Destination guide

Reveling in the heart of the Big Apple on Roosevelt Island

Whether you come across to Roosevelt Island on the dangling Tramway, or over the hulking steel rises of the iconic Queensboro Bridge, you'll almost certainly feel like you're entering a quintessential corner of the Big Apple. For decades, this long finger of land that sits in the currents of the East River has witnessed Manhattan soar up around it. Roosevelt Island vacation rentals now come with breathtaking views over the famous skyline, along with interesting little lighthouse parks, pretty riverside walkways, redbrick churches, and a clutch of local restaurants all on the doorstep to boot.

Things to do

Tramway trips across the East River from Roosevelt Island

There's no better way to kick-start a vacation in this part of New York City than by riding the iconic gondola of the Roosevelt Island Tramway. First opened in 1976, it transports travelers across the waters of the East River, and offers up breathtaking views of Downtown Manhattan as it dangles and drifts from bank to bank. Other attractions in the district include the handsome redbrick Chapel of the Good Shepherd, dating to the 1880s, and the pretty South Point Park for cycle tracks and riverside walks.

Activities

Roosevelt Island means action-packed excursions

Once you've bagged the perfect Roosevelt Island vacation rental, you can look forward to having a prime base right in the heart of the Big Apple. Urban adventures abound here, whether that means guided tours of Downtown Manhattan, jaunts to Broadway for world-class theater productions, cooking classes with the Sicilian maestros of Little Italy, or just a stroll through Central Park. Boating on the East River is also a great idea for whiling away a day, drifting between the skyscrapers from the Upper Bay to Long Island Sound.

Weather

Roosevelt Island keeps going throughout the year

You can rest assured that you'll have an action-packed trip to New York City, no matter which month you book your Roosevelt Island vacation rental. Each season has its own draws, starting with the enchanting festivities of the Christmas period, when ice rinks erupt in nearby Central Park and the Big Apple buzzes with cheer. Then there's spring and summer, which mean top weather for touring the lighthouse parks and watching the sunset over Manhattan between May and August, while September vacations boast fall colors and wallet-friendly accommodation rates.

Natural features

Wedged into the Big Apple on Roosevelt Island

Roosevelt Island sits straddling the currents of the East River, which isn't actually a river at all but rather an important tidal strait that connects the Upper Bay to Long Island Sound. The whole area is surrounded by the urban spread that makes up NYC, with the districts of Long Island itself to the east, and the soaring skyscrapers of Manhattan to the west. You'll never be too far from a leafy park though, with South Point Park and the green spaces of the North Point Lighthouse both offering waterside walkways, and wildflower meadows in the spring.

Can I find a vacation rental around Roosevelt Island?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 454 vacation rentals near Roosevelt Island. From 74 Houses to 274 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Roosevelt Island are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Roosevelt Island?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Roosevelt Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park: 5,616 vacation rentals
  • Roosevelt Island Station: 5,620 vacation rentals
  • Manhattan: 3,051 vacation rentals
  • New Jersey: 9,296 vacation rentals
  • Brooklyn: 1,024 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Roosevelt Island! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Roosevelt Island?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Roosevelt Island:

  • Jersey City: 5,253 rentals
  • Long Beach: 125 rentals
  • Newark: 5,169 rentals
  • Hoboken: 2,360 rentals
  • Greenwich: 281 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Roosevelt Island?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Roosevelt Island are:

  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK): 5,492 vacation rentals
  • LaGuardia Airport (LGA): 5,627 vacation rentals
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR): 5,412 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Roosevelt Island?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Roosevelt Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park: 5,616 rentals
  • Roosevelt Island Station: 5,620 rentals
  • Times Square: 5,597 rentals
  • Central Park: 3,923 rentals
  • Long Beach: 1,513 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Roosevelt Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Roosevelt Island

Jersey City
5,253 vacation rentals
Long Beach
125 vacation rentals
Newark
5,169 vacation rentals
Hoboken
2,360 vacation rentals
Greenwich
281 vacation rentals
White Plains
397 vacation rentals
Union City
4,047 vacation rentals
Yonkers
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New Rochelle
288 vacation rentals
Weehawken
5,130 vacation rentals
Nyack
62 vacation rentals
Elizabeth
2,285 vacation rentals
Sandy Hook
122 vacation rentals
Secaucus
5,585 vacation rentals
Rye
115 vacation rentals
Montclair
4,104 vacation rentals
North Bergen
4,920 vacation rentals
West New York
2,520 vacation rentals
Clifton
2,458 vacation rentals
Atlantic Beach
290 vacation rentals