Staten Island, New York – When people talk about visiting New York City’s tourist attractions, most people immediately think of Manhattan.
While Manhattan has the lion’s share of tourist attractions, Staten Island is rich in museums, parks, and cultural institutions that bring thousands of people across the harbor or across the bridge each year.
Dataherald collected data on foot traffic at tourist attractions across the five boroughs using location data from mobile phones, including Facebook check-ins, Instagram location tags and other social media and location collections.
Using location data doesn’t show the full picture of how many people visited Staten Island’s attractions, however, it does provide an idea of the town’s most popular places for tourists.
Check out the list below to learn about the top 10 Staten Island tourist attractions.
The Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden currently houses 28 buildings on 83 acres of land and offers a variety of cultural experiences.
The Art Lab, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Noble Maritime Collection, Snug Harbor Artist Residency Program, Staten Island Museum, The Music Hall, Staten Island Children’s Museum, and Heritage Farm are located on the property. In addition, there are nine featured botanical gardens, the New York Chinese Scholar Garden and the Richmond County Savings Foundation Tuscan Garden.
Franklin d. Roosevelt Boardwalk
In 1935, New York City acquired this property and underwent renovations by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Department for Business Progress. The pass was dedicated to the governor and the former president in 1939.
Greenbelt Native Botanical Center
Lucy Rubino, director of the Greenbelt Native Plant Center, oversees the 13-acre facility of greenhouses, nurseries, and a seed bank complex. Workers here put the plants in various stages of meticulous care, from collecting seeds, buying them, cataloging them, planting seedlings and watching them come to fruition before selling them to local consumers.
Sandy Land Historical Society
Regarded as the oldest continuously inhabited free settlement in the country, Sandy Ground is one of the many sites that once existed in New York City – most others have now been completely wiped out. Filled with 150 black-owned homes, each built and centered around the Rossville African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church (founded in 1850, and an important stop along the Underground Railroad), the neighborhood was home to farmers, businessmen, doctors and more. An influential resident of Staten Island. Its name refers to the sediment-rich soils found in that part of the town. The area was initially cultivated as farmland, and its sandy soil was a fertile environment for strawberries and asparagus.
Staten Island Borough Hole
Located at 10 Richmond Terrace in St. George, Staten Island Borough Hall houses the Borough President’s office and the offices of the Building and Transportation Departments and other civil offices.
National Lighthouse Museum
Constructed in 1862 by the United States Lighthouse Service (USLHS), the Staten Island Lighthouse Depot—now home to the Lighthouse Museum—was the primary manufacturing, warehousing, supply, and maintenance center for the American Lighthouse District III.
50/50 Ski Park
Not only is 5050 Skatepark used for indoor ice skating, skating, and skateboarding, the owners often rent it out for birthday parties, community events, and filming for TV shows and music videos. They also operate an online store that sells bikes, skateboards, and scooters, as well as ski and cycling accessories.
Mount Carmel shrine
The Grotto of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Rosebank was hand-built in 1937 by members of the Society of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. It is listed on the National and State Register of Historic Places at 36 Amity Street.
Conference House Park is a great destination for both garden and history buffs. Located in the far south of New York State, this park includes four historic buildings that trace the town’s history over three centuries. The Convention House, Biddle House, Ward House, and Rutan Beckett House all tell of New York and America are from the past,” says the city’s Department of Parks.
Garibaldi Meucci Museum
Formerly known as the Garibaldi Memorial, the museum is maintained by order of the Sons of Italy. The featured house includes a sketch of Meucci’s invention “teletrofono,” as well as photographs, letters, and some Garibaldi medals and memorabilia related to both Garibaldi and Meucci.
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