People always wonder how to get to Randall’s Island. There are multiple ways to get there, but we think the best way to get to the island is by a ferry or crossing The Robert F. Kennedy Bridge (RFK or Triborough) using the walkway in Astoria, Queens. In this article we’ll cover how to get to the walkway. The RFK Bridge is one of the first bridges you will see when entering New York City through Astoria. On one side of the bridge you’ll see the beautiful Manhattan skyline and on the other side you get a view of Hell Gate Bridge. If you look straight down, you’ll be able to see Astoria Park.
If you want to get onto the walkway and into Randall’s Island, you’ll need to start in Astoria Queens. You can get to Randall’s Island from Manhattan as well, but it’s not really ideal and can be a little tricky. The entrance we suggest can be found on Hoyt Ave N. between 27th St. and 26th St. in Astoria, Queens (Take theor train and get off at Astoria Blvd.). There’s a staircase at the base of the bridge that leads you into the walkway. Make sure to pay attention to other people using the walkway such as runners and bikers. You’ll get a great view of Hell Gate Bridge especially during sunset.
The walk over the bridge should take about 15-20 minutes. It’s a really beautiful walk and definitely worth it. Once you get there you can walk around Randall’s Island and you can even walk over to Manhattan. Randall’s Island houses the infamous Icahn Stadium which is an iconic track and field venue. The island also has several softball and baseball fields and provides a nice scenery of the Manhattan skyline. During the summer, music festivals are held on the island. To learn more, please visit their website here.