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Discover Staten Island… it’s So Interesting!

Joyce Suss - April 7, 2017

Staten Island is The Greenest Borough. Staten Island has more than 170 parks – with more than 12,300 acres of protected parkland – and that’s more than one third of the Island's total land mass!


There are lots of recreational options. Try ice skating at Clove Lakes, swimming at South Beachhorseback riding at Clay Pit Ponds State Park, strolling at Snug Harbor Botanical Gardens, biking on the New Springville Greenway, or bird watching at Mount Loretto Nature Preserve – as well as lots of traditional parks with playgrounds and ball fields. Staten Island has several challenging golf courses. Prefer to watch the action? Take in a Staten Island Yankees game!


Staten Island has many cultural attractions. The Staten Island Museum is the newest addition at Snug Harbor Cultural Center. A wide variety of entertainment takes the stage at the St. George Theatre. History buffs will enjoy Historic Richmond Town, Fort Wadsworth, the National Lighthouse Museum, The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere, Garibaldi-Meucci Museum and much more.


You’ll find fun for kids of all ages. Visit the Staten Island Zoo, the Staten Island Children’s Museum, Supreme Chocolatier, Rab’s Country Lanes or Roller Jam. “Pirate Park” can be found at the Seaside Nature Wildlife Park in Great Kills. Ride the Carousel for All Children at Willowbrook Park. And warm weather brings a wide variety of outdoor festivals.


Enjoy an international feast of food. Staten Island is justly famous for its pizza and Italian cuisine, but you can also try Sri Lankan, Mexican, Greek, Indian, Asian, German, steakhouses, Cajun/Creole, Spanish, seafood, fusion – and so much more!


For New York City tourists, it’s close to everything at a fraction of the price. Visitors can select from quaint bed and breakfast inns like Hartshorne House Bed & Breakfast, high-end hotels such as Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn Express, The Hampton Inn and Suites or Comfort Inn, and everything in between. Staten Island is also a great place for your next conference or convention.


Shop in Staten Island – and save on tolls! Shop in small boutiques and family owned businesses along many local shopping corridors; the Staten Island Mall (which has started a large expansion project); Bricktown Centre in Charleston, and large commercial developments along Hylan Boulevard and Forest Avenue. Coming soon: the Empire Outlets Mall and the NY Wheel just steps from the Staten Island Ferry.


And don’t forget the best free attraction in New York! Take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry, with picturesque views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and lower Manhattan – and it’s free!

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