Ever find yourself budgeting your entire trip around over-priced experiences? Then look no further than Staten Island – where we offer cultural and valuable destinations! Enhance any cost efficient itinerary (starting from Lower Manhattan anyway) with a 25-minute, picturesque ride on the Staten Island Ferry which passes the iconic Statue of Liberty and Robbins Reef Lighthouse (which was once the home of Katherine Walker who defied the odds of being one of the few female light keepers in the United States). P.S. The Noble Maritime Collection is refurbishing it to hopefully welcome tourists in the future to see first-hand how Walker once lived.
After the ferry ride, take a trip to the National Lighthouse museum where for a $5 donation – you can learn how important Staten Island was to the lighthouse industry- supplying materials to lighthouses all over the nation. Next stop – Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden! From the National Lighthouse Museum, you can walk toward Snug Harbor and make a stop at the Postcards 9/11 Memorial. This memorial is dedicated to the 275 Staten Islanders who lost their life during the September 11th attacks. It also gives visitors a wonderful view of the Manhattan skyline – perfect for the photo to show everyone back home.
At Snug Harbor (a 20-minute walk from the memorial) is an 83-acre New York City park with museums, galleries, and botanical gardens ready to explore. It’s free to get onto the campus but there is admission (each under $10 each!) to get into the Staten Island Museum, the Noble Maritime Collection, the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, and (for the kiddies) the Staten Island Children’s Museum. Pick your favorite and then grab lunch at Harbor Eats – a café on site. Picnic tables are provided or bring a blanket for your trip and have an old-fashioned picnic! The possibilities are endless and hours can be spent without breaking the bank.
There is so much more to see – so why limit yourself? Go to our website visitstatenisland.com to see all our attractions and plan ahead. Have a question? Message us on Facebook or Instagram @VisitStatenIsland – you won’t be disappointed!