10 Things to Do in Staten Island That You Shouldn't Miss

August 6, 2017 Nicolette Lion

The most suburban of the five boroughs, Staten Island is often neglected as a tourist destination. Take a ride from Manhattan on the Staten Island Ferry and get some of the best views of New York City for free, then stick around and see what Staten Island has to offer. Check out the Himalayan monastery-style Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, or visit Historic Richmond Town for a recreation of colonial New York. The beautiful Hamilton Park neighborhood was the setting for "The Godfather."
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1. Liberty State Park

at Exit 14B-New Jersey Turnpike Extension, 1 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305 +1 201-915-3400
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Liberty State Park

Reviewed By Theresa C - Allendale, New Jersey

I come here often to take photos of Manhattan and the 9-11 memorial. The park has a nice paved path along the waterfront with great views of Ellis Island and the Statue of liberty. There is also a historic rail station here, which is where you can buy tickets for the Statue of liberty ferry.

2. To the Struggle Against World Terrorism

The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, Bayonne, NJ 07002 +1 201-823-0333
Excellent
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4.5 based on 118 reviews

To the Struggle Against World Terrorism

Reviewed By Footsloggers - Ottawa, Canada

This is a very beautiful Memorial to commemorate the 9/11 tragedy. It was presented to the people of America from the people of Russia. I had previously seen very little about the sculpture other than a few photographs, nothing in the media or glossy brochures.

As a sculpture it is easy to make an interpretation, it is a single enormous, poignant teardrop hanging between two very tall pillars. Its simplicity is its beauty. Paving stones throughout the extremely small park are engraved with messages, family names, memorials and names, this is a beautiful place.

Sadly this Memorial has been sited in the back of beyond. It has been plonked right next to the cruise ship terminal, overshadowed by warehouses and on a bleak promontory jutting into the Hudson River. It's not an easy place to get to without a car, GPS doesn't recognise the address and only those determined to find it actually get to see it.

But if you do make the effort you'll see the reward for yourselves. Please go and see it.

3. Postcards-The The Staten Island September 11 Memorial

Bank st, Adjacent to Ferry Terminal Waterfront, Staten Island, NY
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4.5 based on 165 reviews

Postcards-The The Staten Island September 11 Memorial

Reviewed By jwm1313 - Staten Island, New York

On October 1,2017 Boro President Jim Otto dedicated the First Responders Memorial adjacent to Post Cards. Post Cards is the Memorial for all Staten Islanders that perished on 9/11. The First Responders Memorial is for Sraten Island First Responders that have perished due to 9/11 related diseases.
It is very peaceful and scerene offering magnificent views of MY harbor and the City.

4. The Mills at Jersey Gardens

651 Kapkowski Rd, Elizabeth, NJ 07201-4901 +1 908-354-5900
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

The Mills at Jersey Gardens

Welcome to The Mills at Jersey Gardens, New Jersey's largest outlet and value retail center with over 200 stores all under one roof! The mall is a shopper's paradise anchored by top outlets including Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Century 21, Burlington Coat Factory, Marshall's and Bed Bath & Beyond. Shop for amazing values at the best brand outlets including Michael Kors, Coach, True Religion, Nautica, PUMA, Kate Spade and Guess. The center also offers the largest Tommy Hilfiger in the US and a 20-screen AMC Theatres featuring IMAX. With daily transportation from both the Port Authority Bus Terminal and Newark Liberty International Airport, the center is a great day-trip out of the hustle and bustle of New York City and features tax-free shopping on clothes and shoes! Enjoy great dining at Johnny Rockets, Chili's and Applebee's.

Reviewed By unkybuck - Tralee, Ireland

This place was huge! We spent 6 hours shopping and probably saw a quarter of what was in the center. There's some brilliant outlets offering great deals that makes it well worth a trip. Many people (us included) brought a suitcase and started filling it to save us carting our many many shopping bags around. The centre is spacious with a large food court and lots of variety.

5. Snug Harbor Cultural Center

1000 Richmond Ter, Staten Island, NY 10301-1114 +1 718-448-2500
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4.5 based on 225 reviews

Snug Harbor Cultural Center

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, a distinguished Smithsonian Affiliate, is Staten Island's premier destination for culture and entertainment. Set within a stunning 83-acre park-like setting, Snug Harbor presents a unique blend of gardens, museums, theaters, educational opportunities, and seasonal festivals. Snug Harbor's historic grounds and Greek Revival buildings house arts organizations with the area's most vibrant and intriguing activities, providing numerous ways for visitors of all ages and backgrounds to explore. The richness of this captivating environment truly makes Snug Harbor the heart of Staten Island's social life and a must-see destination in the region. Entrance to Snug Harbor's campus is free. Entrance to the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art and the Chinese Scholar's Garden is $5. The Snug Harbor grounds are open daily, dawn to dusk. The Chinese Scholar's Garden is open from Tuesday - Sunday, 10am-5pm (last admission at 4:30pm). The Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art is open Wednesday - Sunday, 10am-5pm. Check our Facebook page for current happenings and upcoming events!

Reviewed By ddpooka - New York

There is so much happening at Snug Harbor you won't be disappointed. And during quiet times grab a book, pick your favorite garden and just enjoy the sheer beauty of the garden.

6. Bayonne Park

Park Drive, Bayonne, NJ 07002
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4.5 based on 53 reviews

Bayonne Park

Reviewed By ProfessorMoon - Bayonne, New Jersey

I have been enjoying this park and its beauty in the shadows of metropolitan New York City for more than 50 years. Make sure that you slowly drive around both the upper and lower portions of the park to see how nice it really is.

7. Richmond County Bank Ballpark

75 Richmond Ter, Staten Island, NY 10301-1950 +1 718-720-9265
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4.5 based on 204 reviews

Richmond County Bank Ballpark

Reviewed By NewYorkerluvsKeyWest - New York City

This ballpark sits on perhaps the most valuable real estate on Staten Island. The view is to die for, the facilities sufficient, the food prices astronomical, as are those at most sports venues, but the crowds continue to remain small.
It's understandable that Mayor Giuliani, a devout Yankees fan, pushed through this stadium during the late 1990s, but why here? Too much stadium and not enough attendance means not much tax revenue, while NYers paid for the place.
So, either get the attendance up to that at other venues, or call it a day. Worth the trip, but not many people come. Try it, you'll love the place but hate the empty bleachers.

8. Fort Wadsworth

Beneath Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Staten Island, NY 10305-5019 +1 718-354-4500
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4.5 based on 149 reviews

Fort Wadsworth

This fort played an important role in U.S. history starting during the Revolutionary War.

Reviewed By Jen D

Fort Wadsworth is a beautiful attraction in Staten Island. I went there for the first time on a class trip and was amazed. Great spot if you re interested in photography, as well as the local history. I highly recommend a visit!

9. Staten Island Zoo

614 Broadway, Staten Island, NY 10310-2896 +1 718-442-3101
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4 based on 458 reviews

Staten Island Zoo

A kid-friendly zoo in New York City.

Reviewed By scrappyideas - Charlotte, North Carolina

We got in free because we have a membership at a reciprocal zoo. Without the pass it would cost $8?, not expensive. Since it's a city zoo, it has fewer animals. Some of the highlights were the kangaroos, emus, giant rabbit (I never saw one so big!). It's got a petting zoo area which is an additional $3.00. It also has an amazing collection of venomous snakes. The cafeteria is run down. But overall it's a great excursion for young children. I would recommend it and go again if I'm in Staten Island.

10. New York Chinese Scholar's Garden

1000 Richmond Ter, Staten Island, NY 10301-1114 +1 718-425-3504
Excellent
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4.5 based on 114 reviews

New York Chinese Scholar's Garden

The New York Chinese Scholar's Garden is truly unique attraction that adds new dimension to our understanding of life in ancient China and serves as the perfect setting for a host of multi-cultural events. It features magnificent rockery that resemble mountains that inspired the poetry and paintings of Confucian, Buddhist and Taoist monks and other scholars. Visitors can explore eight pavilions, a bamboo forest path, waterfalls, a Koi-filled pond, Chinese calligraphy, and a variety of Ghongshi scholar's rocks including a 15-foot formation that towers over the central courtyard. The Garden is a compilation of different gardens in China. It is based on Ming Dynasty Gardens (1368-1644). The New York Scholar's garden is the one of two authentic scholar's gardens in the United States. A team of 40 Chinese artists and craftsmen spent a year in China creating the Garden's components and another six months in Staten Island as craftsmen-in-residence at Snug Harbor to complete the construction. The Chinese Scholar's Garden at Snug Harbor is one of only two authentic scholar's gardens in the United States.

Reviewed By Nathalie P

Located inside Snug Harbor, this beautiful Chinese garden can be seen for a fee. It was late in the afternoon so it was free for us. Everything was quiet and harmonious. Fishes were swimming in the pond. Sunshines were revealing the beauty of the place. Photos were great. Definitely the place to come even if it is small.

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