Staten Island

Staten Island seems a world away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan with many of historic sites activities for the entire family

The Charles Kreischer House is just one of many historic buildings preserved on Staten Island
The Charles Kreischer House is just one of many historic buildings preserved on Staten Island cc licensed photo by H.L.I.T.

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. While you are inside the terminal be sure to check out the two giant salt water aquariums which hold about 400 tropical fish.

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.


Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
1South Ferry2 minutes
N or RWhitehall Street5 minutes
4 or 5Bowling Green2 minutes

How to get to Staten Island by Subway

Take the Staten Island Ferry from Whitehall Ferry Terminal by Battery Park.

You can reach Battery Park and the Whitehall Ferry Terminal with a brief walk from any of the following subway trains / stations: Take the 1 train to South Ferry, turn left into Battery Park or take the N or R train to Whitehall Street, head north toward Pearl Street, turn left on Bridge Street, follow path into park or take the 4 or 5 train to Bowling Green, head south on Broadway, turn right on Battery Place, turn left on Greenwich Street and continue into park.

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