An island, some tourists may not realize Staten Island has some of the best restaurants in New York State and there are a number of historic attractions that are fun for families with children of all ages. For example, Fort Wadsworth (with its tunnels, batteries, and fortresses) is one of the most visited forts-turned national parks. With more than 226 miles to walk and see, this may be one attraction families with smaller children may not be able to walk around the fort. They may, however, visit the outlook tower, the historic Mount Sec History House, or learn about the ecology in the area.

Fort Wadsworth is not the only outdoor or recreation attraction New Yorkers and even tourists should make time to see. It is, however, one of the longest forts in history that is open from sunrise to sunset. Whether you have a week or only a few days, here are some of the attractions you should take time out to see.

Bird Watching – If you look watching birds, Staten Island is one of the best places to go. There arean abundance of herons, purple martins, osprey, and many other varieties of birds. Staten Island boasted of being the “Greenest Borough.” Did you know there are 170 parks in Staten Island and more than 12,300 acres are protected parkland? If you do not care for the birds, keep on the lookout. You may see deer or a number of other wildlife.

Fishing – Take a walk along one of the longest in New York City. Opened in 2003, Ocean Breeze Fishing Pier is an 835-foot fishing pier that is open to the public. There are cleaning stations so anglers can dress their catch before they head home. There are so clean restrooms. Ocean Breeze is only one of two public fishing piers. Those who love fishing may also want to try their luck at Lemon Creek Park. The waters are home to striped bass, bluefish, flounder, weak fish and other varieties. Anglers also do not have to park too far away in the parking lot.

Golf - Fore! If you like bettering your putting or driving skills, spend part of the day on the golf course. With three public courses, the courses at Staten Island are said to be part of the “gold standard” among golf courses. With two of the courses over 6,000 yards, golfers may love the challenge of playing in hilly terrain, contending with natural hazards (such as a stream and wildlife) or appreciating the manicured greens.

Bicycling – Do you like simply coasting along Staten Island’s Front Bay in the evening? On the other hand, are you the adventurous type that explores the trials and goes off-road bicycling? Thanks to the terrain, there are plenty of challenges for even the most experienced cyclists. Staten Island has a number of dedicated cycling lanes, so you do not have to worry about sharing a lane with distracted drivers etc. With beginning and advanced routes, Staten Island bicycling routes are for everyone. Still, be aware portions of the bicycling route may be open to bicycle traffic only during certain evenings or times of the day.