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On this 2.30 hour walking tour, we will have the opportunity to visit Roosevelt Island, hop aboard the famous Tramway, leave the Big Apple ‘Hustle & Bustle’ behind us and enjoy the views over Long Island City and Manhattan from this Island right in the middle of the East River!!

At Roosevelt Island with the famous Tramway

We leave behind Manhattan "Concrete Jungle" to reach Roosevelt Island. Ready to get aboard the only aerial tram in New York City? We are talking about the famous Red Tramway that departs from Midtown East -- 60th Street & 2nd Avenue. You get access to the Tram by swiping the MetroCard (like any Subway ride); the ride takes about 6/8 minutes and we will be able to photograph the East River with the Queensboro Bridge and Midtown Manhattan as backdrop and arrive in the middle of the East River to enjoy the panoramic views over Manhattan and Long Island City.

Make sure to have your camera, camcorder or simply your phone ready to capture the ride and the incredible panorama unfolding right before our eyes. A great idea is to do a Time-Lapse of the whole ride, you won’t regret it!

Highlights for Tramway & Roosevelt Island

2.30 Hour Private Walking Tour
Hop aboard the famous Cable Car (The Red Aerial Tramway)
Professional Guide in English
The "4 Freedom Park" and Memorial in honor of President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Incredible Panoramic Views over Manhattan Skyline

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Additional Description

What to see on Roosevelt Island

After the tram ride, we will walk to the southernmost tip of the island and visit the beautiful and peaceful 4 Freedoms Park dedicated to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The park was inaugurated in 2012 and is a tribute to the life and vision of Franklin D. Roosevelt as the son of the city of New York, and as a beloved President who with great courage fought to preserve and strengthen, in difficult moments, our Democracy.

The 4 Freedom Park at Roosevelt Island

The 4 Freedoms Park takes its name from the speech given by President FDR in 1941 to the State of the Union when He spoke of the four fundamental freedoms that people all around the world should have:
  • Freedom of speech
  • Freedom of worship
  • Freedom from want
  • Freedom from fear
Along the way to the 4 Freedoms Park, and later throughout the memorial, you will enjoy some of the most beautiful views of Midtown Manhattan with the iconic buildings of New York such as The Empire, The Chrysler Building, The United Nations Building, The American Copper Building, and of course The Queensboro Bridge. We will also have the opportunity to photograph the other ‘bank’ of the East River, that of Long Island City, with the famous symbol, now officially a Landmark, of the Pepsi-Cola. We'll walk around the FDR Memorial right to the southernmost tip of Roosevelt Island to get 360-degree views of the city and the East River.

Before leaving Roosevelt Island, time permitting, we will stop by the Blackwell House, one of New York's oldest homes dating back to 1796 when the island was still called Manning's Island (later the island was called Blackwell's Island and then Welfare Island). At the end of the tour, you can stay on the island for more photo-opportunities, or return to the tram or take the subway (F Train).

Roosevelt Island and The Four Freedoms Park



    • 2.30 hour Tour on Foot of Roosevelt Island and The Four Freedoms Park
    • Professional Tour Guide


    • Public Transportation
    • Gratuities
    • Pick-up & Drop-off in Hotel


Tour Price: $56.25 per person (price based on 4 participants)

Activity Schedule

Location meeting Point:
By the Plaza Hotel & The Pulitzer Fountain (5th Avenue between 59th & 58th Street)
This tour ends at the Roosevelt Island Tramway (on Roosevelt Island) or the F Train Subway Station on Roosevelt Island.
Opening Dates: everyday, Year-round
Hours: Departure 9:00am and 3:00pm
Closing Dates: Thanksgiving - December 25th - January 1st

Additional Info & FAQ

  • WEATHER NOTICE: All Walking Tours are performed rain or shine, please check the weather and dress appropriately. It is at the discretion of the operator in case of extreme weather conditions or for reasons of force majeure to decide to cancel the tour or to postpone it to a later date. If the alternative date is not conducive to the customer, the tour will be refunded completely.
  • Please note that all venues included in the tour description, including, but not limited to, restaurants, attractions, and museums may change without prior notice.

Policy & Disclaimers

Inclusions: As outlined in the "Included in the Price"
Exclusions: Everything else not specifically outlined in the "Included in the Price"
Booking Fees: Please note all reservations are subject to a 2.5% booking fee - This 2.5% Booking Fee is applied to all sales and is never refundable.
Cancellation Policy: Please carefully review our Cancellation Policy
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Map & Directions

The Aerial Tramway Walking Tour departs from the Pulitzer Fountain on 5th Avenue between 58th & 59th Street near the Plaza Hotel. You can easily reach the starting point by walking from all major Hotels located around Midtown. There are a few subway stops in the vicinity. The closest would be "59th & 5th Ave Station" (N, R, W yellow line) and the "57 Street Station" (F orange line.) Alternatively, you can use the "59th St & Lexington Station" (4, 5, 6 green line N, R, W yellow line) and then walk 7 minutes to the starting point. Lastly, you may also reach the departure point by Taxi/Uber/Lyft by providing the complete address – 764 Central Park S, New York, NY 10019. You will meet your Tour Guide in front of the famous Pulitzer Fountain. 
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