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Embark on a captivating 2.5-hour journey that lifts you above New York City's hustle and immerses you in the serene beauty of Roosevelt Island. Experience the city from a new perspective on the iconic Red Tramway, capturing the essence of urban exploration with unparalleled panoramic views.

Elevate Your NYC Experience with Roosevelt Island's Tramway

Leave the familiar streets of Manhattan and ascend into the skies on New York City's only aerial tramway. Departing from Midtown East, this unique ride offers a swift 6 to 8-minute journey across the East River. Prepare your cameras for stunning views of the Queensboro Bridge and the Midtown skyline—a photographer's dream. Whether it's capturing the moment or creating a mesmerizing time-lapse, the tramway ride is an experience not to be missed.

  • The peaceful ambiance of Four Freedoms Park and its powerful historical significance
  • Unmatched views of Midtown Manhattan's architectural marvels and the vibrant Long Island City
  • A visit to the historic Smallpox Hospital (outside), among New York's oldest riuns, revealing centuries of city history
  • The utlra-modern tech hub of NYC with Tata, Cornell & Bloomberg Tech.

Before our tour concludes, we'll have the chance to glimpse into the island's rich past and ultra modern present. Whether you choose to linger for more photos or journey back via tram or subway, Roosevelt Island promises a memorable slice of NYC's diverse tapestry.

Highlights for Tramway & Roosevelt Island

2.5-hour Private Walking Tour
Unforgettable aerial tramway ride (The Red Tram)
Exploration of the serene Four Freedoms Park
Panoramic vistas of the Manhattan Skyline

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Discover Roosevelt Island's Treasures

Upon landing on Roosevelt Island, our tour takes a peaceful turn towards the southern tip, home to the serene Four Freedoms Park. This tranquil space honors the legacy of Franklin D. Roosevelt, drawing inspiration from his vision of a world founded on four essential human freedoms: speech, worship, want, and fear. As we navigate the park and its surroundings, the Manhattan skyline unfolds, offering spectacular views of emblematic structures like the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and the United Nations Headquarters.

Four Freedom Park, 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

INCLUDED SKYLINE VIEWS OF: The Empire, The Chrysler Building, The United Nations Building, The American Copper Building, The Queensboro Bridge, Long Island City, The Pepsi-Cola Sign, Silvercup Sign, 360-degree views of the city and the East River.


    • 2.5-hour Walking Tour
    • Professional Tour Guide


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


Starting Rate: $61 per person, based on a group of four participants.

Please Note:
  • This is a private tour experience; prices are subject to change without prior notice.
  • The rate per person will vary depending on the final number of participants.

Activity Schedule

Location meeting Point:
Bloomingdale's Entrance on 3rd Ave between 59th and 60th Street. (by Magnolia's Bakery)
This tour ends on Roosevelt Island by The Tramway.
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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How to
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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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Giuseppe M. | Google
5-Star Review on Google
Excellent guide, excellent organisation, Irene always ready to respond, available in every topic with competence, you can feel the passion for her work. Her voice accompanied our tour, we will miss you!

From Google - January 2024
Antonella G. | Google
5-Star Review on Google
I am the owner of a Travel Agency. We are Italian in Erba, Eolo travel, I brought a small group and I entrusted myself to Tony. We received great service from start to finish. Punctuality and excellent guides.Thank you for the wonderful experience!!!

From Google - May 2024
Breanna A. | TripAdvisor
5-Star Review on TripAdvisor
Irene was a FANTASTIC tour guide! She was so knowledgeable about the area and was so patient with all our questions. We stopped to use the bathroom and we got coffee halfway through, she was so kind! It was a pleasure learning about Brooklyn from you!

From TripAdvisor - April 2022
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I’m the biggest fan of Fall activities, but haven’t had a chance to do anything beyond Apple Picking in NJ. I decided to take a last minute 2 day trip with a friend in Hudson Valley, but didn’t know where to start [...] Thankfully I was able to use New York Welcome to do the hard work for us [...]

From TripAdvisor - October 2021
Carmine S. | Google
5-Star Review on Google
An extraordinary experience: I had the pleasure of having Irene as my guide for two days and thanks to the passion she puts into guiding you through the streets of NYC, the anecdotes, the trivia she lets you discover, and the facets she shows during the tour you can't help but fall even more in love with this wonderful city.

From Google - February 2024
Erica F. | Google
5-Star Review on Google
[...] unique, very professional, courteous, friendly we can only write positive adjectives, you made us feel at home and have the desire to return. Super recommended. Erica, Marco, Annalisa and Giuseppe.

From Google - December 2023
Keena B. | TripAdvisor
5-Star Review on TripAdvisor
The SATC walking tour is fabulous! Our tour guide was amazing. Friendly, helpful, accommodating and so knowledgeable about the city. It was essentially 2 tours in 1. SATC and visits to historical places in the city. I give this tour 5 stars and definitely recommend. Grab your walking shoes and schedule one today!

From TripAdvisor - August 2021
Amber M. | Google
5-Star Review on Google
Our family had a wonderful experience seeing Ellis Island and Liberty Island! Irene was very knowledgeable and engaging for our three children ages 5, 9, and 12. We will definitely book again with her [...]

From Google - November 2022
Giorgia M. | Google
5-Star Review on Google
We did 2 tours together with our guide Irene in one day, Hoboken and the East side. What can I say, in addition to the wonderful places, she has made everything more magical [...]

From Google - January 2023
Pierangelo G. | TripAdvisor
5-Star Review on TripAdvisor
Irene? as I have already said elsewhere, she truly deserves all the compliments that are paid to her. Available, friendly, prepared, in short, if you need an Italian speaking guide in New York, she is the right person. You deserve 5 stars and more!

From TripAdvisor - April 2024
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