Staten Island is the least crowded of the five boroughs of NYC. It is found southwest of the other boroughs. Oftentimes nicknamed the forgotten borough by its own residents, it’s a population of just under half a million. Here are a couple of interesting attractions to see, in case you are planning a trip to NYC and plan on seeing Staten Island with your kids.
Take the Complimentary Commuter Ferry
The Staten Island Ferry is a commuter ferry that carries an average of 60 thousand passengers daily. That is about 20 million passengers annually. It joins Staten Island to Manhattan via the New York Harbor. The 5-mile ride lasts about half an hour.
Why really would you need to take a commuter ferry during you trip to New York City? As it passes Liberty Island, from the very best deck of the ferry, you will have magnificent views of the Statue of Liberty. You will also see Ellis Island. The ferry ride is free.
Go to Botanical Garden and the Snug Harbor Cultural Center
Botanical Garden and the Snug Harbor Cultural Center is called Snug Harbor. It is the crown jewel in the borough. The park was initially housing for retired sailors, but became a culturally varied park composed of several smaller organizations.
At Snug Harbor, you’ll find the Music Hall, the Noble Maritime Collection, the Staten Island Museum, the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, the Children’s Museum, the Art Lab, as well as the Staten Island Botanical Garden. Here is the best location for families to experience a thickly filled array of culture.
Relax in the Chinese Scholar’s Garden
At the Staten Island Botanical Garden in Snug Harbor, you’ll find the Chinese Scholar’s Garden. This garden comes recommended by travelers. It is an authentic Chinese garden. The materials were sent to NYC in 1998 and 40 Chinese artists from Suzhou created the garden.
What makes the garden bona fide? There are a significant few characteristics to traditional Chinese gardens that you will not likely find in other gardens. You will find high, curvy bridges that provide better reasons for seeing the garden. Through the entire garden, there will be running and still water that represents the arteries of the whole world. The site always enchants kids. Overall, it’s an experience that is quite relaxing.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach
The Roosevelt boardwalk was reconstructed after its damage by Hurricane Sandy. Franklin D. Roosevelt boardwalk is a good spot to walk and exercise. There’s a bike trail that runs alongside of the boardwalk. All along the 2.5 miles there are softball fields, basketball courts, volleyball and bocce. It’s a lovely fishing pier, which gets lots of use. You can picnic and play with your kids too.
There you have it, the top places to visit near Staten Island with your kids. Nevertheless, there are other places too, so explore away and have fun!