Staten Island is a great place to live and play. We get to enjoy the benefits of the big city, but with a smaller, more community-centered lifestyle. Now that summer is over, the weather will start to cool down and we will get to experience all that autumn has to offer. Here are a few ways to have fun on Staten Island this fall.
- 1776 Peace Conference Celebration. Right after the Revolutionary War started, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Edward Rutledge met with British Admiral Lord Richard Howe on Staten Island to try to bring an early end to the war. However, the negotiations failed, and the rest is history. Celebrate the 241st anniversary of this event on September 9th at Conference House Park.
- Von Thun Farms. Every weekend starting on September 23rd, you can visit Von Thun Farms for pumpkin picking, a corn maze, pick-your-own apples, hayrides, and more.
- Staten Island Oktoberfest. On October 14th, the Staten Island Marine Corps League will host its annual Oktoberfest. There will be games, live music, food and drink for the whole family to enjoy.
What is your favorite way to celebrate fall on Staten Island? Here at Bell Mitsubishi, we love serving all of our friends and neighbors here on Staten Island during this season.
Summer might be on its way out, but there is still plenty of time to load the kids into your trusty Mitsubishi and pay a visit to one of the many exceptional Staten Island museums. The many curiosity-inducing, family-friendly museums and historical centers are the perfect places to have some fun and get your kids back in the mood for learning before they head back to school.
Here are a few of our all-time favorite Staten Island attractions:
Located right in Tompkinsville, Fort Wadsworth is one of the oldest military forts in the United States. This daunting stronghold used to be impossible to enter (especially if you happened to be British in the 18th-century), but nowadays it’s easy to access: Fort Wadsworth has free admission and is open dawn to dusk.
Historic Richmond Town
This collection of 28 landmarked buildings lets kids and adults alike live like they’re back in the late 1600s, using 17th-century tools and exploring the oldest schoolhouse in America. Richmond Town is open from 1:00 to 5:00 pm, Wednesday to Sunday, with daily guided tours at 2:00 and 3:30 pm.
Staten Island Children’s Museum
Staten Island Children’s Museum is the ideal spot to let your kids run wild to explore and learn. With ultra-fun exhibits and activities, like a real fire truck, insect house, and a functioning foghorn to toot in the Sea of Boats, there’s zero chance of boredom here!
If you think you may need a new transporter to get your brood to-and-fro this school year, stop by Bell Mitsubishi today to see our wide selection of family-first vehicles!
After you’ve gotten a month or so into summer, it can be hard to cook up ideas for outdoor activities for families. That’s why we at Bell Mitsubishi have a few suggestions for what to do around Staten Island.
Historical Homes and Architecture
The 267-acre Conference House Park is not only beautiful, but contains four historic buildings. Other attractions like Fort Wadsworth, the Alice Austen House, and the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum are sure to interest history buffs. New York City’s only historical village – Historic Richmond Town – is sure to delight you and your family with period costumes and an authentic cultural experience.
Staten Island Zoo
Who doesn’t love animals? Come see all sorts of critters at the local zoo, ranging from the cute and friendly to the unusual and dangerous. Plus, it can be educational for the little ones.
Biking and Hiking
Staten Island offers visitors and residents alike a variety of scenic, green spaces, preserved for your enjoyment. Many of the parks in the area have well-maintained trails on which you can hike or bike. Just remember to bring snacks!
A more unusual and unique way to explore the beautiful sights of Staten Island, kayaking can be fun for the whole family. Slather on some sunscreen, rent a kayak or two from a local rental shop, and head out for a peaceful day on the water.
Whether you’re exploring the local town or headed out into the wild, Staten Island provides plenty of outdoor activities for families.