We’ve all seen the movies of packed New York City subways with sullen commuters trying to fight their way through an urban jungle. Although that picture can look pretty accurate on any given weekday, there are also lots of other ways to get around New York City that don’t involve the subway or bus. From tramways to ferry rides, here are four fun ways to get around New York City that you probably never thought of.
Roosevelt Island Tramway
The Roosevelt Island Tramway offers guests a dazzling aerial view of the city every seven to 15 minutes. Tramways run from 59th Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan with amazing views of the East River. Once you land on the unique and quiet Roosevelt Island, grab a coffee or treat from a local coffee shop and take a quick walk to explore the tiny island. During your walk, keep an eye out for a Gothic-revival lighthouse was originally built to light a nearby insane asylum.
For a fun and spirited journey on the water, the New York Water Taxi offers a hop-on, hop-off experience to visit Manhattan and Brooklyn at your own pace. Day passes are also available so your family can explore Midtown, Downtown Battery Park, South Street Seaport and DUMBO in Brooklyn on your own schedule.
There’s something thrilling about sailing out onto the water with a group of other people on a ferry. New York City’s ferry system is growing in popularity with routes in South Brooklyn, the Rockaways, Astoria, the Lower East Side, Soundview and the East River. For the price of a subway ride, you can cruise along the water and see the stunning views of the city while seeing how the city commutes everyday. There’s also a free Staten Island ferry ride that takes you near the Statue of Liberty for unbeatable views.
Kayaking throughout NYC isn’t just free, it also offers some of the best skyline views the city has to offer. Open seasonally, spots like the Long Island City Community Boathouse provides free kayaking on a first-come, first-serve basis out to Hallet’s Cove. Meanwhile, the Manhattan Community Boathouse offers free kayaking on Pier 96 or the dock at 72nd Street. The Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse is also a popular spot with lines at Piers 1 and 2 for a journey near the majestic Brooklyn Bridge.
Not quite ready to say goodbye to summer? If the weather is forcing you to head indoors, you can still take advantage of a few opportunities to splash around in the waves, without even being that far from the beach — thanks to the world’s largest indoor beachfront waterpark, which opened this summer in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Halloween is right around the corner, which means its time to start making plans for spooky and scary stops for having fun with the family this fall. New York’s Cayuga County is always a fun visit for family travelers, but if you plan on being in the area this October, you will definitely want to explore its haunted history with some choice spots along New York’s Haunted History Trail. This curated list of haunted and spooky stops throughout New York features incredible locations showcasing the perfect combination of the state’s beautiful charm and fascinating history.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
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