Living the Simple Life
Interested in Revolutionary history? Conference House Park is a great destination for both nature and history buffs. This 267-acre site features four historic buildings from Staten Island’s history.
The Conference House (Friday-Sunday) 1-4p.m.
The Biddle House (Saturdays) 12-3p.m.
The Ward House (point of interest-not open)
The Rutan-Beckett House (point of interest – not open)
Full Day Option
Get on the 10 or 10:30 a.m. boat at the Whitehall Ferry Terminal noting views of the Statue of Liberty and the Lower East Side. Arrive at the St. George Ferry Terminal and take the S78 Bus at Ramp C to get to The Conference House – the southern-most point of New York City. (Purchasing or bringing snacks and water is recommended before getting on the bus). Get off the bus at the Hylan Boulevard/Craig Avenue stop and the Visitor’s Center will be on the left. Go into the center and read about a brief history of The Conference House and park. Free rotating exhibits are featured there in the Lenape Gallery & Franklin Cove. After a brief stop in the Visitor’s Center (restrooms are also located there) walk the pathway to the historic Conference House- built in the late 1600s. Tours are available between 1-4p.m from Friday – Sunday. The house is kept in its colonial charm and has two gardens maintained by the house’s caretaker. After your tour, walk the pathway in front of the house to your right and you will passing the the Rutan-Becket House(not open for visitors) and venture to the Biddle House which also holds rotating exhibits. If you have time, stop in this other historic house. Follow the driveway and make a right on Satterlee Street. Continue until you reach Amboy Road and make a right. At the intersection of Main Street and Amboy Road stop for a bite to eat at Don Cesar Restaurant & Bar or Villaggio Pizzeria Restaurante – delicious Italian food of course! After dinner, at Amboy Road and Main Street, get on the S78 Bus to the St. George Ferry Terminal.
For the night owls, before going back to Manhattan, stop at the Bay Street/Slosson Terrace stop and have a drink at 120 Bay Café or Pier 76 – close walking distance to each other. From those two locations, it is a short walk to the St. George Ferry Terminal.