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“Several things here worth seeing”

Snug Harbor Cultural Center
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Private Historic Tour of North Shore Staten Island
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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 presents a unique blend of gardens, museums, theaters, educational opportunities, and seasonal festivals. 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. 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. Entrance to Snug Harbor's campus is free. Entrance to the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art and the Chinese Scholar's Garden is $5. The Snug Harbor grounds are open daily, dawn to dusk. The Chinese Scholar's Garden is open from Tuesday - Sunday, 10am-5pm (last admission at 4:30pm). The Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art is open Wednesday - Sunday, 10am-5pm. Check our Facebook page for current happenings and upcoming events!
Lutherville, Maryland
Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Several things here worth seeing”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

Our favorites here include the profoundly beautiful Chinese Scholar's Garden and the Staten Island Botanical Garden. You can also frequently find interesting art exhibits here as well as musical concerts. It's a shame that Cafe Botanica no longer has a presence here: it was a great place to have a sandwich or salad after working up an appetite from roaming around this extensive facility. There are several beautiful old buildings left over from the days when these were the grounds of Sailors' Snug Harbor, a retirement facility for old sailors. There is a lot of potential here and we're looking forward to future developments including a new location for the Staten Island Museum of Arts and Sciences.

Visited October 2012
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Austin, Texas
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787 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 449 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem of a botanic garden and cultural center”
Reviewed September 29, 2012

Not only is this a great venue for weddings and cultural events, it has the New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, and an organic farm. Our tour group got a tour of the main building where the "aged and decrepit" sailors once lived, including "shin bone alley". The Scholar's Garden is not like anything you would expect to see at this location and well worth the fee for entrance.

The organic farm is impressive, and offers their produce for sale on Tuesdays. They also donate unsold produce to a local food bank.

They also host several festivals at various times during the year.

Visited September 2012
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Webster, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great Wedding Venue”
Reviewed September 21, 2012

My cousin was married in the garden so beautiful the reception hall amazing. Every English style garden. When she walked between the large fountains it was like watching a movie. So beautiful

Visited September 2012
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Stratford, Canada
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“a moving hightlight of our trip to NYC”
Reviewed September 18, 2012

Snug Harbor is a beautiful green space with gardens including our destination - the New York Chinese Scholar's Garden of which we had read prior to our trip. We only had a couple of hours so headed directly to the Scholar's Garden but Snug Harbor is a vast complex which includes facilities for the performing and visual arts as well. Those buildings (many being renovated) lent a grandeur to the place and were a delight to walk by. The Scholar's garden is a serene setting designed to escape the frenetic activity of Manhattan. We happened to visit on September 11, the day the New York Fire Department held a gathering to commemorate the sacrifices made on 9/11. It was profoundly moving and sad to witness the firefighters and their families dealing with their significant loses. In my view, they chose the perfect place for such reflection.

Visited September 2012
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Jaipur, India
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“Nice Day Spent”
Reviewed September 16, 2012

Snug Harbor Cultural Center is located at 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY. This place has something for everyone and the whole family can spend the day nicely by watching history, agriculture, horticulture, performing arts, and visual arts.

This place provide breathtaking backdrop for special events like musical or theatrical performance, classroom instruction, conference location, outdoor concert, fesival, or film shoot.

It’s educational programs and workshops are designed as interdisciplinary, hands-on experiences that enable students to explore their creativity, discover their community and learn classroom subjects in new ways.

This place is a pride of Staten island and a nice visit for people who want to spend a day out.

Visited September 2012
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