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Getting to Staten Island is part of the fun, as visitors travel to the 13.9-mile-long isle aboard the free Staten Island Ferry. The 25-minute ride affords gorgeous views of the Statue of Liberty and Lower Manhattan skyline (make sure to have cameras handy). Passengers disembark at St. George, a neighborhood dotted by rich architecture and culture. The area is also home to the historic St. George Theatre, which hosts music, dance and comedy, and the Richmond County Bank Ballpark is where the minor-league Staten Island Yankees play. There’s plenty more to see and do beyond St. George as well. Venture farther by public bus and railway (called SIR) to enjoy the Staten Island Zoo, where otters, baby foxes and rattlesnakes make their home, and the Children’s Museum at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, with lovely floral sights, including the Tuscan Garden, fashioned after a historic villa in Italy.
Manhattan's southern neighbor offers gardens and museums, authentic eats and stellar attractions.
Dine on mouthwatering (and spicy) cuisine, shop at exotic grocers and pick up some sweets for the ride home.
The Conference House Museum | conferencehouse.org | 718-984-6046
Site of a noteworthy conference during the Revolutionary War.
Denino’s Pizzeria & Tavern | deninos.com | 718-442-9401
Family-friendly eatery serves thin-crust pies and pub-style fare.
Fort Wadsworth | nps.gov
One of the oldest military forts in the nation.
The Greenbelt | sigreenbelt.org | 718-667-2165
More than 2,000 acres of lush forest grounds and recreational spots.
Historic Richmond Town | historicrichmondtown.org | 718-351-1611
Enjoy old-fashioned fun with costumed characters amid Colonial-era buildings.
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.