While this is the most suburban of New York City's boroughs, there are lots of places off the beaten path to visit including historic sights and cultural institutions. The Staten Island Ferry is a destination unto itself, offering spectacular views of the Upper New York Bay, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island.
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St. George Ferry Terminal
1 Bay Street, Richmond Terrace
The ferry has been carrying passengers on the 5.2-mile run between Staten Island and the Whitehall Terminal in Lower Manhattan since 1905. The free ferry ride is provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Staten Island September 11 Memorial
North Shore Waterfront Esplanade adjacent to the St. George Ferry Terminal and the Richmond County Ballpark
Architect Masayuki Sono's design "Postcards" was dedicated on September 11, 2004 in honor of the island's nearly 270 residents who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Snug Harbor Cultural Center
1000 Richmond Terrace
The Noble Maritime Collection is a museum and study center located on the grounds of historic Sailors' Snug Harbor, on the banks of the Kill van Kull, just minutes from the St. George Staten Island Ferry Terminal. Founded in 1801, Snug Harbor was the first maritime home and hospital for retired United States sailors. Today, this 83-acre National Historic Landmark District is also the site of theStaten Island Botanical Garden and the Staten Island Children's Museum. Pack a lunch and eat on the grounds, or stop by the snack stand (across from the cottages, next to the conservatory, Tues. - Sun., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
Historic Richmond Town
441 Clarke Avenue
The settlement of Richmond Town began to take root in the early 1700s. Today it is a museum village of 27 buildings that tells the story of Staten Island's history. Spend an afternoon strolling around the village, or sign up for one its many educational programs or special events.
South Beach, Midland Beach, and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk
Father Capadanno Blvd and Sand Lane, from Fort Wadsworth to Miller Field
The boardwalk and beach provide scenic views of the Verrazano Bridge, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Lower New York Bay. Visitors may enjoy strolling and bicycling throughout the year.
Ocean Breeze Fishing Pier
Father Capadanno Blvd and Seaview Av
The 835 feet long pier, which opened in 2003, is a fine destination for deep-sea saltwater fishing which is permitted from October to May.
Staten Island Zoo
Opened in 1936 as the first zoo in the country specifically devoted to education about wildlife, the zoo also has offers a large assortment of programs for teachers and students.
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