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Roosevelt Island Aerial Tram

59th Street and Second Avenue, New York City, NY 10022 (Manhattan)
212 832 4555
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Ranked #48 of 851 attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Trams
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La Crosse, Wisconsin
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Use your metro card to get a spectacular, aerial view of the city and the East River. The tram runs every 15 minutes, so it gave us enough time to relax at the park, along side the East River before catching a tram back. A must do!

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Chicago, Illinois
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Check out blog havesisterwilltravel (have sister will travel)! Great view of New York...High Line, Chelsea Market, Roosevelt tram, Bemelman's Bar and lots more.!!

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Bagshot, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

Great value as you can use your subway Metro Card. Wonderful views that are really worth the 5 minute journey. Everyone else is queuing in stationary towers to see NY. Here you are moving! It is well worth making sure you position yourself on the side opposite to the bridge as this will give you a clear view. We enjoyed... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We took our two boys on this joyride before dinner at serendipity. It may have been the highlight of their trip. Easy walk to serendipity and Dylan's candy bar after returning. Great views of city and river!

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Trondheim, Norway
18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

If I wasn'ta big fan of GTA IV (set in New York), I would't have know about the tramway from Manhattan to Roosevelt Island. I easily rank it amongst the Staten Island, Brooklyn Bridge type attractions in NYC. There are two trams running back and forth, so waiting time is short, Its a quick ride, so keep your camera ready.... More

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The journey is probably no more than 5 minutes each way but the views are great - and the cost minimal (if you have a 7 day subway pass then no extra charge).

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New Jersey
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78 reviews 78 reviews
18 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We travel to NY several times a year so we have more than exhausted all the tourist locations. We have been looking for more interesting and less known activities. Tram was a short, fun ride to Rossevelt Island. Car was clean and service good. Very short wait time as two trams running and only 2.50 each way for which you... More

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Houston, Texas
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63 reviews 63 reviews
24 attraction reviews
327 helpful votes 327 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I only have one piece of advice: if you are heading towards Roosevelt island, stand towards the BACK of the tram. If you're heading towards Manhattan, stand towards the FRONT of the tram. This will allow you to view/take pictures of the Manhattan skyline. (The opposite side of the tram doesn't have a great view of anything worth seeing). If... More

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Palm City, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This is another hidden gem we just found. It's a tram that holds many people and travels above the East River to Roosevelt Island. There's a bus on the island which takes you on a short ride...this island had lots of history. Another "Don't Miss" in New York and be sure to take some pictures!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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66 reviews 66 reviews
42 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I've been to NYC a few times but never did this, so on my last trip, we decided to take this over to Roosevelt Island. It's $5 RT using your MetroCard, and I didn't feel it was worth it. The ride over is very short - but I guess it's kind of cool that you can get an aerial view... More

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