In N.Y., Take a Free Boat Ride to History, Art and Gardens

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You've heard of the Staten Island ferry, and perhaps even ridden it, but the adventure is hardly over once you've docked.

The 59-square-mile Staten Island sits at the entrance to New York harbor between New Jersey and Brooklyn. Named after the Dutch parliament by explorer Henry Hudson, in 1898 it became one of the five boroughs that make up New York City. Since its settlement in the 17th century, its bucolic hills and shoreline have given it an almost rural ambiance. It is the least populated of the boroughs, yet it is hardly boring.

Instead of turning around and heading back to Manhattan, stay awhile and explore some of the more unusual and engaging sights beyond the ferry terminal. And you thought the highlight would be a free boat ride.

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