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Staten Island is home to more than 12,000 acres of beaches and parkland. A fun—and free—way to access the island is via a 25-minute ride on the Staten Island Ferry, which cruises within view of the Statue of Liberty and Governors Island. After arriving at the St. George Ferry Terminal, it’s a short walk to Richmond County Bank Ballpark, home to the Staten Island Yankees, or uphill to the neighborhood of St. George, which features a collection of historic homes. Summer is also a great season to explore the Staten Island Greenbelt—a 2,800-acre network of lush parks, wetlands, open meadows, hiking trails and a picnic stop. For a fun trip with the kids, visit the Staten Island Zoo, which recently welcomed a baby tamandua, the first recorded birth of an anteater at a New York City zoo.
Manhattan's southern neighbor offers gardens and museums, authentic eats and stellar attractions.
The attraction is NYC's largest forest preserve and offers such amenities as wetlands, parks, meadows and hiking trails.
The island getaway's culinary offerings include Cajun-Creole dishes, pizza and Sri Lankan cuisine.
Home to a thriving Sri Lankan community, this area offers 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.