New York City: Manhattan Helicopter Tour

Activity provider: Zip Aviation

New York City: Manhattan Helicopter Tour

Activity provider: Zip Aviation
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From US$ 209 per person

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Enjoy a bird's eye perspective of NYC on a narrated helicopter tour as you cruise over Manhattan's iconic skyscrapers, come face to face with the Statue of Liberty, and head uptown past Central Park.

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Duration 12 - 18 minutes
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  • See Manhattan by helicopter
  • Experience a bird's-eye view of Central Park and the Empire State Building
  • Come face to face with the Statue of Liberty
  • See the lights of Broadway in a completely unique way
  • Fly past Brooklyn Bridge
Full description

Manhattan brings to mind grand skyscrapers, taxi cabs, and a world-class attitude all of its own. See all this and more as an expert pilot flies you over NYC on a 15 or 20-minute helicopter tour. Soar over the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, Madison Square Garden, among other landmarks. After take-off from the Downtown Heliport, swing down over lower Manhattan to see the skyline and streets below. Swoop over Battery Park to glance at Wall Street and its labyrinth of streets.

Then sail over to Governor's Island, an island once reserved only for the city's dignitaries that now hosts summer concerts and public art. Then, fly over Ellis Island and see Lady Liberty shining brightly in the distance. Cruise right up to her eye for a new perspective of the Statue of Liberty.

Enjoy all this before heading up the Hudson past the piers of Chelsea and the lights of Broadway. On your way back to the pier, head around the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, and fly over Ground Zero where you can have a look at the exceptional work they're doing at the sight.

Continue past Madison Square Garden and the Intrepid Air and Space Museum. See Central Park as your flight turns around to return to the heliport.

Sights included in the 15-Minute tour:

Statue of Liberty

Ellis Island

One World Trade Center

9/11 Memorial

Brooklyn Bridge

Battery Park

Wall Street/Financial District

Empire State Building

Chrysler Building

Madison Square Garden

Times Square

U.S.S. Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum

Central Park

Sights included in the 20-Minute tour:

Brooklyn Bridge

Battery Park

Wall Street

Statue of Liberty

Ellis Island

One World Trade Center

9/11 Memorial Site

Empire State Building

Chrysler Building

Madison Square Garden

U.S.S. Intrepid Museum

Times Square

Central Park

Grant’s Tomb

George Washington Bridge

Harlem and Harlem River

The Bronx and Yankee Stadium

Palisades Cliffs

Spuyten Duyvil Bridge

  • 15-minute or 20-minute pre-recorded narrated helicopter tour (depending on the option selected)
  • Professional pilot and crew
  • Optional video (available for purchase)
  • Transportation to and from the heliport
  • Optional tips
  • Locker rental (available for purchase)
  • Boarding fee ($40.00 USD per passenger)
Not suitable for
  • People over 300 lbs (136 kg)

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Meeting point

This tour departs from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport, located at Pier 6 on the East River, New York, NY 10004. Check-in starts 45 minutes before the starting time of the tour.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Know before you go

  • Passengers must pay a non-inclusive boarding fee of $40.00 USD before the departure of the flight
  • You are not guaranteed a window seat and may be seated in the back
  • The pre-recorded tour narration minimizes the interaction with customers and pilots so the pilots can focus on air traffic and radio calls within the busiest airspace in the country. This is not meant to create distance from our pilots, but solely a measure of extra safety
  • Narrated audio language selection is not guaranteed and is based on availability. Should more than 2 languages be requested on the same flight, the audio commentary may default to English
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 1101 reviews

Review summary

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Wonderful experience, it passed too quickly unfortunately, a magnificent view of the city Best moment of our stay! First flight canceled because of the weather we were directly offered to change the date or to be reimbursed 2/3 days before We were able to choose the day and keep our schedule at sunset, it was magical!! Thanks

January 12, 2023

We had the chance to do the activity in beautiful weather (I was able to easily move the date because initially planned a day when it rained), so view at the top. Really nice, just too short! Expensive for the short time spent. Paid coffee, not even offered! So if you have a big vacation budget, yes.

January 9, 2023

Very nice view of Manhattan from above... Top!!!! But it would be good if the windows were cleaned from time to time to take beautiful photos and a little advice: the seats on the right in the helicopter, because it passes very close to Manhattan on the driveway (city on the right) but not on return. Same for the Statue of Liberty. So a bit of a shame for me, I missed some extraordinary views... But a nice memory all the same

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December 28, 2022

Product ID: 15252