Staten Island seems a world away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan with many of historic sites activities for the entire family
A mainly residential area, Staten Island offers a respite from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan with variety of historic attractions and family fun. Departing from Whitehall Ferry Terminal by Battery Park, the Staten Island Ferry arrives at the St. George's Terminal on Richmond Avenue in Staten Island. From there the borough is accessible by rail or bus using a MetroCard, which can be purchased at the ferry terminal or numerous locations in Manhattan.
Two blocks from the ferry terminal is the Staten Island Museum, Staten Island's oldest cultural institution. Home to natural science, art and cultural and historical exhibits, it is the only general interest museum remaining in New York City. Also a short walk from the ferry is the St. George Theatre, a historic vaudeville theatre hosting concerts and performances and the home of the Staten Island Yankee's minor league baseball.
The Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanic Gardens is a National Landmark collection of 19th century buildings that once housed a home for retired merchant seaman and an interpretative centre chronicling Staten Island's seafaring past. Other historical attractions include Historic Richmond Town, an open-air museum of 28 landmark buildings with interactive exhibits, Fort Wadsworth, Conference House Park and the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum. The Staten Island Zoo, initially a reptile park with one of the most extensive rattlesnake collections in the United States broadened the collection to include almost 5,000 animals of 206 species of small mammals, birds, reptile and amphibians.
Cost: Free, Fees may apply for activities. Please see websites for details.
Hours: 24 hours
Website: Visit Staten Island
Address: Borough of Staten Island
Nearby attractions: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Immigration Museum, Battery Park, Financial District, Staten Island Ferry