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One fast, free and scenic way to begin your visit to Staten Island is with a ride on the Staten Island Ferry, which departs from the Whitehall Terminal in Lower Manhattan. During your trip you'll enjoy sweeping views of the Lower Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, all while taking in the cool fall breezes of the harbor. Once ashore, you’ll want to explore the St. George neighborhood, home to the St. George Theatre, Staten Island Yankees and standout steakhouse Ruddy & Dean. Further out in the Greenbelt area, discover the City's greenest borough with 2,800 acres of woodlands and several hiking trails—perfect for autumnal walks. It’s also an opportune time to visit Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, a sprawling green oasis housing the Staten Island Botanical Garden, with its lovely autumn floral displays and gardens, and the Staten Island Children’s Museum.
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.
Dine on mouthwatering (and spicy) cuisine, shop at exotic grocers and pick up some sweets for the ride home.
Carreta Tours | carretatours.com | 917-699-7004
One-of-a-kind tours led by a native Staten Islander.
Fort Wadsworth | nps.gov
Explore this famous fort’s many batteries, tunnels and fortresses.
Historic Richmond Town | historicrichmondtown.org | 718-351-1611
Take a trip back to the Colonial era in this living history village.
Staten Island Museum | statenislandmuseum.org | 718-727-1135
View natural-history artifacts, including a colorful wall of insects.
Staten Island Zoo | statenislandzoo.org | 718-442-3101
Two bat-eared foxes are recent additions to an already-extensive collection.
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.