Roosevelt Island, New York City

4.2
#9 of 38 in Parks in New York City
Take the short aerial tram ride to Roosevelt Island, a thin strip of the city with an entirely different feel. Wedged between Manhattan Island and Long Island, the area was at one point in the 20th century populated predominantly by hospitals, earning it the name Welfare Island, until the name was changed to honor Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1971. From here you can appreciate fantastic views of Manhattan in a surprisingly peaceful setting. The small island only measures about 3.2 km (2 mi) long and a maximum of 240 m (800 ft) across at its widest, providing a delightfully quiet contrast to the city that never sleeps. As you wander the streets, soak in the stories of the former smallpox hospital, lunatic asylum, and other quirky bits of New York history. Using our world travel planner, New York City attractions like Roosevelt Island can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
map
Create an itinerary including Roosevelt Island
Roosevelt Island Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
622 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • For an unusual discovery, take the aerial tramway that connects Manhattan to Roosevelt Island. Walk along the river and small park relaxing with a view of the skyline. There are the Institute of technology and his student Café. Resting!
    View original
  • It's well worth taking the aerial tramway (a fun experience in itself) over to Roosevelt Island. There is a helpful information booth just outside the Tramway station. A 10 minute walk along the lovel...  more »
  • Loved the tram ride over with spectacular views. Had the benefit of a tour guide who was most knowledgeable.  more »

Plan your trip to New York City

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in New York City

The first step to finding accommodations in New York City is finding the right neighborhood. Manhattan, where most visitors end up, offers some of the most expensive rooms in the world, though there are lower-budget options, such as hostels with shared restrooms. Reduce your costs by basing yourself in one of the outer boroughs, but beware of low-end motels where you may end up sharing the premises with hourly customers. Alternatively, stay along the New Jersey shore, offering all the major chain hotels at considerably lower prices than their Manhattan equivalents.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in New York City by other users

3 days in New York City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, kids, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in Canada & New York City BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Canada, London & New York City BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in New York City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 23 days in United States BY A USER FROM HONG KONG December, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in New York City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: November, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in New York City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, kids, popular PREFERENCES: November, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in New York City BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in New York City BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, teens, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: March, teens, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in United States BY A USER FROM INDIA December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 42 days in United States BY A USER FROM INDIA December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans