Located at the southwest tip of Staten Island, The Conference House sits at the shore and features several historical houses which date back well into the the 19th century, some even dating back to the Revolutionary War. The site often hosts walking tours and concerts by the Staten Island Philharmonic.
A reenactment of the historical 1776 meeting of members of the Continental Congress (including Bejamin Franklin and John Adams) with the British Admiral Lord Richard Howe will take place on the grounds on September 15 2012.
This article also profiles the historic Public Library on Amboy Road (the first to be built on Staten Island and the first NYPL to be funded by Carnegie) and Egger's, a vintage counter-top ice cream shop with homemade ice cream and soda fountain.
The trip is guaranteed to take you out of the fast-paced city-vibe of New York for a little while.