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Big Apple Helicopter Tour: Discover Manhattan from the sky

Everyone deserves his or her 15 minutes of fame. And most famous people have helicopters. So why not combine the two? A million classic New York movies begin with a sweeping aerial shot over magnificent Manhattan, and now you can live that dream for yourself.

This 15-minute sightseeing tour gives you a bird’s-eye view of the Big Apple. You’ll take off from the downtown heliport at Battery Park in Downtown Manhattan and you’ll soon be swooping around the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island out in the bay. You’ll also get a rare view of One World Trade Center and the Woolworth Building too (you might recognise it from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them).

The aerial joyride continues as you fly north, back over Manhattan Island for some capital views of the Brooklyn Bridge. With Midtown approaching, you’ll be treated to breathtaking sights of the Empire State Building, the Art Deco wonder that is the Chrysler Building and the New York Times building. The city will be getting even less sleep as you whirl by.

Your pilot will be giving you lowdown every step of the way, giving you an overview (see what we did there) of New York City and giving you their insight into the Big Apple. It’s not just a bird’s-eye view of the city you’ll be getting, but a local’s view as well.

Your last port of call on this whistle-stop tour is the extensive greenery of Central Park, and the many wonders contained within, before you touch back down in lower Manhattan. Go on; get caught between the moon and New York City.

Please note: The listed price does not include the heliport fee of $40 per person, payable at the time of tour check-in.

Big Apple Helicopter Tour Highlights:

  • A spectacular 15-minute helicopter tour of New York City

  • Fly by the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Empire State Building

  • See the Brooklyn Bridge, George Washington Bridge, Central Park and more

Days of Operation: 

  • Mon–Sat, 9:00am to 6:30pm

Inclusions:

  • Helicopter tour

Exclusions:

  • Gratuities (optional)

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

  • The listed price does not include the heliport fee, $40.00 per person. The heliport surcharge is required by our local supplier and is not within our control

Additional Information:

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

  • You will be required to call the tour operator upon arrival in New York to confirm flight time. You must check in 30 minutes prior to departure time

  • All flight times are approximate and subject to change due to weather conditions and weight restrictions

  • Once your booking is complete, you may call and advise your specific flight time preference to guarantee a spot on the day of your choice. Reservations are strongly encouraged

  • Tours are not private. All helicopters seat 5-6 passengers

  • Wheelchair accessible

  • Tour operator reserves the right to upgrade, alter or terminate any or all sightseeing tours due to security, weather or force majeure

  • Weight restrictions may apply. In general, passengers may not exceed 350lbs (159 kg) and all safety equipment must fit properly

  • Children 0-1 years are free. These children must ride on a parent or guardian's lap. Lap children must weigh less than 35lbs (15 kg) and will be weighed on the day of flight. Parents must also bring proof of age. Children who occupy a seat will be charged at the regular rate regardless of age or weight

  • Security Requirements: All guests must observe the following security requirements:

    • Must have a valid photo ID (i.e. Passport or Drivers License)

    • Must check in all bags with security

    • No handbags or carry on bags will be allowed on the flight

  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity

  • Departure point: Flights operate from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport

  • Departure time: Flights leave every half hour

  • Tour duration is approximately 15 minutes

Cancellation Policy:

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