one of its abandoned houses. 

We are transforming several barren rooms into the world’s first Surprise House – kind of like a haunted house but delightful (and filled with wonder).

You are invited on a free walk-through of the first floor: every Saturday and Sunday, 1PM – 5PM from August 16th – September 14th. Come to Governors Island and track us down in Nolan Park (House 7A).

The Surprise House is also available on weekdays for private groups!


Get the Surprise House all to yourselves to play, explore, and enjoy a delicious picnic. Choose from one of these retreat options:

Join forces with a skilled facilitator to uncover your values, mission & vision.

Train in the science & art of surprise, and design your own employee and/or customer delight strategy.

Mon – Fri: 10AM – 3PM or 11AM – 4PM; $4K for up to 20 participants

Have a memorable, playful, risk-taking good time at the Surprise House and share a delicious picnic.
Mon – Fri: any 3-hour slot between 10AM and 6PM; $1K for up to 20 participants + optional $30 per person for picnic

Want to learn more about the Surprise House? Contact us today:; 646.450.7475