The Island Game: Highlights of Roosevelt Island

4.71 (7 ratings)
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Get ready to play a game that takes you through New York’s secret-filled island and discover why Roosevelt Island is considered architecturally, historically, and culturally significant by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.
You’ll learn about the island’s Dutch past and how it later went from a Welfare Island to a Lunatic Asylum to what it is today, a thriving community, as you find out how the past speaks to the present and future.
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Places you will visit


It will take you

57-87 mins

You will walk

4600 steps

Total distance

3.5 km


  • ● Find out what happened to the old Asylum

  • ● Discover the ruins of the Smallpox Hospital

  • ● Learn the story behind the fifty-foot-high Lighthouse.

  • ● Explore the sixth oldest farmhouse in New York City.

  • ● Uncover the first laboratory dedicated to pathological and bacteriological research.


“Warning: Approaching Game Island.” 

“The game is Capture the Flag Tag. 10 flags. 10 teams. Each team must collect all the flags without getting tagged. Once you put your helmet on, you cannot remove it until the game is over. May the best team win.”
With the helmet on, the island comes to life with Augmented Reality. This is going to be fun.
You run to your base, but your helmet keeps on glitching. You hope it doesn’t last, otherwise you’ve got no chance of winning.

Game route

Starting point Roosevelt Island Tramway Island station
West Rd/Road 5 Tram, New York, NY 10044, USA
Finish point Roosevelt Island Lighthouse
Blackwell Island Light, 900 Main St, New York, NY 10044, USA
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07 Sep 2023

Noah grinberg

10 Apr 2023


28 Jan 2023

Miranda Lapides

16 Sep 2022

Carri B

27 Aug 2022

What does an
outdoor escape game look like?

  • Discover new places

    As you walk and tour around the city, you will visit new cool places.

  • Solve puzzles, crack riddles

    You will test your wits and exploring abilities with fun challenges.

  • Learn fun history

    Each place comes with its own bit of history that you'll discover as you walk.

  • Role-play

    Put yourself in the shoes of a famous fictional character and play out their story.


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