About Staten Island

Credit: Vinnie Amesse

Credit: Vinnie Amesse

There’s plenty more to see and do in Staten Island.

As the National Lighthouse Museum is located next to the ferry terminal in St. George, one of Staten Island’s main transportation hubs, visitors can use public transportation to easily access most of the island’s many cultural and recreational sites. Just across Bay Street, visitors to Staten Island Borough Hall can view an acclaimed set of Depression-Era bas-reliefs and murals that depict significant events in local history.

On the North Shore, large Victorian houses can be seen in the St. George Historic District and the St. Paul’s Avenue-Stapleton Heights Historic District. The area offers a variety of restaurants and activities within walking distance of the NLM or a short ride on a local bus. In particular, museum buffs will enjoy the Staten Island Museum, Alice Austen House, Sailors Snug Harbor Cultural Center, The John Noble Collection of Maritime Art, and the Staten Island Zoo. Farther away, but still well worth seeking out are Historic Richmondtown, the 19th Century County Seat preserved by the Staten Island Historical Society, and the Conference House in Tottenville, where in August of 1776, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Edward Rutledge met with British Army Commander Lord Howe in a last attempt to avert the American Revolution.

Bloomingdale Park

Credit: Vinnie Amesse

With over 12,300 acres of protected parkland (more than one-third of the island’s land mass), Staten Island is known as “The Borough of Parks.” Activities for all seasons can be found at the 170 different park locations. There is ice skating at Clove Lakes, swimming at South Beach, horseback riding at Clay Pits Ponds State Park, and bird watching at Mount Loretto Nature Preserve, to name but a few. Traditional parks with playgrounds and ball fields abound as do great swaths of forested land and passive parklands with nature trails and jogging paths.

For more information about all that Staten Island has to offer, go to the Visit Staten Island website: http://www.visitstatenisland.com/

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