More popularly known as Staten Island, Richmond County is one of the five boroughs of New York City. The southernmost county in the state, Richmond is completely surrounded by water and is only accessible by bridge—the Verrazano, the Geothals or the Bayonne—or the free ferry. The most suburban of the boroughs, Staten Island is home to many wonderful attractions, including the Staten Island Zoo, the Botanical Gardens and the Snug Harbor Cultural Center. Rich in colonial history, Richmond County contains many historic parks and hot spots that are frequented by tourists. For outdoor adventure, take in one of the county's many beaches, parks and preserves. Education in Staten Island is provided publicly by the New York City Department of Education, the largest public school system in the United States. Its many teachers and administrators are among the best and the top-notch programs and curriculum are what make NYC schools famous. Also located in Richmond County are several colleges, including the College of Staten Island and Wagner College. Just a hop away from New York City and New Jersey, residents of Staten Island enjoy many wonderful benefits and features of one of the most unique counties in the state.