Free Things to Do on Staten Island

Just a Ferry Ride Away

You've probably heard that the Staten Island Ferry is one of the best ways to get a great view of the New York Skyline. Yes, it sure is, but what's next? After the ride, you'll be in Staten Island - but don't worry, this is actually a fun place to visit, too. The borough of Staten Island has plenty of activities, sights, and attractions. Here you'll find a zoo, some beaches, some great parks, and more. But as you know, many places in New York City can get quite expensive. So, we have assembled this list of the best free things to do on Staten Island so that you won't break the bank when you visit. Here we go!
Barrett Park Staten Island Zoo
This suburban zoo is located in West New Brighton on Staten Island. It's a small, 8 acre zoo that has reptiles, spider monkeys, donkeys, foxes, cows, and more. It's also the home of the famed Staten Island Chuck, a groundhog who predicts the Groundhog Day forecast yearly for New York City. Admission is normally $10, but it's free on Wednesday afternoons.
614 Broadway, West New Brighton, NYC, New York, 10310
Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden
On Staten Island this 83-acre garden and cultural center is home to not just gardens, but also historical buildings from the 19th century which were a home to retired sailors. Tudor and Victorian style buildings are mixed in with interesting garden areas representing different environments. A Chinese garden area has a koi pond and bamboo paths which make for a scenic walk. The cultural center hosts events and educational programs as well.
Cottage Road, West New Brighton, NYC, New York, 10301
If you're looking for more information about New York City, read Free Things to Do in Queens and Romantic Places to Visit in New York City.
Cedar Grove Beach
You'll find this fairly new beach on Staten Island. It's charming and small, and it's also wheelchair accessible. Lifeguards are on staff in the summer months, too.
Ebbitts Street and Cedar Grove Avenue, Staten Island, New York City, New York
Staten Island Children's Museum
This hands-on kid's museum includes a number of fun exhibits including the Block Harbor (a builder's dream!), large Connect Four and Dominoes games, and a human sized anthill. There's also pretend areas where kids can play firefighter and an environmental education room. Normally an admission fee is charged, but it's free on Wednesday afternoons.
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
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