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“Great views & not as scary as it looks!”

Roosevelt Island Aerial Tram
Ranked #46 of 1,099 things to do in New York City
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Buffalo, New York
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128 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“Great views & not as scary as it looks!”
Reviewed April 16, 2013

Took the F train to Roosevelt Island and the Tram back. Took only about 3 minutes to wait for the tram, load, and take off. Ride took about 4 or 5 minutes. It was a free transfer to pick up the train @ Lexington Avenue/59th. Fantastic views. Only about 8 or 10 chairs lining the front and back of the tram - everyone else stands in the middle. There are poles and straps to hang on to, but you really don't need them. The ride is quite smooth. I was expecting there to be more swaying, based on what I read online before riding the Tram, but the ride was fine. I thought I would be more "creeped out" being that high, but it goes so fast that it is fine. There were families with kids who really seemed to enjoy it. Would definitely recommend it to others!

Visited April 2013
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New York City, New York
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“High above the East River”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

The best place to see the skyline for the price of a subway ride. And it goes to Roosevelt Island which is a charming place to visit.

Visited May 2012
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Kent
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Something different!”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

When researching for our first trip to New York I came across this on here and would definitely recommend. Views across the river are great. Quite busy when we went but managed to take some good pictures. Free with your metrocard which is a bonus. Beware of the miserable female member of staff at the subway kiosk on the island though as I was having trouble swiping mine and she was treating me like a total idiot. Met plenty of friendly and helpful New Yorkers on our trip though to cancel her attitude out.!

Visited March 2013
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Selden, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Bring your Camera”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

I am sure most New Yorkers..( I am from Long Island) have not taken the ride. It is quick...3minutes each way...but a fun thing to do. You can get a transfer on a Metro Card so if you plan on taking public transportation within a few hours the trip is free! It costs $2.50 each way.Be sure to have your camera ready on the return trip.There is a tourist center open on the island open Thurs.thru Sun and also a bus to take around the island for 25 cents.

Visited April 2013
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Minnesota
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“A must do”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Every time I come to NYC I like to ride the tram to Roosevelt island and back. It gives a great view of the bridges, especially at night when they are all lit up.

Visited April 2013
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