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Staten Island-The Tour
..... The Quiet Borough .....
NYUCb1S 10257 Available All Year from $59 pp
Tucked away across New York harbor is a lovely island with beaches, lots of private homes, and a lot of history. The Vanderbilt family cemetery is here. Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt started building his fortune by borrowing money from his mother to start a ferry service between Staten Island and Manhattan.
Geographically closer to New Jersey, Staten Island has a lot of open land and few high buildings. It has a small town feel, with plenty of interesting places to see for a very full day. We start with a ride on the Staten Island Ferry, then visit 2-3 attractions and enjoy a hearty American Meal at a local restaurant.
- Included in Your Staten Island Tour -
- First Class Luxury Motorcoach
- Local Guide
- Staten Island Ferry Narrated Cruise
- Historic Richmond Town
- National Lighthouse Center - Fort Wadsworth
- Snug Harbor Cultural Center
- Staten Island Railway - Ride & Tour
- Staten Island Ferry Narrated Cruise -
What better way to start your tour than by taking one of the BEST boat rides in the world..... the Staten Island Ferry. Your cruise across New York Harbor offers fresh, invigorating breezes, and an opportunity to see the skyline of Manhattan. The ferry arrives in St. George, which is the main commercial area. The Staten Island Railway begins here.
- National Lighthouse Center and Museum -
Adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal is the site of the US Lighthouse service depot, opened in 1862. This is the future site of the National Lighthouse Center and Museum. All of the original buildings have Landmark status, awaiting renovation. The ten acre site is open to the public and includes an 850 foot pier, featuring the Lightship Nantucket. Guided walking tour included.
- Historic Richmond Town -
For 300 years, Richmond Town was the center of community life for the mostly farmers living on Staten Island. Today it is a living history museum, occupying 25 acres of the 100 acre site. 15 buildings represent domestic, commercial, and civic life for nearly 300 years, with restored buildings, re-enactment’s, and costumed interpreters. Very Well Done.
- Fort Wadsworth -
This fort has guarded the entrance to New York Harbor for 200 years, and was one of the most important military installations in the USA. Now managed by the National Park Service, the last military tenant was the US Nave, which departed in 1995. A guided tour of the fortifications will provide you with an exceptional look at this critical part the defense of New York. Walk the ramparts and catacomb-like passageways, and share a stunning view of the harbor where you can still see all ships entering New York Harbor. Interactive Visitor’s Center
- Snug Harbor -
Originally built as a residence for retired Seamen, Snug Harbor was founded in 1801, and by 1900 housed nearly 1000 sailors. For the past 30 years, the Greek Revival buildings have been restored and Snug Harbor has been transformed into a premier cultural center including art museums, botanical gardens, a music hall. Exceptional restoration
Staten Island - The Guided Tour - 1-888-837-7885