“A Small Town in the Big City,” Staten Island is the southernmost borough of the city and state of New York. Known for its beaches, historic landmarks, parks and museums, Staten Island offers a range of activities for everyone. The magnificent Verrazano Narrows Bridge spans from Staten Island to Brooklyn. It’s the longest suspension bridge in the United States, and serves as the starting point for the TCS New York City Marathon each November.
The Staten Island Ferry (free to all on-foot passengers), is an attraction in itself. Sail for 25 minutes from Lower Manhattan and marvel at close up views of the Statue of Liberty, along with magnificent views of New York Harbor and the Manhattan cityscape.
The island features numerous attractions for all ages, such as The Staten Island Zoo, which is home to over 300 species. Other family-friendly destinations include The Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, the Noble Maritime Collection, and the Staten Island Children’s Museum.
Additionally, take a trip to New York City’s only historic town & farm. Richmond Town is an authentic museum complex with over 30 original structures showcasing 17th-century American life. Join a tour with a local guide, and let the unique tales of each house transport you back to Staten Island’s incredible past.