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Visit Outdoor Activites

As “The Greenest Borough,” Staten Island has tons of outdoor activities available to visitors who may want to explore the great outdoors of New York City! There is biking, fishing, hiking, kayaking that can make any trip with your family and friends the most memorable.

 

Biking:

Staten Island’s many parks and green spaces abound with trails for off-road biking. The varied terrains and difficulties make routes fun for beginners and advanced bikers.There are also a growing number of dedicated bike lanes throughout the streets of Staten Island, bringing you into the heart of the Borough and past some amazing sites.

Staten Island offers alternatives to taking public transportation with the addition of bike-sharing companies, JUMP and Lime Bike! These dock-less bikes are available to visitors and residents on the North Shore and can bring you to numerous museums and galleries so close to the Staten Island Ferry.

You can also rent individual and family bikes at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach! Find all the information you need here 

 

Birding:

Staten Island is a bird watcher’s dream. Home to the greatest habitat diversity in New York City, Staten Island is home to herons, purple martins, osprey and more. Birding on Staten Island is a great resource for information about the types of birds that live on the Island, and when and where you can best find them.

Organizations on Staten Island frequently offers Natural History walks that bring guests through the Borough’s many wooded areas. Themed treks bring people up close to nature. Please visit our events calendar (can we hyperlink to our events calendar?) to find the next Nature Walk.

You can also visit the events calendars of the following organizations:

NYC Parks (hyperlink: https://www.nycgovparks.org/)  

Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (hyperlink: https://www.siprotectors.org/)

The Greenbelt Conservancy (hyperlink: https://sigreenbelt.org/)   

The Staten Island Museum (hyperlink: http://statenislandmuseum.org/)

 

Fishing:

Staten Island has two public fishing piers. Open year round, it’s easy to get “hooked” on our piers!

Opened in 2003, the 835-foot-long Ocean Breeze Fishing Pier is one of the longest in New York City. The distinctive design, with scalloped edges and a T-shape, really makes the pier stand out! Restrooms and fish cleaning stations ensure that all anglers are happy.

In Lemon Creek Park, anglers can cast a line and catch flounder, striped bass, bluefish, weakfish, and others from the new fishing pier, with a beautifully landscaped entrance way, parking area, and cul-de-sac.

 

Golfing:

Staten Island has three public golf courses, each with its own unique attributes.

Considered by some to be the “Gold Standard” of golf courses in New York City, the course at LaTourette Park (hyperlink: https://www.latourettegc.com/) stretches over 6,700 yards of beautiful and hilly terrain. On the 14th hole, golfers are treated to a magnificent view of the historic clubhouse, which dates from the 1870s. Nestled within 455 acres of parkland, the course also offers a pro-shop, restaurant and a driving range.

1001 Richmond Hill Road,

718.351.1889

Offering over 6,000 yards of golf, the course at the South Shore Country Club is a treat. A stream and wildlife provide natural challenges and beauty, while the well-manicured greens create a fast game. For sheer variety, the holes at this course will test the skills of even the best golfer.

200 Huguenot Avenue,

718.984.0101

Just a short ride from the Ferry, Silver Lake Golf Course is popular with residents and visitors alike. The water hazards and hills on this green make the course a fun challenge for players of all levels. Located within Silver Lake Park, the aqueduct and surrounding woods sculpt a beautiful course.

915 Victory Boulevard,

718.447.5685

 

Kayaking:

One of the most unique and exciting ways to see Staten Island is from inside a kayak.

Staten Island features six public launch points for kayakers here 

Beginners are welcomed to try their hand at kayaking for free with Kayak Staten Island, an all-volunteer organization. Visit Kayak Staten Island for launch dates, events, and additional information.