What are the top 10 tourist attractions on Staten Island?

STATEN ISLAND, NY — When people talk about visiting New York tourist attractions, most people immediately think of Manhattan.

While Manhattan takes the lion’s share of tourist attractions, Staten Island is packed with museums, parks and cultural institutions that draw thousands of people across the harbor or across the bridge each year.

Dataherald collected data on foot traffic at tourist attractions in the five boroughs using cellphone location data, including Facebook registrations, Instagram location tags, and other location and media collection processes social.

Using location data does not give a full picture of how many people have visited Staten Island attractions, but does provide an idea of ​​the borough’s most popular places for tourists.

Check out the list below for Staten Island’s top 10 tourist attractions.


The current Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden has 28 buildings on 83 acres of land and offers a variety of cultural experiences.

– The Staten Island Museum on the grounds of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center. (Scott Axelrod for the Staten Island lead)

The Art Lab, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Noble Maritime Collection, Snug Harbor Artist Residency Program, Staten Island Museum, Music Hall, Staten Island Children’s Museum, and Heritage Farm are all located on the property. Additionally, there are nine distinctive botanical gardens, the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden and the Richmond County Savings Foundation Tuscan Garden.


In 1935, New York City acquired this property and it underwent renovations by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration. The walk was dedicated to the former governor and president in 1939.

Tropical Storm Fay

Pictured is the Franklin D. Roosevelt boardwalk and beach in Ocean Breeze on July 10, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Alexandra Salmieri)


Lucy Rubino, director of the Greenbelt Native Plant Center, oversees the installation of 13 acres of greenhouses, nurseries and a seed bank complex. Workers here subject the plants to various stages of meticulous care, from collecting the seeds, acquiring and cataloging them, planting the seedlings and watching them come to fruition before selling them to local consumers.

native plant center

The tent structures are called Quonset huts, an old military term, or hoop-shaped houses as nursery manager Nate McVay and other staff here call them at the Greenbelt Native Plant Center. April 1, 2022. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)Staten Island Advance


Considered the oldest permanently inhabited free black settlement in the country, Sandy Ground is one of many such places that once existed in New York City – most of the others are now eradicated entirely. Once full of 150 black-owned homes, each built and centered around Rossville’s African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church (established in 1850 and a major stop along the Underground Railroad), the neighborhood was home to farmers , businessmen, doctors and other influential residents of Staten Island. Its name refers to the sediment-rich soil found in this part of the borough. The region was first cultivated as agricultural land, its sandy soil a fertile environment for strawberries and asparagus.

Sandy Ground faces an uncertain future

In the 1800s, Sandy Ground served as a refuge for black oyster farmers who emigrated from Maryland to escape the restrictive segregation laws imposed there on the oyster trade. Here, a photo of Sandy Ground from 1932. (Staten Island Institute of Arts & Sciences)Staten Island Institute of the Arts


Located at 10 Richmond Terrace in St. George, Staten Island Borough Hall houses the office of the borough president, the offices of the building and transportation departments, and other municipal offices.


Built in 1862 by the United States Lighthouse Service (USLHS), the Staten Island Lighthouse Depot – now home to the Lighthouse Museum – was the primary manufacturing, storage, supply and maintenance center for the 3rd US Lighthouse District Service.

National Lighthouse Museum Monday, July 11, 2022

The National Lighthouse Museum is on view Monday, July 11, 2022. (Staten Island Advance/Paul Liotta)


Not only is the 5050 Skatepark used for indoor in-line skating, skating, and skateboarding, but owners often rent it out for birthday parties, community events, and filming TV shows and shows. music videos. They also operate an online store that sells bicycles, skateboards, and scooters, as well as skating and cycling accessories.

5050 Skate Park

Husband and wife team Angelica Popolano, 33, and Ed Pollio, 38, of Stapleton, own 5050 Skatepark. In 2006, the couple lobbied the city to build an outdoor skate park, which eventually resulted in South Beach.


Our Lady of Mount Carmel Grotto in Rosebank was handcrafted in 1937 by members of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society. It is listed on the National and State Register of Historic Places at 36 Amity Street.

Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel procession in Rosebank. There is a close-up of part of the sanctuary in the cave. (Staten Island Advance/Irving Silverstein)Stick-Shot


“Conference House Park is an ideal destination for lovers of parks and history. Located in the far south of New York State, this park is home to four historic buildings that trace the borough’s history over three centuries. The Conference House, Biddle House, Ward House and Rutan-Beckett House all tell of a New York and an America of the past,” says the city’s parks department.


Formerly known as the Garibaldi Memorial, the museum is maintained by the Order of the Sons of Italy. The historic house houses a diagram of Meucci’s “teletrofono” invention, as well as photographs, letters, some of Garibaldi’s medals, and memorabilia related to both Garibaldi and Meucci.

Garibaldi Meucci Museum

The exterior of the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum in Rosebank. (Courtesy of the Museum/Carol Berardi) Staten Island AdvanceStaten Island Advance


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