Staten Island Maritime Exploration

Staten Island Maritime Exploration

If you are interested in maritime life, sea shanties, or lighthouses, Staten Island offers several attractions that showcase its contributions to the maritime industry and lore.


Fort Wadsworth

  • Address: 210 New York Avenue 10305
  • Hours: 5 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily
  • Notes: Self-guided tour

Museum of Maritime Navigation and Communication

  • Address: 1208 Bay Street 10305
  • Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday

National Lighthouse Museum

  • Address: 200 The Promenade at Lighthouse Point 10301
  • Hours: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday

Noble Maritime Museum

  • Address: 1000 Richmond Terrace 10301
  • Hours: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday-Sunday

Full Day Option

This itinerary includes visits to all four cultural attractions, with recommendations for lunch and dinner.

  1. Morning
    • Take the Staten Island Ferry from Manhattan (8:30 or 9:00 a.m. boat) to St. George Ferry Terminal.
    • Catch the S51 Bus at Ramp B to Fort Wadsworth. Get off at Bay Street/Sea Gate Road and follow signs to the visitor center.
    • Explore Fort Wadsworth on a self-guided tour, enjoying views from Fort Tompkins and Battery Weed.
  2. Late Morning
    • Take the S51 Bus back from Fort Wadsworth towards St. George. Get off at Bay St/Hylan Blvd.
    • Visit the Museum of Maritime Navigation and Communication, located on the corner of Bay Street and Hylan Boulevard.
  3. Lunch Break
    • Options nearby include Bin 5 (a Michelin-rated bistro with New American cuisine) and J’s on the Bay (a 50’s-style diner).
  4. Afternoon
    • Take the S51 Bus from Bay St/Hylan Blvd to Bay St/Borough Pl. Walk about 3 minutes to the National Lighthouse Museum.
    • Visit the National Lighthouse Museum, exploring its exhibits on the history of the US Lighthouse Service’s 3rd District.
    • Enjoy the views of the pier and New York Harbor.
  5. Late Afternoon
    • From the National Lighthouse Museum, take the S40 Bus from Ramp D to Richmond Terrace/Sailors S H Gate. Walk about 5 minutes into Snug Harbor and follow signs to the Noble Maritime Collection.
    • Alternatively, walk west on Richmond Terrace for about 35 minutes to reach Snug Harbor.
  6. Evening
    • Visit the Noble Maritime Collection, which celebrates the site’s history as a retirement home for sailors with period rooms and exhibits.
    • For dinner, consider Blue, a waterfront restaurant serving American and Mediterranean cuisine, located across the street from Snug Harbor.
    • Return to the St. George Ferry Terminal via the S40 Bus or a 35-minute walk east on Richmond Terrace to catch the ferry back to Manhattan.
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