New York’s least-populated borough is on the way up. With abundant green spaces, museums, and Sri Lankan restaurants, Staten Island is growing in popularity with both locals and visitors. Unfortunately, the island still doesn’t connect to the main MTA subway system. Staten Island has a rail system and a bus system, but they only operate on SI itself.
That means it can be tricky to get from Staten Island to the other boroughs. Of course, the ferry from Manhattan is an attraction on its own, and one you shouldn’t miss. But what if your group is coming straight from Jersey or Brooklyn? And what do you do once you get to the island if you have a lot of people who would struggle to navigate the bus or rail system?
That’s where GOGO Charters comes in. We’re proud to offer charter bus and minibus service to and around NYC’s most underrated borough. Give us a call at 718-576-1551 if you want to book a bus, and keep reading to learn more about all of the services we offer.
Here are just a few of the companies that have trusted us with their group transportation needs.
Whether you’re taking a group of students to the Staten Island Zoo or escorting your wedding guests to the Old Bermuda Inn, we can provide a modern charter bus with plush seats and air-conditioning to help you get around the island. Request a minibus to easily navigate residential areas, or keep your travel group together on a full-size bus for up to 56 people.
All of the buses in our network are thoroughly inspected and operated by a professional driver. If you’re traveling for work and need to check your email or share documents on the go, you can request special amenities like power outlets and free WiFi. Want to keep a group of kids entertained? We can find a bus with a DVD player and a flat-screen TV. Just let us know what you need when you call.
Staten Island boasts many popular destinations for school trips, from a zoo and a children’s museum to an entire historical village. If your school doesn’t have its own buses or needs an air-conditioned bus for your students’ comfort, give GOGO Charters a call when you start planning your group trip. Here are a few of the most popular destinations for school trips in Staten Island:
Put a documentary about animals on your bus’s flat-screen TV while you drive to the Staten Island Zoo, where you’ll find more than 1,100 animals and educational presentations that align with NY’s educational standards. Say hi to the zoo’s signature groundhog, Chuck, and then meet leopards and playful meerkats. You can also sign up for special programs for after-school or scouting groups or for a professional development course for teachers.
Address: 614 Broadway, Staten Island, NY 10310
If you’re planning a trip to this interactive museum, a charter bus offers an easy, safe way to get all of your students there. Your kids can play in an interactive fire station, put on a show on a child-sized stage, or learn about bugs and flowers. Ask for a bus with free WiFi so your students can do research on their own devices before taking part in a Museum-Go-Round, Art Immersion, or Science Immersion experience led by a museum educator.
Address: 1000 Richmond Terrace Building M, Staten Island, NY 10301
Another popular destination for field trips on Staten Island, Historic Richmond Town is a living history village and farm with period homes, working shops, and open-hearth kitchens that you can tour with your kids. It’s easily accessible from most major bridges, which means a bus or car is one of the easiest ways to get there.
Address: 441 Clarke Ave, Staten Island, NY 10306
Staten Island only offers a few wedding venues, but the ones it has are beautiful. Choose a spot in Snug Harbor’s botanical garden to serve as the backdrop for your ceremony, and then head to the Old Bermuda Inn or the Grand Plaza for an elegant reception.
If you have friends and family coming in from out of town, you can save them a lot of stress by booking a shuttle to take them from their hotel to the ceremony and reception. Don’t force your best friend to rent a car or risk one of your parents getting on the wrong bus. After a night of drinking and dancing, all of your loved ones can settle into plush seats while a professional drives them home safely. Check out these Staten Island wedding venues:
Staten Island is known as “the borough of parks” for a reason. Almost one-third of the island is green space, and many of its parks contain recreational facilities like playgrounds, baseball and soccer fields, and tennis courts.
If you’re bringing your crew to take on the West Shore Little League team or escorting a track team to the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex, you can stash your bats, gloves, and other sports equipment in the storage space beneath the bus. The buses also come with overhead space for backpacks and snacks and plenty of legroom so your athletes can stretch out after a game. We’ve listed some of SI’s most popular athletic facilities below.
Spanning 135,000 square feet, this indoor track-and-field facility is certified by the International Association of Athletics Federation. It has a hydraulically banked competition track that can incline up to 4.5 feet and change from 6 to 8 lanes. It also boasts a warm-up area with fitness and cardio rooms, a parking lot with space for 160 cars, and views of the water and the downtown Manhattan skyline.
Address: 625 Father Capodanno Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10305
In addition to woods filled with wildlife and a five-acre lake, Willowbrook Park has tennis courts, baseball fields, and an archery center. If you have young athletes, you can take them to the Carousel for All Children after the game. This special carousel is designed to be accessible for kids with and without disabilities, so all of your athletes and their siblings or friends can ride together.
Address: 1 Eton Place, Staten Island, NY 10314
More into watching sports than playing them? The Staten Island Yankees, a minor-league affiliate of—well, you can probably guess—play at Richmond County Bank Ballpark. Treat your kids or coworkers to a ballgame, take in stunning water views, and cheer on players who may one day end up at their major-league affiliate in the Bronx.
Address: 75 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301
Staten Island isn’t home to as many businesses as Brooklyn or Manhattan, but it is home to many families who live in SI and commute to the other boroughs each morning. If your business relies on employees who live on the island and the ferry is delayed, you could easily end up with most of your office empty.
A long-term employee shuttle offers an alternative to relying on the ferry. Even when the weather is rough, a shuttle bus can carry your employees safely from Staten Island to your office while they check their email with free WiFi or lean back and relax.
Most tour groups headed to NYC tend to stick to Manhattan or maybe Brooklyn, but it’s a mistake to neglect New York’s other boroughs. If most of the people in your group have been to the city before, you should seriously consider adding some stops in Staten Island to your itinerary.
Most of the museums in Staten Island are located at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, a Smithsonian affiliate. Scattered throughout the beautiful gardens, you’ll find the Newhouse Center of Contemporary Art, the Noble Maritime Collection, and the Staten Island Museum (the children’s museum is here too!) You can ask your bus to drop you off at the entrance to the garden so you can explore on foot.
Don’t limit yourself to Snug Harbor, though. The island also provides a home for the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, the first museum in the U.S. dedicated to Tibet’s art and culture. Nestled in a Himalayan-style building surrounded by a peaceful garden, the museum offers film screenings, lectures, and tai chi and meditation classes as well as artwork. Add the Marchais and a few other museums to your itinerary to create an unforgettable tour of Staten Island.
Address: Building C, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301
Address: 1000 Richmond Terrace #8, Staten Island, NY 10301
Address: 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301
Address: 338 Lighthouse Ave, Staten Island, NY 10306
Like all of New York City, Staten Island is packed with important historical destinations. The Crimson Beech, aka the Cass House, stands in the Lighthouse Hill neighborhood and is the only house in NYC designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Although it’s privately owned, you can walk by the outside to take photographs.
SI is also home to the Alice Austen House. One of the first women photographers to work outside of a studio, Austen captured more than 7,000 photographs of life in New York during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The house she inhabited with her life-long partner now houses many of her photographs and is a nationally designated LGBTQ history site.
Other popular historical destinations include Fort Wadsworth, one of the oldest military installations in the U.S., and Staten Island Borough Hall, a 1906 building that contains original WPA murals painted in the 1940s. If you’re trying to see multiple historical sights and have people in your group with limited mobility, you can book an ADA-accessible bus to take you to all the destinations on your itinerary.
Address: 48 Manor Ct, Staten Island, NY 10306
Address: 2 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10305
Address: Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island, NY 10305
Address: 10 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301
When you’re visiting the culinary capital of the U.S., you may not immediately think of traveling out to Staten Island to grab some food or beer. But you should! In addition to two independent breweries that are beloved by locals, Staten Island also features Enoteca Maria, where the concept is food cooked by nonnas (grandmothers) from around the world. In the mood for Chinese? Try Jade Island, which once received a visit and positive review from Anthony Bourdain.
If you opt to drink at the restaurants or breweries you visit, make sure you arrange your transportation ahead of time. GOGO Charters is happy to provide a minibus with a professional driver who can serve as your DD.
Address: 40 Minthorne St, Staten Island, NY 10301
Address: 62 Van Duzer St, Staten Island, NY 10301
Address: 27 Hyatt St, Staten Island, NY 10301
Address: 2845 Richmond Ave, Staten Island, NY 10314
When you’re ready to explore New York City’s most-overlooked borough, give GOGO Charters a call. We’ll take you from Manhattan or Brooklyn to the Alice Austen House, the Staten Island Children’s Museum, and Enoteca Maria, and then we’ll carry you safely back to your hotel. With air-conditioning and plush seats, a charter bus is the comfiest way to make sure you see all five boroughs.
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