Relax at Snug Harbor on Staten Island. In Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens, you will find a beautiful place to explore nature and maritime history. Featuring acres of wetlands, 14 botanical gardens, and 28 historic buildings, this place is every photographer’s dream.
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French for “avenue”, the Alleé is a pathway to Cottage Row and the Tropical Border. This tranquil walk through the center will give you a perfect backdrop for some stunning pictures with over 100 Hornbeam trees.
Staten Island Museum
For science lovers, this is one museum that will keep your attention for hours, with one of the best collections of natural science artifacts. It is showcasing four thousand years of art and the history of Staten Island as permanent exhibitions. You will also find displays that include fossils, pressed plants and flowers, and around half a million species of insects.
New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden
You don’t have to go to China to find the perfect Zen spot, you will find it right here in New York. With rock formations, koi ponds, waterfalls, and bamboo-lined paths that will transport you to the Ming Dynasty era of China.
The Noble Maritime Collection
Most people don’t realize that Snug Harbor was originally a refuge for retired sailors. This collection of photos, videos, documents, and artifacts will give you the history of Staten Island’s seafaring forgotten past.
Staten Island’s Children’s Museum
If you have kids or are just a big kid at heart, check out this interactive museum. It features giant chess and dominoes, theater shows, a world of bugs, and a walk through the rainforest.
It is refreshing to know that there is such a serene place like Snug Harbor in a city that never stops.
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