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Roosevelt Island Aerial Tram

Address: 59th Street and Second Avenue, New York City, NY 10022 (Manhattan)
Phone Number: 212 832 4555
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Ranked #30 of 616 Attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Trams, Transportation
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Type: Trams, Transportation

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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We took the tram today, a sunny and pleasant January day. For three of us a round trip cost $15.00. We loved the views but I do think you need to walk around the island to make it worth your while. We walked down to see the smallpox hospital ruins. Hard to believe something so beautiful housed something so sad.... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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45 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Great way of reaching Roosevelt Island. Take the tram at Tram Plaza (E60th Street and Second Avenue), cost is 2.25 USD per person. The ride takes about 7 minutes, yet the tram reaches a height of 76 meters above the Hudson- if you're sensitive to height, make sure you stay seated.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Not a lot of people know about this attraction, which makes it even better since it doesn't get packed with tourists. Nice view of Manhattan and cool stroll through Roosevelt Island are the high point of the ride.

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Asahikawa, Japan
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

The tram is easy to find, straight east from Bloomingdales. The station sits at the end of a long street of antique shops begging to be poked through. The ride is short, view is impressive and Roosevelt Island has a nice park and a quiet, uncrowded feel.

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136 reviews 136 reviews
51 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Even on a cloudy day, this is a fabulous ride. I've taken this several times, both on sunny and cloudy days and I have enjoyed it every time. You get incredible views of the East side high up in the clouds. I love slowly floating down into Manhattan coming from Roosevelt Island. This is a great idea for tourists, New... More 

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East Greenville, Pennsylvania
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18 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Use your MetroCard for this quick ride to Roosevelt Island. Once there we walked out to the Four Freedoms Park and took some fabulous pictures of the NYC skyline. It wouldn't be fun on a cold or rainy day as there is little shelter.

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Miami, Florida
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17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

If you have an hour, take the tram over to Roosevelt Island. The views and pics are breathtaking. You can use your metro card, which is recommended if staying in NYC more than a few days. For $30 you can go almost anywhere by public transit. On the ride back, switch sides to get a totally different perspective. If you... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 via mobile

This is a great little trip, very short but provides great view of city and streets from elevated perspective. Bonus you can use you metro card there and back.

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Vero Beach, Florida
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

What a great little trip to make, we stayed in mid town Manhattan and walked over to the entry of the tram area. You can use your Metro card to pay for the tram (2.50 each person/trip). If you do not have one, it can be purchased there at the tram. The ride is very short, only 4 minutes, however... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Must buy a metro-card, $5 roundtrip. Wait for good weather and you can walk around the park on the island for more views of Manhattan. Stand by a window and have your camera ready, it's a quick (<5min) trip each way. Try to miss rush hour.

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