Just off the Ferry
Bay Street Corridor Journey
After your free ride and perfect view of the Statue of Liberty, venture off the boat and discover the fantastic things to do within a short walk of the Ferry. Discover what awaits just a few minutes’ walk in either direction of our iconic ferry boat.
Fort Wadsworth, 210 New York Avenue 10305, (5a.m. – 10p.m.) Open every day *self-guided tour*
Alice Austen House, 2 Hylan Boulevard 10305, (11a.m. – 5p.m.) Open Tuesday – Sunday *self-guided tour*
Museum of Maritime Navigation and Communication, 1208 Bay Street 10305, (9a.m.-5p.m.) Open Monday-Friday
Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, 420 Tompkins Avenue 10305, (1p.m. – 5p.m.) Open Wednesday – Saturday
Full Day (includes lunch & dinner options)
Half Day (just lunch options & choice of museum – includes Fort Wadsworth)
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’s 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.
Alice Austen House
After a trip through Fort Wadsworth, hop back on the S51 bus going toward the Staten Island Ferry (or walk about 25 minutes) to the Alice Austen House. Alice Austen was a female photographer who documented life in the late 1800s and early 1900s. This site also has picturesque views of the Verrazano Bridge and a small park to relax and enjoy. Travel back to Bay Street and stop for a quick lunch at J’s on the Bay, Montalbano’s, or Tony’s Brick Oven Pizza all located on Bay Street.
Museum of Maritime Navigation & Communication
After that, visit the Museum of Maritime Navigation and Communication which is 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. A 15 minute walk later, you will find yourself at the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum- the former home of Antonio Meucci, the true inventor of the telephone, and Giuseppe Garibaldi, an Italian revolutionary. After a tour, make your way back to Bay Street for dinner and drinks at Bayou, or a simple bite to eat at Pronto Pizza or Yummy Taco.
Take the S51 bus back to the St. George Ferry Terminal. Before heading back on the boat, go to the observatory deck to see a night time view of the Manhattan skyline.
Option: For a night cap, hop off the bus at the Bay Street/Victory Boulevard stop to go to Flagship Brewing Company. From there, it is a short 8 minute walk to the ferry or an inexpensive taxi ride.
Half Day Option – Fort Wadsworth – choose either Alice Austen House or Garibaldi-Meucci Museum – stop for lunch at food options listed above, hop back on bus to go back to ferry.
National Lighthouse Museum (11a.m. – 5p.m.) Open Tuesday – Sunday
Borough Hall, 10 Richmond Terrace 10301 (9a.m. – 5p.m.) Open Monday – Friday
St. George Theatre, 35 Hyatt Street, (Hours vary: book a tour in advance with Eric Petillo, Box Office Manager, at 718-442-2900 x 503 or firstname.lastname@example.org) Open Monday – Friday
9/11 Postcards Memorial Open All Day
Full Day (includes lunch & dinner options)
Half Day (includes lunch – NLM, St. George Theatre, Lunch, Postcards)
Get the 10:00a.m. Staten Island Ferry from Manhattan and arrive at the St. George Ferry Terminal. First stop is 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. Journey back to Richmond Terrace and make a right. Face Borough Hall and walk across the street, go up the stairs (the Courtyard will be on your right) and at the top make a left to get to the entrance. Right in the lobby of Borough Hall are 13 numbered murals depicting Staten Island’s history. The building, constructed in 1906, features beautiful French Renaissance design elements and a high clock tower. Stop for a quick lunch steps from Borough Hall at Bella Giornata, Marie’s 2, or The Gavel Grill. After lunch, go up the hill on Hyatt Street to the St. George Theatre, opened in 1929 as a vaudeville and movie palace. You need to schedule a tour prior to visiting, but it is well worth the effort. The ornate Spanish/Italian interior design, winding staircases and oversized chandeliers are just a piece of this architectural and entertainment gem. Enjoy dinner near Borough Hall with authentic Italian food from Enoteca Maria or Spanish cuisine at Beso. End the day at the 9/11 Postcards Memorial found to the left of the Richmond County Ball Park, home of the Staten Island Yankees. A stunning and somber memorial to the 275 Staten Islanders, the memorial features two fiberglass structures resembling postcards, perhaps being sent to lost loved ones and frames a view of where the Twin Towers once stood.
Half Day Option – National Lighthouse Museum and Pier Views or St. George Theatre tour, Lunch on Bay Street, Hyatt Street or Stuyvesant Place, 9/11 Postcards Memorial visit and Staten Island Yankee Stadium walk by to go back to ferry.