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The Top 10 Things to Do and See in Staten Island

The Top 10 Things to Do and See in Staten Island

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Although the locals sometimes refer to it as The Forgotten Borough, there’s a lot to remember about the greenest part of NYC. With charming and scenic views, Staten Island is severely underrated. The triangular shaped island is home to a variety of charming neighborhoods, cultural institutions, and plenty of restaurants. Here are our picks of ten of the best places to visit when in Staten Island.

St. George's Theater | © Allison Meier/Flickr
St. George’s Theater | © Allison Meier/Flickr

St. George’s Theater

You can visit this historic theater by walking just steps away from the St. George Ferry Terminal. With its original décor now all restored, the St. George Theater contributes and provides community outreach, many educational programs, and public performances. The theater has hosted a plethora of performances by both local and famous musicians and comedians, all while feeling like you’re stepping through the 1920s all over again.

St. George Theater, 35 Hyatt Street, Staten Island, NY, USA, +1 718 442 2900

Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art

If you’re looking to see something that catches your eye, the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art is the right place to visit. The beautiful museum has preserved artifacts and replicates the monasteries of Tibet all while giving visitors a look into the world of the Himalayas. The museum also presents the art and culture of Tibet by Jacques Marchais. It is the only place in the USA to do just this in the artist’s memory and to help close the gap between the world and Tibet.

Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, 338 Lighthouse Avenue, Staten Island, NY, USA, +1 718 987 3500

The Flagship Brewing Company

No children with you? Good feeling, huh? A visit to this brewery is a must. Also located in the North Shore of Staten Island, The Flagship Brewing Company is the only brewery here and was started up by a few locals avid on their share of beer. It is a great place for a casual tasting, book signings and readings, and local musicians to share their talents, so check their calendar for any interesting events before you come through. Earthy atmosphere, good company, and better beer – not much more you can ask for.

The Flagship Brewing Company, 40 Minthorne Street, Staten Island, NY, USA, +1 718 448 5284

The Richmond County Bank Ballpark | © Doug Tone/Flickr
The Richmond County Bank Ballpark | © Doug Tone/Flickr

The Richmond County Bank Ballpark

This ballpark is the highlight of any baseball fan’s day – it hosts the Staten Island Yankees, a minor league baseball team with a huge following in NYC, and both seats and food are inexpensive. If you’re looking for a day out watching America’s favorite pastime, this is definitely it, with great seating locations and a vast amount of parking on game days. Pre-game, in-game, and post-game experiences are also offered and involves the whole family, so this day brings out the fun for everybody.

The Richmond County Bank Ballpark, 75 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY, USA, +1 718 720 9265

Lenny’s Creations

If cars aren’t exactly your thing, maybe things made out of metal scrap from cars is? No, but really. These sculptures by Lenny Prince at Lenny’s Creations are made of raw metal as he twists and bends to make them as big or small as he wants, and include a variety of original art pieces that resemble insects, animals, celebrities, and even a US president. Prince has been displaying his custom pieces for the past four years, and this unique museum also has nifty gifts for friends and family back home.

Lenny’s Creations, 16 Rector Street, Staten Island, NY, USA, +1 718 759 7344

Historic Richmond Town | © LW Yang/Flickr
Historic Richmond Town | © LW Yang/Flickr

Historic Richmond Town

If you love history just as much as Staten Island does, a trip to the middle of the borough is a must. Historic Richmond Town celebrates authentic and enriching history in which the experience of 17th century America is presented through a variety of artifacts, books, concerts and events that the site hosts.

Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Avenue, Staten Island, NY, +1 718 351 1611

Hypno-Tronic Comics

There’s just something that people love about comics, and it never gets old. There’s a place for everybody at Hypno-Tronic Comics, from vintage toy collectibles to new pieces of modern-day comics. This customer-friendly place has all you need for the geeks, the nerds, the smart, the wise and is appealing to the eyes when first stepping in. Its colorful atmosphere makes it a great place to add on to an already growing collection or for starting one.

Hypno-Tronic Comics, 156 Stuyvesant Place, Staten Island, NY, USA, +1 718 720 0001

Staten Island Mall

Up for some good old-fashioned shopping? The Staten Island Mall offers a great selection of shops to choose from, including the grand Macy’s and Forever 21, with stands throughout that have little trinkets and souvenirs to share with the family. With as many as 12 restaurants plus a food court, there is no way you can go wrong by visiting this mall. Events and promotions also take place here on certain days and weekends, depending on the season, and it is almost always buzzing with a great vibe and the smiling faces of friendly employees, who are always willing to help.

Staten Island Mall, 2655 Richmond Avenue, Staten Island, NY, USA, +1 718 761 6800

Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach

This boardwalk extends about 2.5 miles off the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, with scenic views of the waterfront and the Verrazzano Bridge. South Fin Grill Restaurant is located there, with ample picnic dining areas, bike riding lanes, and a few delis. It is a pretty place to relax after a long day to watch the sunset and unwind, and a great place to come in the summer for the public beach.

Franklin D Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach, Father Capodanno Blvd, Staten Island, NY, USA

South Fin Grill Restaurant

A spacious and upscale restaurant located right on the boardwalk of Staten Island, South Fin Grill offers a large variety of seafood options. Special performances and private events are also held here. With outdoor dining also available, this restaurant is perfect for a cool summer night out with a special someone, and it could make it even more special.

South Fin Grill Restaurant, 300 Father Capodanno Blvd, Staten Island, NY, USA, +1 718 447 7679

By Amrita Singh