Whether you love singing sea shanties, are interested in maritime life, or just adore lighthouses, you’ll want to learn about Staten Island’s contributions to the maritime industry and lore over the years.
Fort Wadsworth, 210 New York Avenue 10305, (5a.m. – 10p.m.) Open every day *self-guided tour*
Museum of Maritime Navigation and Communication, 1208 Bay Street 10305, (9a.m.-5p.m.) Open Monday-Friday
National Lighthouse Museum, 200 The Promenade at Lighthouse Point 10301, (11a.m. – 5p.m.) Open Tuesday – Sunday
Noble Maritime Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace 10301, (1p.m. – 5p.m.) Open Thursday – Sunday
Full Day Option
(includes a visit to all four cultural attractions and a lunch break and dinner options)
Get an early Staten Island Ferry ride (the 8:30 or 9:00 a.m. boat recommended) from Manhattan and arrive at the St. George Ferry Terminal. Catch the S51 Bus at Ramp B to go to Fort Wadsworth, one of the Oldest Military Sites in the U.S. Take it to the Bay Street/ Sea Gate Road stop and follow signs to the Fort Wadsworth’s visitor center. Take your time on a self-guided tour to explore the 200 year old site and the structure that was used to protect invaders from New York Harbor. Picture perfect views can be seen from Fort Tompkins and Battery Weed. After your visit, journey to the Museum of Maritime Navigation and Communication located on the corner of Bay Street and Hylan Boulevard. This museum is dedicated to the preservation of marine electronic equipment and local maritime history, which Staten Island has plenty of. You will take about a 10 minute bus ride on the S51 back from Fort Wadsworth in the St. George Ferry direction. Get off of the S51 at Bay St/Hylan Bl and the museum will be across the street.
Feel free to take a lunch break on Bay Street after your tour. Bin 5 is a Michelin-rated bistro with New American cuisine just minutes away from the Museum of Maritime Navigation and Communication going down Bay Street toward Maryland Ave. In the opposite direction, J’s on the Bay offers a great 50’s-style vibe with diner style food.
Once you’ve stopped for a quick bite to eat, your next destination will be the National Lighthouse Museum. Take the S51 Bus from Bay Street/Hylan Blvd, right in front of the Museum of Maritime Navigation and Communication, to the Bay St/Borough Pl. Walk about 3 minutes to the National Lighthouse Museum. Walk straight to the Ferry Terminal Viaduct, turn right then head down Promenade at Lighthouse Point. The Museum should be on the right. The National Lighthouse Museum – constructed on the former hospital site in 1862 by the United States Lighthouse Service (USLHS), the Staten Island Lighthouse Depot was the key manufacturing, storage, supply and maintenance center for the US Lighthouse Service’s 3rd District. After your tour at the museum, take in the views of the pier and New York Harbor right next to the museum.
Your next and final stop will be the Noble Maritime Collection at Snug Harbor. From the Lighthouse Museum, walk through the Terminal parking lot and follow the signs to the Ferry Terminal. Take the S40 Bus, for about 20 minutes, on Ramp D to Richmond Terrace/Sailors S H Gate. Walk about 5 minutes into Snug Harbor and follow the signs to the Noble Maritime Collection. – OR – Walk to Richmond Terrace and head west about 35 Minutes to Snug Harbor. The museum celebrates the site’s history as a retirement home for sailors with period rooms, including a typical mariners’ dormitory room from 1900.The Noble Maritime Collection preserves and celebrates contemporary maritime life and its history.
Head to dinner at Blue, a waterfront spot serving American & Mediterranean lunch & dinner just across the street from Snug Harbor. Walk back to the S40 Bus stop (St. George Ferry direction) and take it to the last stop at the St. George Terminal, then follow the crowd to the Ferry Terminal. – OR – Walk to Richmond Terrace and head east about 35 Minutes to the St. George Ferry Terminal and take the next boat home.