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Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens

Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden

Year Round

1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
Running a bit to seed but still magnificent, this collection of Greek-Revival buildings on 83 acre grounds that once housed retired seamen is getting some much deserved attention and serves as a haven of the arts, history and gardens on Staten Island.  Snug Harbor includes the Music Hall, art exhibits and artists in residence programs in its Main Building and Hall and more.  In 2008 the Staten Island Botanical Gardens and Snug Harbor Cultural Center merged.  The Noble Maritime Collection and the Staten Island Children's Museum are also on the grounds.  You can get a healthy bite at Neptune's Bistro located on Chapel Road near the Great Hall. (Note: Neptune's Bistro is undergoing renovations.  Try R.H. Tugs just down the road on Richmond Terrace or head back to St. George for lunch.)
Fees:Fee
Ticket prices:Grounds are free. Some individual institutions on the grounds charge admission.
Ticket info:
Good for:All
Hours:Tuesday- Sunday, 10am-5pm Grounds are open from dawn to dusk.
Website:www.snug-harbor.org
Phone:(718) 448-2500
Bus:S40 bus from the Staten Island Terminal, Richmond Terrace to Snug Harbor (about 10-minute ride). Let the bus driver know that you want to get off at Snug Harbor. The stop in front of the main pedestrian North Gate is a bit dangerous for crossing. If you have children or a large party, ask to be let off at the following stop, past Snug Harbor Road and head for the West Gate.
Other:www.snug-harbor.org/Info_and_Contact.html for driving directions.
Parking on site:Yes
Several open air parking lots close to East or West Gate entrances of the Snug Harbor Campus. Check Snug Harbor Cultural Center Site Map for parking location is closest to your destination. Use East gate for Children's Museum, Music Hall; West Gate for Botanical Gardens, Noble Maritime Collection, either gate for most other locations.
Bathrooms:Yes
Located in visitors center and museums on campus.
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St. George Theater visits and box office

St. George Theater

Year Round

35 Hyatt Street, Staten Island
2 blocks from St. George Ferry Terminal
Opened in December 1929  for vaudeville and movie showings, the theater is a masterpiece seating over 2,500 people with unobstructed views thanks to the massive cantilevered balcony.  Visitors and theater goers are treated to velvet seats, gilded balconies and  grand staircases in the Italain and Spanish Baroque styles. Check out the stained glass chandelier in the lobby and the many murals, tiled foutnains and statues.  Thanks to the renovations begun in 2004 and just receently completed, New York City once again has a maginificent venue to enjoy theater and music.
Fees:Free
Ticket info:The inside of the theater can be visited whenever the box office is open and no performances are being held.
Good for:All
Hours:box office hours:Weekdays, 9:30am - 2:00pm; Saturday & Sunday,closed unless show is scheduled. Visitors may view theater interior whenever box office is open.
Website:http://www.stgeorgetheatre.com/
Phone:(718) 442-2900
Other:Walk out of ferry terminal to Richmond Terrace. Walk toward your left (west) to Hyatt Street. Turn right on Hyatt, walk 2 blocks.
Parking on site:No
On street parking or municipal parking lot across Hyatt street.
Bathrooms:Yes

Staten Island Botanical Gardens

Staten Island Botanical Gardens

Year Round

1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
Part of Snug Harbor Cultural Center grounds. Closest entrance via West Gate House.
The administrations of the two institutions have recently merged.
Home to New York's Chinese Scholar's Garden and several intriguing horticultural collections and gardens which are maintained through the winter.
Children can explore Connie Gretz' Secret Garden modeled after its literary equivalent, the Secret Garden by  Frances Hodgson Burnett with a 3-foot evergreen maze leading to the secret garden housing a castle with moat.  Adults will enjoy the seasonal display in the climate-controlled Carl Grillo Glass House (limited visiting hours, call ahead). 
The Chinese Scholar's Garden masters the contemplative mood no the matter the season with pavilions, walkways and walls enclosing eight courtyards and a tea house.  You'll find a light bite at Cafe Botanica (Tues-Fri 10a-5p, Sat-Sun 9a-6p) and a very small gift shop houses the garden's ticket sales and information.

Tips:
If you are looking for an unusually beautiful place to take a family holiday photo, try the Chinese Scholars Garden. Everywhere you turn there is an interesting backdrop.
Fees:Fee
Ticket prices:Chinese Scholars Garden Adults $5, Seniors, students, children under $4. Connie Gretz' Secret Garden Adults $2 (free if with a child), Children $1, free with admission to Chinese Scholars Garden. Grounds and World Trade Center Educational Tribute Center- free
Ticket info:Obtain tickets at Visitors Center and Gift Shop on College Row accessed from the West Gate or Chapel Road.
Good for:All
Hours:Winter hours begin November 1: Tuesday-Sunday, 12-4pm. Grounds open Monday-Sunday, dawn to dusk.
Website:www.sibg.com
Phone:(718) 273-8200
Bus:S40 bus from the Staten Island Terminal, Richmond Terrace to Snug Harbor (about 10-minute ride). Let the bus driver know that you want to get off at Snug Harbor. The stop in front of the main pedestrian North Gate is a bit dangerous for crossing. If you have children or a large party, ask to be let off at the following stop, past Snug Harbor Road and head for the West Gate.
Parking on site:Yes
West Lot
Bathrooms:No
Use Snug Harbor Visitor Center

Staten Island Children's Museum

Staten Island Children's Museum

Year Round

1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
On Snug Harbor Cultural Center grounds. Closest entrance is East Gate or pedestrian only North Gate House.
The museum is interactive and hosts lots of programs for children during the weekdays and weekends.  Children will enjoy events about Native American beading and totem poles in November reflecting the island's Lenape residents.  In December model railroads arive and a full holiday schedule begins.  An Eid Celebration of the Muslim Faith is on the weekend of December 5-6 and a Hannukkah Celebration happens on December 12-13.  Children herald in Chirstmas December 19-20 preceded by KidsCook Christmas Treats on December 18.  On December 26-27, children learn about Kwanzaa. Check the calendar for complete event details.
Fees:Fee
Ticket prices:$5 for all over the age of one. The museum is free several holidays: November 11 - Veterans Day, December 29 - Winter Recess, January 19 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Ticket info:
Good for:Children
Hours:Tuesday-Sunday, 12-5pm. Closed Mondays (except most school holidays). When NYC public schools are closed the museum has extended hours, Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. 3pm closing December 24th and 31st.
Exhibitions here are interactive. The museum also hosts creative workshops replete with hands-on, first hand experiences.
Phone:(718) 273-2060
Bus:S40 bus from the Staten Island Terminal, Richmond Terrace to Snug Harbor (about 10-minute ride). Let the bus driver know that you want to get off at Snug Harbor. The stop in front of the main pedestrian North Gate is a bit dangerous for crossing. If you have children or a large party, ask to be let off at the following stop, past Snug Harbor Road and head for the West Gate.
Other:From Staten Island Expressway (Rte 278) take Exit 13 ( Clove Road ). Turn north on Clove Road (right if coming from Brooklyn, left if coming from New Jersey ). Take Clove Road six traffic lights to Bard Avenue . Turn right on Bard Avenue and follow to the end (Richmond Terrace). Turn right on Richmond Terrace and go three blocks to Tysen Street . Turn Right on Tysen and go one block to Fillmore St . Turn right and enter Snug Harbor .
Parking on site:Yes
East Lot
Bathrooms:Yes
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Staten Island Ferry, from Staten Island

Staten Island Ferry, St. George Ferry Terminal Staten Island

Year Round

Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
It may be blustery outside but for some of us, getting out on the water to experience both Staten Island and Manhattan as islands reminds us of the maritime role that the city played and still plays in world commerce.  Today commuters cross to Manhattan on the free ferry and the rest of us are welcome to take the ride and view the New York Harbor too. Ferries leave on the half hour and take 25 minutes to cross. From Staten Island this is the most scenic way to get to Manhattan and get a nice view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

Tips:
Paul Sorvino narrates a cell-phone tour about the ferry and sites it passes. Dial 718-297-8687. From Manhattan ferry landing, the nearest subway trains are the N,R,W at Whitehall St or the #1 at South Street. Walk west (left) along South Street for Battery Park, Castle Clinton National Monument, American Indian Museum and other downtown attractions in easy reach.
Fees:Free
Good for:All
Hours:7am to 11pm daily on the half hour. Holiday schedules apply on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Weather and visibility delays possible.
Website:www.nyc.gov/dot
Bus:Staten Island buses S40, S42, S44, S46, S48, S51, S52, S61, S62, S66, S67, S74, S76, S78, S81, S84, S90,S91,S92, S94,SS96,S98
Train:Staten Island Railway
Parking on site:Yes
Limited parking in lot next to Staten Island Yankee Stadium one block west of ferry.
Bathrooms:Yes
On ferry and in terminal building
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