Moving to St. George? Fun Fall Activities on Staten Island

Thanksgiving is a time of reflection, a celebration of the harvest and a history of shared Native American European heritage. If you are considering moving to St. George, Staten Island, your family will have access to a huge array of fun family activities this fall and winter. Seasonal happenings on Staten Island throughout November lead to the big holiday celebrations which kick into high gear in December.

Right now, Staten Island is alive with vibrant autumn colors, trail runs, tours and more. Take the kids for a leaf-peeping stroll through one of St. George’s or a nearby Staten Island park and gardens to admire fall foliage at its finest. Then get outside and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you right here in your home on Staten Island.

Just a short drive, or easy bus ride from St. George, Greenbelt is an amazing park to take the family to see the fall foliage. Consisting of 2,800 acres of interconnected open space in suburban Staten Island, the Greenbelt offers 35 miles of trails through parks and woodland. The eight-mile Yellow trail passes the ironically named Moses’ Mountain, which was created from debris from Robert Moses’s nixed plan to construct a highway through the area. From the 260-foot hill, you get a panoramic view of the surrounding treetops—the mix of oaks, sweet gum, tulip, sassafras and red maple provide a blaze of autumnal color. On the other side of the Mountain, cross Manor Road and head back into the woods toward the 90-acre High Rock Park, where you’ll glimpse ponds and clusters of red maple.

Fall Races and Hikes nearby St. George, Staten Island

With the typical Thanksgiving dinner totaling upwards of 4,500 calories, the road racing schedule provides St. George residents with a great opportunity to get outside and literally run around with your neighbors this month.

• The Staten Island Athletic Club hosts a free 3-mile “fun run” every Saturday in Clove Lakes Park year-round. This tradition has been “running” for 30 years and a wonderful way to meet other individuals in your community.

• Just before Thanksgiving is the Greenbelt Conservancy’s original 5K trail run. On Saturday, November 22, join the Fall Flat 5K Trail Race; the course travels along Willowbrook’s White Trail and around the lake (mostly flat as the name implies) and well suited for novice runners and walkers as well as competitive athletes.

• On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, the 65th Annual Lou Marli Turkey Day Run takes place at 8:00 a.m. at Clover Lakes Park. The race is free, but they are accepting donations of nonperishable food.

• Walk off all your turkey and stuffing on a two-hour hike while you enjoy the tranquility of the woods with your family. On Friday, November 28, from 10:00 a.m.-noon, Greenbelt Recreation Center is hosting their 11th annual day after Thanksgiving hike (suitable for ages 8 and up). Registration is required.

• King of the Mountain Events and the Greenbelt Conservatory join for the 4th Annual NYC Trail Festival. Choose to run a 10K, 25K, or an ultra 50K on Saturday, December 6 starting at 7:30 a.m. all in beautiful Staten Island Greenbelt.

More than one third of Staten Island is protected environmental land, preserved as public parks and scenic lookouts. As a result, St. George residents have tremendous access to the beauty of nature, so get outside and enjoy it. Give us a visit and find out for yourself why moving to St. George makes sense for runners, hikers and lovers of nature and all kinds of outdoor activities.

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