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A visit to New York City’s greenest borough almost always begins with a scenic ride on the Staten Island Ferry. Not only is the trip free, but it provides prime views of Lady Liberty and the Lower Manhattan skyline, so get your camera ready. The ferry docks in St. George, a neighborhood accented by architectural and historic hidden gems waiting to be discovered. The St. George Theatre, which dates back to 1929, showcases family-oriented music, comedy and dance, and its interior is in grand baroque style. From here, hop a bus to the Alice Austen House Museum, which displays its namesake photographer’s works, including images of the island from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It’s also an opportune time to partake in holiday-themed fun at Historic Richmond Town—a village featuring costumed colonial characters living and working amid period buildings, many of which are original.
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
Personalized tours led by a lifelong Staten Island resident.
Enoteca Maria | enotecamaria.com | 718-447-2777
Mangia! Sauce-laden Italian dishes are homemade by authentic nonnas.
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden | snug-harbor.org | 718-448-2500
Stunning tree-lined complex houses impressive gardens and historic buildings.
Staten Island Children’s Museum | statenislandkids.org | 718-273-2060
Fun, educational exhibits and a special play area for kids of all ages.
Staten Island Museum | statenislandmuseum.org | 718-727-1135
Home to fascinating exhibitions, including one of the largest assemblages of cicadas.
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.