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You can get to the City’s “greenest borough” (the island has more than 170 parks and 12,300 acres of protected parkland) with a 25-minute ride on the free Staten Island Ferry. Along the way, passengers enjoy prime views of the Statue of Liberty and Lower Manhattan’s skyline. When the ferry docks in the St. George neighborhood, you’ll be treated to an area with hidden architectural gems like the St. George Theatre. The historic venue hosts music, comedy and drama performances year-round. Also nearby is the Staten Island Museum, which showcases art related to the borough as well as a large natural science exhibit. A bit inland is Historic Richmond Town, a colonial-era village that features costumed characters living and working amid period buildings, many of which are original sites.
Manhattan's southern neighbor offers gardens, museums, authentic eats and stellar attractions.
NYC's largest forest preserve features wetlands, parks, meadows and hiking trails.
Take a free ferry ride to enjoy sand, surf, food and history along the Staten Island shore.
The island getaway's culinary offerings include pizza, Cajun-Creole dishes and Sri Lankan cuisine.
Home to a thriving Sri Lankan community, this area holds culinary delights and a wide variety of arts and cultural events.
For more information on Staten Island history and attractions, download the "Ferry Rider's Guide" from statenislandmuseum.org (look for the link on the bottom-right side of the page) and see visitstatenisland.com.