Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, Staten Island

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.3/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web
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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  • Walking through this cultural center area is like entering the time tunnel. It is very close to the ferry. Several buildings of Greek and Italian style with its columns and porticos, made me feel that I was walking through the streets of a scene of "what the wind". Beautiful and very well preserved.
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  • Clearly work is still underway here and some areas need a little TLC but we visited on a beautiful day and spent several hours just enjoying the lovely buildings and beautiful grounds. It was so peace...  read more »
  • Snug Harbor is a beautiful place to visit with a lot of history. It is very easy to spend the day walking the grounds and exploring the three museums, gardens and two theaters. At one point, a lot of ...  read more »
  • This is a gem on Staten Island's north shore. It's a short trip from the Staten Island ferry and easy to get to from all over the island. The top spots at Snug Harbor are the Chinese scholars garden, the secret garden, the Noble Maritime Collection and the Children's Museum. In addition it houses the Art Lab and many other attractions. This is a great place to take your young family to visit. Wear good sneakers for lots of walking. You'll be pleasantly surprised. I would recommend parking your car at the lot closest to Tysen street. When you're done exploring Snug Harbor go to Adobe Blues Tex Mex restaurant which is 5" minutes away. Great food, beer selection and a good children's menu. Enjoy!
  • This is an interesting place, but frustrating to visit in some ways. It's a bit hard to find your way around, and a lot of the various gardens and areas were either closed completely or had closed by the time we got there even though the posted hours showed they should be open. But it's a lovely place to walk around, and most everything there is free. It's a short and easy bus ride from the ferry.
  • I always walk around in Snug Harbor during the Spring and Summer. It's really a great and beautiful place to visit. I still have to take the rest of my family there. My only complaint is that I wish that during both the Spring and Summer time, I think that it's the perfect place for them to screen old movies like Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, and so on.
  • One of my favorite places on all of Staten Island. Beautiful gardens, Victorian buildings, historic landmarks, museums, maritime collections, art galleries and arts schools rolled into one magical place. Open year round. Bring your camera.
  • Snug Harbor Garden is in Staten Island but it's worth the free ferry ride. From the ferry terminal, you can take the bus or walk to the garden. I would prefer to take the bus since it's a bit far to walk there. The garden itself is pretty large. My favorite gardens are the Chinese Scholar's Garden and the Secret Garden. The Chinese Scholar's Garden is a typical Suzhou style garden that is probably the only one in NYC. It's gorgeous, pretty large in scale for NYC, and not crowded. There's a bamboo forest right outside which is very nice. The Secret Garden has a maze that if you reach the end, there's a "secret garden" you can explore. It's a nice day trip away from the crowds and noise of Manhattan.
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