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Snug Harbor Cultural Center

Attractions, Parks and gardens Staten Island
The Chinese Scholars Garden at Snug Harbor
Photograph: Courtesy Snug Harbor

Time Out says

Sitting just a ferry ride away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, this Staten Island gem, a former home for retired sailers, is still somewhat of a secret. Spread across 83 acres, the area boasts an enormous botanical garden and cultural center surrounded by cobblestone streets and tiny paths of Victorian and Tudor homes. One of the most popular attractions here is the Chinese Scholar’s Garden, fitted with magnificent rocks meant to resemble mountains inspired by the poetry and paintings of Confucian, Buddhist and Taoist monks, as well as a bamboo forest path and Koi-filled pond.


Address: 1000 Richmond Terr
New York
Cross street: between Snug Harbor Rd and Tysen St
Price: $5, seniors and students $4, members and children 12 and under free
Opening hours: Tues–Sun 10am–5pm
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