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Bronx Zoo Discounts, Coupons and Promo Codes

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This post is about the Bronx Zoo, including what you can see there, how to get there and the cost of admission. We also list many ways you can save on ticket prices or even go for free!



Bronx Zoo Free Day

Visit on Wednesdays when admission is “Suggested Donation Day” or pay what you wish. We have many other suggestions for free or pay-what-you-wish days at other popular NYC museums and attractions (click here).

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Which New York Helicopter Tour is Best?

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This post provides an overview of the various helicopter tours in New York City, including reviews and tips for the best rides as well as tips for finding discounts and analyzed which New York helicopter tour is best, cheapest and best value. 



Is a New York helicopter tour worth the cost?

There’s no denying that helicopter rides are costly. Even the most basic tour packages run well over $200 per person and usually only last 12-15 minutes (occasionally there are really great deals). Thus, for many, the price alone might mean that a helicopter tour just isn’t a feasible option. Read more »

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New York City Attraction Passes | Which One Is the Best to Buy

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This post reviews and explains the various options for NYC tourist discount passes that are available to you and to help you decide which (if any) are right for you. There is no reason to pay full price admission at NYC’s most iconic attractions, which can really start to add up!  (en español) (auf Deutsch)


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Best New York Skyline Views

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In this post, we list where to go for the best views of New York City, from on land and water as well as from the sky. If you want to enjoy a stunning view with a nice cocktail or beer, there are many rooftop bars with stunning views.  


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What to Do in April in NYC

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This post is about things to do in NYC in April, including a top 10 list as well as sections on free, family-friendly and nighttime things to do.  Our tour schedule goes into full swing in April with more than 8 tours offered every day. See our full listings of pay-what-you-wish walking tours by clicking here, and check our definitive Things to Do in NYC  guide. 


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One World Observatory Tickets and Tours

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This post is about the Freedom Tower observatory in NYC, how to plan your visit, get tickets, discounts as well as tours.  You can purchase your skip-the-line tickets now.


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The Ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

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This post will show you how to get to the Statue of Liberty, how to choose a ticket type, how to get pedestal and crown access as well as guided tours of Liberty and Ellis Island.  



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Tours of the United Nations Building in New York

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This post has all the information needed to take a tour of the United Nations Headquarters, including tips on how to get there, tickets and on nearby sights.




Their guided tours are a great way to learn more about the organization and its contributions to the world order.

Tours are offered Monday-Friday, between 9:30 am and 4:45 pm and last between 45 minutes and an hour. There are NO WEEKEND TOURS. The Visitors Center is open on the weekends, but you will not be able to see any other areas of the building.
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Roosevelt Island Tram – New York’s Cable Car

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This post is a guide to riding the Roosevelt Island Tram, which some might refer to as a cable car or gondola, including tips on where to board and when to go. And the trip costs the same as a ride on the subway.  




The Roosevelt Island Tram provides a skyline view of the city like no other. In this section, we will provide details on the best times to go, where you can find the tram station, how to get tickets and other tips.

Best Times to Go

Your experience on the Roosevelt Island Tram is going to vary depending on when you decide to hop on. If you’re planning to go simply to visit the island or enjoy the view, there are both good and bad times to make your trip. With that said, let’s take a look at the hours of operation.

Roosevelt Island Tram Hours

  • Sunday – Thursday | 6 am – 2 am
  • Friday – Saturday | 6 am – 3:30 am
  • There is a tram every 15 minutes except during rush hours when there is one every few minutes. The bus schedule on Roosevelt Island mirrors the Tram schedule.

Although it’s available pretty much all day, visitors who are looking to experience the views or see the island may want to hop on when the crowds aren’t as big.

During weekdays, commuters will use this tram for getting to and from work in the mornings and evenings. As a result, you can expect these hours to be especially busy on weekdays.

Popular times for the Roosevelt Island Tram. Image Source: Google.

The thing is that most commuters are traveling from Roosevelt Island to Manhattan in the morning rush hour.  If you plan to roam Roosevelt Island for an hour or two, you can disregard this.

However, if you only intend to ride the gondola from Manhattan during the day and come right back, it’s best to make this round trip between the hours of 10 am – 3 pm.

Travelers who want to see the skyline at night should have no trouble getting a good view pretty much anytime from 7 pm – 2 am.  In fact, the tram is one of our picks for free things to do at night.

With that said, it’s still possible to get good views during rush hours, but it will be crowded in one direction or the other.


Weekend hours are a bit different because there isn’t as much of a rush from commuters. Instead of avoiding morning and evening hours, you will actually want to consider making your trip during these times to avoid large crowds during weekends.

If you want a daytime view, consider a trip in the morning before 10 am. For excellent sunset views, head out on the tram at 7 pm instead.

Popular weekend times for Roosevelt Island Tram. Image Source: Google.

Travelers who have been on this tram before recommend taking a sunset trip for the best views of the New York City skyline. If you want to enjoy this experience without worrying about the crowds, we recommend planning a weekend outing.

If you want to see the sunset during a weekday, remember that the sun sets during rush hour approximately between November and March.  During these months, we recommend planning your return trip from Roosevelt Island to coincide with sunset.  Check NYC sunset times.

TIP: The boarding station is just a 6 min subway ride from the starting point of our Central Park Tour and a 12 min ride from the start of our Midtown Manhattan Tour, both of which can be taken anytime as GPS-enabled audio tours.

How to Get Tickets

Tickets for the Roosevelt Island Tram can be purchased at vending machines which you will find at the Tram stations.

Alternatively, you can also purchase a MetroCard for use on NYC Metro lines. For more information, make sure to check our ticket prices section and our post about how to use the NYC Metro system.

Where to Board?
The Manhattan station of the Roosevelt Island Tram is located on 2nd Ave. between 59th and 60th Streets.  The closest New York City subway stations are 59th Street (4,5,6 trains), Lexington Ave/59th Street (N,Q,R trains).  



The station is also within walking distance from the Lexington Ave/53rd Street Station (E,M trains).  There are several bus lines that also run up and down 2nd Ave.

We recommend using this Google map for directions to the Manhattan station of the Roosevelt Island Tram.  

If you are considering a ticket for a tour bus, keep in mind that most companies offer stops relatively close to the tram. Be sure to read our post comparing the different bus tours in NYC.

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East River Ferry

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This post is about the East River Ferry service including information about tickets, schedules, routes and what there is to see along each route.  At just $2.75 per ticket, this is the cheapest boat ride in NYC – except for the free Staten Island Ferry, which is a New York City must-do!




The ferry is a great alternative to get from one destination to another and has many advantages. It is faster than the subway (in most cases), it is certainly a much more pleasant ride than the subway, and believe it or not, it is the same price as the subway.

In this post, you will find information on how to buy tickets, prices and other useful tips about riding the ferry. We’ve also detailed the different routes and what there is to do at each stop along those routes.  Read more »