A weekend jaunt to Staten Island can be a real adventure especially if it’s the first time taking in the sights and sounds of one of New York’s famous boroughs. Even if you’ve visited before, there’s plenty to see and do to fill your weekend itinerary.
A must do when visiting is taking a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. The 25 minute ride provides panoramic views of New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The ferry runs daily, including weekends, from the Whitehall Terminal in Manhattan to Staten Island; and it’s free.
If you enjoy the wild side of things, then a trip to the Staten Island Zoo is for you. Visit the many species of wildlife, reptiles, aquatic creatures and birds in the tropical forest, African savannah, reptile wing and aquarium. Have lunch at the Zoo Cafe then head to the animal hospital to see the babies.
Several museums offer a look back in time at the area’s history. These include the Staten Island Museum, Sandy Ground Historical Museum, Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art and The Children’s Museum.
Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy strolling through the many themed gardens at this 53-acre natural woodland housing the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden.
Step back in time at historic Richmond Town. Spend the day in the 100-acre park depicting 17th century life. There are over 30 historic structures that include the oldest schoolhouse in the U.S. and the 1695 Voorlezer’s House. Throughout the village visitor’s see people plying their trade such as tinsmiths, blacksmiths and soap makers. Stroll on your own or take a guided tour.
The September 11 Memorial is a solemn yet uplifting sculpture and a place for quiet reflection.
When planning a trip, it’s always a good idea to have your car checked out and serviced before hitting the road. The last thing you want is to have your car break down leaving you to find a local repair shop. To avoid this type of situation, schedule an appointment at Paul Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall dealership.
At the dealership, factory trained technicians can take a look under the hood. Whether it’s an oil or filter change for your car or a new set of tires, the folks at Automall 66 will have you on your way with a road worthy vehicle in no time.