Although it is easy to get there by car, the best known, free and with the best view route is the ferry, it lasts 25 minutes and is a great opportunity to take pictures of the Statue of Liberty and New York in general. Now St. George terminal has, from floor to ceiling, glass for panoramic views of the harbor and the incoming ferries, once in the island, the terminal is a gateway to many sightseeing within walking distance, including Museum of Staten Island and St. George historic theater; a little further away, Tibetan Art Museum of "Jacques Marchais" presents an impressive collection of sculptures, paintings, and objects in a quiet environment.
Staten Island is the only district that is not connected to the city of New York Metro system, it’s connected to New Jersey by three bridges and Brooklyn by the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
The Staten Island Museum often offers natural history walks that provide knowledge in many areas. Island’s Zoo was the first zoo to exhibit all 32 varieties of rattlesnakes known to exist in the United States. In late 1960, the zoo keeps a complete collection of rattlesnakes in the world with 39 varieties.
Staten Island is the most unknown district for the general public and the least populated with only 500,000 inhabitants, more buildings from the colonial era are preserved than anywhere else in New York. One of the most stunning spots on Staten Island is the Historic Richmond Town, it’s a rural village full of restaurants where you can see houses dating from the seventeenth century and invites you to step back in time to the past of the island. And with more than 170 parks throughout the district, there is always a reason to take the air or just enjoy what nature has to offer.
To take great pictures of the Statue of Liberty without having to take a tour or pay something, Take the Ferry.