Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, Staten Island

4.4
#1 of 6 in Museums in 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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  • The Chinese Scholar's Garden is very unique - it was well worth the trip from northern New Jersey. If you are an avid gardener, you'll be disappointed by the plantings that have been heavily invaded b...  more »
  • The surroundings of this museum are creepy but once arrived you discover the beauty of nature surrounded by ancient houses and monuments. The result is striking. You can visit a few museums or gape at...  more »
  • I visited this site with my spouse in summer and it seemed quite pleasant and relaxing: with old-style architecture, many gardens and a very interesting Museum. To get we take the ferry from Manhattan to Staten Island and once there, we took a bus that took us to the site in 10 minutes. The entrance to the site is free of charge, but if the Museum has it but is cheap and worth it.
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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.
  • Amazing, wonderful and peaceful place to recharge, heal, rejuvenate and contemplate. With a dozen of small gardens to explore and a unique Chinese Garden - botanic paradise for nature and plants lovers as well as birdwatchers! The Farm is educational and soothing to watch how it changes over the seasons. And SI museum, and all the classes at Art Lab are great, plenty of parking and good public transportation to get there.
  • 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.
  • This is the most beautiful place! Unfortunately, I have missed it for forty five years living in New York. I spent my Father's Day here with my daughter. That is the best gift for me from my daughter!
  • Great place for a cultural event-optimal parking, outdoor socializing and scenic space, stage, lighting and accoustics, backstage and bathroom facilities, comfortable and unobstructed viewing- everything you could want from an entertainment venue. I was pleasantly surprised and highly recommend that you visit or rent this locale.

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