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Roosevelt Island Aerial Tram

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Upper East Side
As featured in NYC Off the Beaten Path
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Address: 59th Street and Second Avenue, Mid town, New York City, NY 10022
Phone Number: +1 212-832-4555

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Lovely trip to Roosevelt island

We arrived at 1000 in the morning,it was empty, we had lovely views, cost 3 dollars a trip, my advice is chip and get a Starbucks just down the road near the train station, and... read more

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Madison, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The tram ride provides nice views of the river and multiple bridges. The cost is the same as riding the subway ($2.75 there and $2.75 back). Once on the island you can ride the local bus around the island for free, just to get a glimpse of what the island offers.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We arrived at 1000 in the morning,it was empty, we had lovely views, cost 3 dollars a trip, my advice is chip and get a Starbucks just down the road near the train station, and then go back,a great trip

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Cornwall UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Took the tram over to Roosevelt island on a sunny November afternoon. Queued for a while as there's currently only one car in operation so it was packed out. It's a great view going over and we got some pretty good photos. Good that the fair is included in the unlimited weekly metro card. I'd like to visit Roosevelt island... More 

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Wallingford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great view of the East River, A trip you would normally expect at a ski resort not in Manhattan. Kids would love this. Once on the other side you can turn around and come right back .

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Austin, Texas
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Some rides have TOO many people in this small little car, wish they would limit it, because it gets so packed its uncomfortable, otherwise great views of the bridge.

Thank Rhonda G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Quick ride and pretty views around sunset and night time. We had unlimited metro cards so this was basically free for us. No problem bringing our little dog on the Tram with us. I was afraid some of our party wouldn't like it because they're afraid of heights but it's not that high and the car feels stable so we... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For the price of a subway train ticket you can get some of the best views of the city. The tram ride takes approximately 5 minutes and with views all around is definitely worth a trip.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

NYC treats this as if it's just another bus ride. It's run by MTA, and you use the same MTA cards as you would for the subway. Since the Island is mostly residential now, it's largely used as a commuting bus by local residents. But don't be fooled! As a tourist, you can't find a more unique and scenic trip.... More 

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Maintal, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This Aerial Tram is unique and provides an excellent view over upper Manhattan.Cheap trip and outstanding experience

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Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You can use you subway card on the cable car to visit Roosevelt island, its not a must do but its nice to take the ride and see the city from a different angle.

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