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Contrary to popular belief, there's much more to Staten Island than just landfills and Mob Wives. The Snug Harbor Botanical Garden and Historical Center is just a hop and skip away from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, and offers a true escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Or, if you prefer the sand, take the X1 bus down from Manhattan to one of the borough's beautiful beaches. At South Beach, enjoy a summer walk down the 835-ft-long Ocean Breeze Fishing Pier, and take full advantage of the playground, handball and shuffleboard courts and seasonal concession stands. Then head over to Midland Beach to cool off in Sea Turtle Fountain's sprinklers, and replenish some of your energy with some freshly baked canolis or pignolis at Royal Crown Bakery or sample one of over 100 flavors of authentic Italian ices at Larocca's. Then cap off the day with a pizza dinner and drinks at Lee's Tavern.

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