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Things to Do
Take a Ride on the Red Bus
The Red Bus loops as far north as the Octagon Building at 888 Main Street, and south to the entrance of Southpoint Park on a continual basis.
BBQ in Lighthouse Park
Located at the northern end of the island, Lighthouse Park, named for the historical monument located there, contains first come, first served BBQ grills and picnic areas, as well as large open spaces for taking in the scenic East River views.
Stroll through the Community Garden
The Community Garden is located between the Octagon Field and Pony Field, across from 750 Main Street. Its beautiful winding pathways are open to the public on weekends between May and September.
Work the Octagon Exercise Circuit
Along the seawall by Octagon Field is a circuit of free exercise equipment. It is open to the public and a supplement to a jog or walk along the seawall.
Ride the Tram
Roosevelt Island’s biggest transportation attraction is the Roosevelt Island Tram.
Go for a Swim
Sportspark offers affordable open swim times seven days a week.
Visit Cornell Tech
Cornell Tech’s focus on innovation is seen in its design, a new type of urban campus that allows room to think, but is also integrated with the city.
Experience Southpoint Park
Located between Cornell Tech and FDR Four Freedoms State Park is Southpoint Park. The park offers sweeping views of both Manhattan and Queens and is a great location for picnics.
Walk through FDR Four Freedoms State Park
Four Freedoms Park opened as a state park in 2012. It is an architectural vision of the late Louis Kahn and is composed of Mount Airy Granite, copper beech, and little leaf linden trees. The park operates six days a week and is closed on Tuesdays.