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Staten Island NYC - Fun & sun

17th May 2016 - 9:30am

Staten Island

Staten Island

While there may not be palm trees, New York City’s Staten Island offers many possibilities for fun in the sun with a side of history and culture.    Its miles of sandy beaches and nature trails, free summer concerts on the beach and beautiful historic homes, the borough is New York City’s hidden secret waiting to be explored.   The summer fun starts with a ride from Lower Manhattan to St. George on the free Staten Island ferry.   Visitors getting off the ferry can walk to the Richmond County Bank Ballpark, where the Staten Island Yankees will play their home opener on Saturday 18th June.   All summer long, fans can enjoy a game of baseball along with post-game fireworks on Friday and Saturday nights.   For outdoor family fun, the Staten Island Greenbelt is the borough’s system of connected parkland and nature preserves throughout the middle of the island, complete with bike paths, hiking trails and Nature Center, known as NYC’s ‘biggest little zoo’.   Visitors can enjoy the surf and sand at Midland Beach and South Beach on the East Shore, where they can also stroll along the Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk with its picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

Staten Island’s rich history can be traced at its museums and historic sites.   Visitors can discover the borough’s history and contributions to the City’s art and culture at the Staten Island Museum    The museum has two locations, one just outside the St. George Ferry Terminal and a brand-new LEED-certified building at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden. Snug Harbor was once a sailor’s retirement village and today is the location of the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden, one of two authentic Chinese gardens in the country.   Right up the street is one of the neighborhood’s beloved cultural spots, the St. George Theatre, which has seen the likes of Al Jolson, Diana Ross and Jerry Seinfeld perform on its stage.

The former residence of one of America’s earliest groundbreaking female photographers, the Alice Austen House Museum in Rosebank pays homage to Alice Austen with a permanent collection of her documentary work and other photographic exhibitions.   Situated not too far away is Fort Wadsworth—one of the oldest military installations in the country, which guarded New York Harbor during the Revolutionary War.   After exploring these cultural institutions on the North Shore, visitors can hop on the Staten Island Railway to Tottenville for a tour of The Conference House, site of the Revolutionary Peace Conference of 1776 held between John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and other significant figures in American history.   In Historic Richmond Town, visitors can take a walk back in time through restored homes and a museum that depict how Americans lived in the early 1700s.


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