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Snug Harbor Cultural Center

Attractions, Parks and gardens Snug Harbor
5 out of 5 stars
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The Chinese Scholars Garden at Snug Harbor
Photograph: Courtesy Snug Harbor

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.

By: Dan Q Dao


Venue name: Snug Harbor Cultural Center
Address: 1000 Richmond Terr
New York
Cross street: between Snug Harbor Rd and Tysen St
Opening hours: Tues–Sun 10am–5pm
Price: $5, seniors and students $4, members and children 12 and under free
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  • Saturday July 27 2019

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Was the reviewer even there?  The botanical garden is NOT very large, and the cobblestone streets and houses are in the surrounding neighborhood of Livingston, not in Snug Harbor itself.

If you arrive by ferry you will need to take a cab, bus, bike,  or walk the more than a mile along Richmond Terrace, an industrial corridor, to get there.

Snug Harbor has something for everyone. A children's museum, gardens, and the jewel, the Snug Harbor Museum which serves as a history, cultural, and art museum. MUST GO!

Wonderful place for all ages, for walk , relax or picnic or just to join a wonderful events, one of my number 1 favorite place all times . Beautiful area must see

Snug Harbor is an absolute gem! Whenever I visit from Brooklyn, I'm always amazed at how relaxed and inspired I immediately feel. Whether it's the flowers and trees or the Chinese Scholar's Garden or an art show that's happening, I feel like I've escaped the big city and am in my own special place. If you haven't visited yet, you're missing out!