Silver Lake Park - Things to Do in Staten Island NY

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Who doesn't enjoy a day at the park? Silver Lake Park is located on the north shore of Staten Island. If you need an outdoor getaway, there are all kinds of things to do here! 

Located in the center of the park is a good sized lake. Trails go all the way around the lake for running and walking. It is one of my favorite places to run on Staten Island. You are away from traffic and the scenery is lovely. How far of a run is one circuit around Silver Lake Park? One complete loop around (lower trail) is about 1.6 miles. My typical target distance is 5K so I do a double loop. You can get creative with running the upper and lower trails, crossing the mid-lake pedestrian bridge, etc to make your course interesting and challenging.

For those that want to do some cycling or roller blading. Since COVID started, the vehicle road has been closed to cars every day until further notice to keep the park as a fully open NYC space for people to enjoy. (in "normal times", the road is closed to vehicles only on the weekends)


There are many park benches throughout if you'd like to sit by yourself to read a book or just relax a bit. The large grassy spots on the north side of the park are great spots to throw down a picnic blanket and enjoy some good family time.



Along the southwest and western borders of the park you will see the golfers hitting the links of Silver Lake Golf Course. Also NYC Parks Department has tennis courts and a playground for the toddlers and young children to play at. There is also a field for baseball games.

The dog run at Silver Lake is a popular hangout space for folks with canine family members. The area is fenced off in dual areas so you can feel free to let the pups run off some of their energy. Meanwhile you have a scenic spot to get some outdoor time yourself while you enjoy watching the dogs play and exercise.


The seasons of Silver Lake are spectacular! In springtime all the cherry blossoms adorn the hilly terrain. Summer comes with with the bright blue skies and the lush green all around. Autumn is truly a time not to miss, the golden and red foliage is breath-taking! Winter too is a beautiful time with the slopes covered in fresh snowfall. Bring your sled, those hills are a great time!

Summertime view of Silver Lake and mid-lake pedestrian bridge

Sunsets in silver lake are spectacular. If you plan to visit in the evening on a clear sky day, you won't be disappointed. As the sun sets in the west, it paints the sky in brilliant and beautiful colors to enjoy!

There are many interesting historical facets to Silver Lake. Originally called Fresh Pond, by the mid 1800s it became established under the new name of Silver Lake. In the 19th century, before modern refrigeration, can you imagine the ice harvesting that took place on this lake and the other lakes of Staten Island? Want to buy a block of ice to keep your food refrigerated? A 50 pound block of ice would have cost you 15 cents. What about the ice skating that was a routine sight on the lake? In 1897, the lake was the site for the National Skating Amateur Championship races. You can read more about these times, in the two Staten Island Advance articles linked above. Also, you can find out more of the lake's history by reading the "History of Silver Lake Park" post by the NYC Parks department including how it was endpoint reservoir at the end of the Catskill water supply system until underground tank system was completed in 1971.

I have lived in a Silver Lake neighborhood now for over 20 years. I have really enjoyed having a home that is under a 10 minute walk away from the park. This has allowed us to spend many enjoyable days there. Silver Lake neighborhoods on all sides are terrific place to live. If you are looking at neighborhoods to live in Staten Island for your next move, you should definitely consider looking at what houses might be available in this area.

About the author: I provide technical support to real estate agents both locally and around the country. If you need a recommendation for an excellent agent, I work with several amazing agents in the Staten Island area that I'd be glad to recommend to you! So if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Staten Island or know somebody who is, please feel free to reach out to me via the contact form located on the top right side of this page. I'd love to help you make a great connection for buying or selling a home!

For my regular blog subscribers: This localism post was an opportunity for me to stretch my blogging muscles a bit (especially with all the AR editor and styling changes lately. a few April challenge bonus points that I don't mind 😉) The teacher needs to practice once in a while too! There are several takeaway teaching points here that I look forward to teaching in future classes including SEO research and targeting, working with images, showcasing via Google Earth, etc. Stay tuned for future teaching posts to discuss more!

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Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks Craig for blogging about Silver Lake Park. That's the first time I heard about that even though I went to my graduate school in NY City

Apr 10, 2021 10:20 AM
Craig Daniels

thanks Sham! Next time you are in NYC take the Staten Island Ferry over to come visit our island ;)

Apr 10, 2021 10:46 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Great post about Silver Lake Park. Laughed when I saw the guys with the horses & ice blades. Really nice area to check out & it's nice no cars on the weekends.

Apr 10, 2021 10:40 AM
Craig Daniels

Interesting right? Ice blocks delivered to you (by horse no less). Now we just say "plug in the refrigerator!"

Apr 10, 2021 10:48 AM
Debb Janes
Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
Put My Love of Nature At Work for You

What a great blue print for the class. Thank so much for sharing this with us. You inspired me. 


Apr 10, 2021 11:24 AM
Craig Daniels

that's awesome Debb, love to hear that! :) This was a good exercise for me. I have all kinds of new how-to content for blogs and classes to work up now...

Apr 10, 2021 01:46 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376


Silver Lake Park is magnificent and seems to be able to be enjoyed in all four seasons of the year. Personally, I love the change of seasons.  

What a fantastic entry in the April Spring Challenge. What would we do without you and your AR advice and assistance?  Thank you so much for your entry 

Apr 10, 2021 11:45 AM
Craig Daniels

I really enjoy all the seasons too Hannah. I'm glad I live in a location to experience the changes. thanks for the comment!

Apr 10, 2021 01:35 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great entry for the April Challenge.  If we lived closer, this would be the perfect place to spend a day...A

Apr 10, 2021 12:01 PM
Craig Daniels

I'm sure also that you would enjoy time there. Thanks for saying hello!

Apr 10, 2021 01:36 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Cool story, I graduated HS from Silver Lake Regional in Mass. Have a terrific weekend and thanks for the post.  Bill Salvatore

Apr 10, 2021 01:09 PM
Craig Daniels

Thanks Bill for reading along. From one Silver Lake memory to another one :)

Apr 10, 2021 01:36 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Those are amazing pictures of your area, Craig.  I especially like that photo with the vivid autumn colors.  Simply stunning.

Apr 10, 2021 01:51 PM
Craig Daniels

that means a lot coming from you, thanks Myrl!

Apr 10, 2021 02:22 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Craig, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Apr 10, 2021 01:52 PM
Craig Daniels

awesome, I thought this post would have some shots the photos group would enjoy! thanks!!

Apr 10, 2021 02:23 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Craig I had not heard of Silver Lake Park before.  The next time I go to Staten Island I will make it a point of checking it out.

Apr 10, 2021 03:54 PM
Craig Daniels

It is worthy of a visit and time spent there George, thanks!

Apr 11, 2021 09:32 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Craig- well I'd say you did an excellent job with a local post highlighting Silver Lake Park!!! Thank you for stretching your muscles and participating in the April Challenge. 

Apr 10, 2021 03:57 PM
Craig Daniels

The best way to exercise is not to watch but to DO. :) thanks Kathy

Apr 11, 2021 09:33 AM
Craig Daniels

Kathy Streib - test of tagging you in a reply. I want to see if this gives you a notification

Apr 30, 2021 02:27 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Craig,  Thanks for sharing the information on Silver Lake Park.  Looks like a beautiful area - great pictures.

Apr 10, 2021 04:58 PM
Craig Daniels

Thanks Bob. I look forward to watching the stats on this one and seeing how many locals are benefiting from the info :)

Apr 11, 2021 09:34 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good moring, Craig... loved reading this post and loved all the beautiful pictures. I was raised in NYC and also lived in NYC for many years as an adult, but can't say I've been to Staten Island more than a handful of times and really know very little about it.

Apr 11, 2021 05:22 AM
Craig Daniels

Most people think of Staten Island as the where the big orange ferry boat goes on the other side of the bay! :) We do enjoy our green spaces over here. Thanks Nina :)

Apr 11, 2021 09:35 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Silver Lake Park definitely looks like a beautiful place and you would likely find me on the tennis courts.

Apr 11, 2021 05:27 AM
Craig Daniels

Should we ever meet IRL, Brian, it will surely include a visit to tennis courts! Although, I've seen your serve. I think I may be in trouble ;)

Apr 11, 2021 09:36 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Craig - I am not very(as in - not at all) familiar with Staten Island(beyond some old movie references) but your post on Silver Lake Park has opened my eyes on the possibilities of the area.  And that's a good thing - any day of the week.  

Apr 11, 2021 06:49 AM
Craig Daniels

Hi Michael. Yes you'll see us occasionally in the movies :) Glad that you are learning about some interesting places on 'the other coast' ;)

Apr 11, 2021 09:39 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Craig,
What a wonderful local post!  I need to get cracking on doing some local posts before the end of the month.

Apr 11, 2021 10:05 AM
Craig Daniels

thanks Carol! I look forward to seeing what you post for your area :)

Apr 11, 2021 10:19 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Craig what a great localism post about Silver Lake!  Something just about for everyone to partake in and enjoy.  Love the older photos too!

Apr 14, 2021 03:30 PM
Craig Daniels

It's a great place and very enjoyable. I'm glad you came over to check it out Anna! thanks

Apr 15, 2021 08:40 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Craig Daniels testing the tagging

Apr 30, 2021 02:36 PM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Craig Daniels - I never traveled to Silver Lake but wish I did when traveling was easier. I love how you showcase your community and illustrate with great photography. How you weaved your story to me was very inviting and interesting. Thank you, so much for sharing all your special gifts of who you are. Your talent is simply amazing and appreciated. 

May 03, 2021 09:25 AM
Craig Daniels

Your very kind and thoughtful words are appreciated Patricia! thanks!!

May 03, 2021 04:25 PM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP

Craig Daniels - you deserve a lot of credit for all that you do and I know it can't be easy. The way I see it, you're the heartbeat that keeps this platform beating. This particular blog post would be perfect to jumpstart the AR May Contest! 

May 03, 2021 05:30 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Craig, great post, and even though it all sounds really good, think I will make plans to go to Vermont.  Haven't ever been there.

Jan 07, 2022 06:47 PM
Craig Daniels

It's a great park for us  locals... For a destination choice from Colorado, I'd take Vermont too :) 

Jan 08, 2022 05:57 AM