Best Places to Visit in Staten Island

Cross the Veranzo Narrows Bridge from Brooklyn and you reach Staten Island, the largest and least populated borough of New York. Often ignored by tourists, there are some great things to experience if you’re willing to leave the busier parts of the city.

Staten Island Ferry

Taking the Staten Ferry is a cheap and affordable way of getting some great views of the Statue of Liberty, the skyscrapers of Manhattan and the bustling New York waterfront. The ferry service operates 24 hours a day when there isn’t a tropical storm. The ferry plies its trade across the New York bay between lower Manhattan and Staten Island.

September 11 Memorial

Many of the people who lost their lives on September 11 lived on Staten Island. The memorial is located close to the Staten Island ferry terminal with a great view over the waters towards Manhattan.

Historic Richmond Town

A great place to spend a day, Richmond contains one of the oldest surviving homes in the United States. This is just one of the many sites that you can see in this historic part of town. Other points of interest include the cemetery where Ichabod Crane can be found (the main character in Sleepy Hollow).

Botanical Garden

No day should be complete without a walk in the park. The Staten Island botanical garden is a great place to relax and unwind when the sun is out and the weather is warm. At this time of year it’s probably advisable to just have a quick walk around.