Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, Staten Island

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Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden , a distinguished Smithsonian Affiliate, is Staten Island's premier destination for culture and entertainment. Set within a stunning 83-acre park-like setting, Snug Harbor presents a unique blend of gardens, museums, theaters, educational opportunities, and seasonal festivals. Snug Harbor's historic grounds and Greek Revival buildings house arts organizations with the area's most vibrant and intriguing activities, providing numerous ways for visitors of all ages and backgrounds to explore. The richness of this captivating environment truly makes Snug Harbor the heart of Staten Island's social life and a must-see destination in the region.
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  • Snug harbor cultural center is very historic and interactive! I took my 6 year old daughter and we had a blast! First we started at the children's museum and spent 3 hours there! THe we wandered aroun...  more »
  • We limited our excursion to the Chinese Garden, Staten Island Museum and the Maritime Art Gallery. Was it worth traveling on the subway, ferry and taxi from Midtown? YES! The walled Chinese garden had...  more »
  • Snug Harbour has some really nice gardens. It's a great spot to walk around and see all kinds of unique plants and flowers. It is mostly free (only the Chinese gardens required admission). I do not su...  more »
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  • Such a gem! I'm torn about sharing a positive review about this place because it's not over crowded by tourists and New Yorkers like so many other public parks but then I'd be doing a disservice to Snug Harbor. Unlike the other botanical gardens of the other boroughs this one is free. The gardens are just amazing. So many beautiful flowers and themed gardens. There is a rose garden, an authentic Chinese scholar's garden with koi pond, a Tuscan garden and a secret garden with cobble path maze.
  • Snug Harbor is one of the best attractions in Staten Island but like most other attractions in the area, it suffers from a lack of recognition by visitors (and even locals) and a somewhat inconvenient location. Getting there from Manhattan takes time, requiring at least a ferry ride and a bus transfer. The good thing is the bus stops right by Snug Harbor’s gate. The magnificent buildings have been around since the 1800s and have a proud legacy of ensuring the security and well-being of the retired sailors that called it home. The place looks reasonably tidy and hosts museums, gardens, and historical monuments. Admission is free, except for some of the museums. I spent an entire afternoon in the area, which was enough to wander the grounds and see all buildings, but not visit a museum.
  • Underated quiet place in Staten island. It will keep your kids occupied for a whole day there are so many activities.. Tons of exhibits for the kids to explore like the fire truck and a real construction site And it's very nice modern and quiet, there is never alot of people there. The staff was also very accommodating
  • This place is so wonderful. The host is amazing! A really lovely place with so much sould and so many things to experience.
  • People were very helpful! The place was quiet and not very busy. The garden is beautiful and well kept.