As one of New York City’s five boroughs, Staten Island sits along New York Bay at the southernmost point of the state. Staten Island consists of luscious parks and historical districts that all host a number of attractions that are perfect for people of all ages. Here are some sights that are worth checking out on a day trip to this island.
Staten Island Zoo
The Staten Island zoo is known for being just big enough to walk around in comfortably, while still containing a nice variety of animals and exhibits. One of the highlights here is the petting zoo, which is a favorite among children. The younger members of your group will also delight in the carousel, which is available for a nominal charge. Enjoy the excellent reptile and aquatic exhibits, along with the ample free parking that makes this zoo one of the easiest attractions on the island to access.
St. George Theater
The St George Theater is located in the historic St George district in Staten Island. The 2800 seat venue opened its doors on December 4th, 1929. The theater was opened by Solomon Brill, who once owned Nickelodeon with William Fox, of 20th Century Fox. Brill’s goal was to bring “top of the line vaudeville” to Staten Island for an admission of only 75 cents. Currently playing at the theater are productions like Wizard of Oz, The Last Dragon, American Giants of Science, My Heart in a Suitcase: A Holocaust Story, Curious George, and many more.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach
This beach along the Atlantic Ocean consists of 2.5 miles of shoreline that extends from a former military installation known as Fort Wadsworth to the Gateway National Recreational Area. This beach is best known for its paved path that runs parallel to the ocean, because it is where people go to walk, jog, ride bicycles or simply enjoy the scenic views. During the summer, you can enjoy swimming in the cool water and listening to live music from some of the restaurants located along the boardwalk. The FDR boardwalk is also a great place to host a picnic or get a group of friends together for a softball game.
No structure on Staten Island has quite as much historical significance as the Conference House. As one of the oldest structures in NYC, Conference House dates to the 17th Century, and is located at “Billips” Point”, which is the southernmost tip of New York State. It is famous for hosting the Staten Island Peace Conference on September 11, 1776. This conference was attended by Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and other patriots in an attempt to end the Revolutionary War. During a tour of the Conference House, you’ll be greeted by interpreters in period costume who will allow you to experience what life might have been like during the home’s heyday. Other special events such as BBQ dinners, art festivals and a variety of summer workshops are held from time to time as well.
Peter Cooper Village Stuyvesant Town
A day trip to any of these Staten Island attractions is easy to plan when you live in one of the comfortable apartments located at Peter Cooper Village Stuyvesant Town. These spacious no-fee rentals provide you with access to a gym, play area for children, tennis courts and a host of other amenities right in the heart of Manhattan. Contact us today to schedule a showing.