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Address: Staten Island Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Bldg P, Staten Island, NY 07095
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: A replica of a typical scholar's garden from the Ming Dynasty, this is one...
A replica of a typical scholar's garden from the Ming Dynasty, this is one of the newest additions to the Staten Island Botanical Garden.
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A Garden of Secret Delights

For $1, you will be treated to one of the most serene and lovely gardens in New York. It is peaceful and beautiful, with surprises at every turn. Each scene and view is more... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

For $1, you will be treated to one of the most serene and lovely gardens in New York. It is peaceful and beautiful, with surprises at every turn. Each scene and view is more delightful than the one before it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This garden was created by actual Chinese workers who came from China to construct it. It has everything you would expect in a chinese garden, beautiful landscaping, paths and water features. It's a wonderful place to come and relax and let your troubles melt away.

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Staten Island, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

I actually thought this seemed more rundown then in past visits. However, if you are looking for a tranquil spot to visit, you will have a great time. Self-guided tours with boards you can carry, make it more interesting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

The perfect place to take pictures or just chill out. An amazing oasis in Staten Island where you can enjoy peace and quiet and the beautiful park that surrounds the Scholar's Garden. I love finding a nice quiet spot with a good book to unwind.

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Forest Hills, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Another hidden beauty within the Staten Island Cultural center. The $5 admission fee was worth every cent. The garden was serene, peaceful and beautiful. There were a lot of photographers taking different angles of the garden. The day was gorgeous and sunny out and it was truly a great visit. I felt like I was in a different place other... More 

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Staten Island, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We recently visited the Chinese Scholars Garden at Snug Harbor Staten Island. What a pleasant surprise. The grounds surrounding the garden were just beautiful and peaceful. This reproduction also included several coy ponds abound with fish, turtles and fauna. I would recommend this site to all tourists looking for a great nature diversion from the hectic NYC scene. Just take... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

So close to the Ferry and City, the Botanical Garden is reinventing this long standing garden into a variety of "Foreign" Gardens letting you take a trip abroad and gaining insight to the culture of the country who's garden you visit. The Scholar's garden is charming and children and adults enjoy it and have a wonderful time examining its treasures... More 

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Glen Rock, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

What a cool surprise, to find this place! Loved the Chinese Scholar's Garden located at Snug Harbor on Staten Island. There is a admission price but totally worth it. The gardens and architecture are beautiful and feel very authenic. Even though we weren't the only people there, it felt very private and peaceful. If you are into photography, it's a... More 

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Staten Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

being a native staten islander who always pined to visit China, this site immediately appealed to me . You will not be disappointed . Visit and imbibe the experience. Finally got to china three years ago , and it was certainly representative of what I saw throughout China.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I had visited twice and it was quiet with not many visitors. But place is small but authentic Chinese architect Dislikes-no furnitures / in room decoration. limited hours

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