Staten Island
Travel Guide

Staten Island, New York City 

Parks & Gardens


Staten Island is the greenest borough in New York City with nearly 20% of the island occupied by parklands. There are more than 170 parks on the island with many of the larger parks in New York City located here. The island’s parks feature a diversity of landscape including open fields, woodlands, marshes, meadows, valleys, and sandy beaches. The parks also support a variety of plant life and wildlife including migratory birds. Popular outdoor activities include hiking, jogging, fishing, kayaking, and swimming.

Wolfe's Pond Park, Staten Island (New York City)

Wolfe's Pond Park by Jim Henderson

The Staten Island Greenbelt comprises of seven contiguous parks, centrally located on Staten Island. The Greenbelt features forested hills, meadows, wetlands, and kettle ponds and a diversity of flora and fauna. Great Kills Park is a coastal park featuring scenic nature trails as well as opportunities for swimming and fishing along the beaches. Clay Pit Ponds State Park was once a mining area and now home to woodlands, wetlands, ponds, streams, and sand barrens. Clove Lakes Park features three scenic lakes and scenic trails through wooded areas.

Clove Lakes Park by Brenda Blue

Wolfe’s Pond Park, located along the coast of Staten Island’s South Shore, offers wooded areas, marshes, ponds, and a sandy beach - there is a pond for freshwater fishing and beach for saltwater fishing. Conference House Park is located on the southern tip of Staten Island and the historical Manor House, at the park, was where American and British representatives unsuccessfully discussed to end the American Revolutionary War. The Staten Island Botanical Garden is an oasis of greenery and comprises of 20 themed gardens.

Conference House, Staten Island (New York City)

Conference House by Dmadeo


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