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Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden

  • 1000 Richmond Terr. Map It
  • Staten Island
  • Garden/Arboretum
  • Fodor's Choice

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Once part of a sprawling farm, this 83-acre community is now a popular spot to see maritime art, frolic in the Children's Museum (, or take a stroll through lush gardens.

Made up of 26 mostly restored historic buildings, Snug Harbor's center is a row of mid-19th-century Greek Revival temples. Main Hall—the oldest building on the property—is home to the Eleanor Proske Visitors Center ($5, including Newhouse Center), which has exhibits on art and Snug Harbor's history. The adjacent Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art (718/425–3524; $5, includes visitor center) shows multidisciplinary videos, mixed media, and performances. Next door at the Noble Maritime Collection (718/447–6490;; suggested donation) an old seamen's dormitory is now a museum of ocean-inspired artwork.

From the Staten Island Ferry terminal, take the S40 bus 2 miles (about seven minutes) to the Snug Harbor Road stop. Otherwise grab a car service at the ferry terminal (the ride should cost $5–$8.)

Sight Information


1000 Richmond Terr., between Snug Harbor Rd. and Tysen St., Staten Island, New York, 10301, USA

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Sight Details:

  • Grounds and gardens free; $5 New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, $5 art galleries, $8 Chinese Scholar's Garden and gallery combo ticket; $6 Children's Museum
  • Grounds and Botanical Gardens daily dawn–dusk; Chinese Scholar's Garden Tues.–Sun. 10–4; visitor center and galleries Tues.–Sun. 10–5; Noble Maritime Thurs.–Sun. 1–5 or by appt.; Children's Museum school days noon–5, summer, weekends, and holidays 10–5. Check website for more info
  • Packing a picnic is recommended


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