Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden

Staten Island, NY

Where are we going?

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
1000 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island
NY 10301

718 448 2500

What is there to do?

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 is where families can enjoy a nature filled day out surrounded by a unique blend of gardens, fascinating museums, theaters, educational opportunities (kids, we know you love that!), and seasonal festivals too!

It's also a place where kids can learn about cultures and history. 

The New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden adds new dimension to their understanding of life in ancient China. Kids can marvel at the magnificent rockery that resembles mountains - all of which inspired the poetry and paintings of Confucian, Buddhist and Taoist monks and other scholars. Pretty impressive!

Families who visit here can explore eight pavilions, as well as a bamboo forest path, pretty and serene waterfalls, a Koi-filled pond with adorable fish, Chinese calligraphy, and a variety of Ghongshi scholar’s rocks including a 15-foot formation that towers over the central courtyard.

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. What a fun way to get out into nature too!

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!

How much does it cost?

Adults: Gallery and Garden combo $8. Or $5 each

Children: Gallery and Garden combo $7 for students with ID, or $4 each.

Discount: Senior discounts.

Free Under: 12 years


Need a little extra help?

There are some challenges as it's an 180 year old historic site, but they are working to make the galleries, gardens and facilities accessible. There are also three parking lots for those who are mobility challenged, as well as restrooms in Building G.


When can we go?

Daily from dawn to dusk. Hours of the attractions vary to each other, and in summer/winter so check ahead online

Year round


Any top tips?

Take sun protection for those hot summer days!

I’m Hungry!

On the campus you can enjoy Harbor Eats, with light snacks and sandwiches, tacos and burgers. Then there are plenty of restaurants in the neighborhood. - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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