Staten Island Children's Museum

Interactive exhibitions, such as Great Explorations and It’s a Dog’s Life, and creative workshops foster youngsters’ natural creativity and curiosity.

Hours: Tu-Su noon-5 pm

Admission: $6 general admission, grandparents on Wed & children under 1 free.

Staten Island Ferry

Though its primary function is serving as a commuter ferry, visitors can take it round-trip to experience stunning views of New York Harbor. Best part: It’s free! Departs weekdays every 20 minutes during rush hours and every half hour nonpeak, weekends every half hour.

Staten Island Museum

Located just two blocks from the Staten Island Ferry terminal, this museum showcases exhibits of local artists, history and natural science.

Hours: M-F 11 am-5 pm, Sa 10 am-5 pm, Su noon-5 pm

Recommended admission: $5 adults, $1 seniors (65+)/students, children 12 and under free

Staten Island Zoo

Families can venture from the African savannah to a tropical rain forest at this zoo, which also offers pony rides and a children’s center. Daily 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. $8 adults, $6 seniors (60+), $5 children 3-14, under 3 and Wed 2-4:45 p.m. free.

Statue of Liberty

The 151-foot neoclassical statue, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, was a gift from France to the United States in 1886, and is known worldwide as a symbol of freedom and democracy. Statue Cruises operates a daily ferry service to Liberty Island: 201.604.2800.

Strawberry Fields

The 2.5-acre meditative section of Central Park dedicated to musician and peace activist John Lennon celebrates his vision of world peace.

Hours: Daily 6 am-1 am

Admission: Free

Strivers' Row

This late-19th-century urban housing experiment in Harlem comprises up to 130 town houses that vary in style from Georgian-inspired to neo-Italian Renaissance. Among the prominent African-American residents, whose professional status gave the enclave its name, are musicians Eubie Blake and W.C. Handy.

Subway Map Floating on a New York City Sidewalk

Belgian artist Francoise Schein embedded concrete rods into the city sidewalk, forming an 87-foot-long 1970s subway map.

Tenement Museum

Turn-of-the-20th-century immigrant life on Manhattan's Lower East Side is illustrated through guided tours of authentically preserved tenement apartments.

Hours: Daily 10 am-6 pm (last tour 5 pm) Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

Admission: $25 adults, $20 seniors (65+)/students, children under 6 not admitted.

The Americas Society

Literature, music, visual arts and public policy programs aim to foster an understanding of the contemporary political, social and economic issues confronting Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada. Most events are free and open to the public.

Hours: W-Sa noon-6 pm

Admission: Free


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