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icon20 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 9 more
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Overview

New York's iconic landmarks, mighty rivers, and islands are even more impressive from the air. On this tour, soar over Manhattan’s most famous sights in a helicopter and enjoy spectacular aerial views of the Big Apple. There's plenty of time time to see Liberty Island, the Empire State Building, and Governor’s Island.
  • New York City helicopter flight over famous landmarks
  • Unbeatable views as you fly face-to-face with the Statue of Liberty
  • See Times Square, Madison Square Garden, Central Park and more
  • Learn more about NYC from your pilot's live commentary

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This helicopter tour includes extra flight time so you can fly over Governor’s Island
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18-20-minute Helicopter tour
Local taxes
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
The listed price does not include a USD40.00 per person (including infants) heliport/security fee, payable at the time of tour check-in. The heliport/security fee is mandated by the Downtown Manhattan Heliport and is not within our control.

Departure Point

20 South St, New York, NY 10004, USA

Address: 20 South Street, New York, NY 10004, USA Located on Pier 6 (2 Building North of Staten Island ferry and the East River). Look for Zip Aviation.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your flight departs from Downtown Manhattan’s Heliport. From there it’s on to Governor’s Island, which was once a Revolutionary US Army post. Next, soar past the towering figure of the Statue of Liberty, enjoying an up-close encounter with one of the nation’s most powerful landmarks. Be sure to have your camera ready to capture memorable shots of this icon of freedom.

Bid farewell to Lady Liberty as your pilot takes you over the sobering location of Ground Zero and the 9/11 memorial. After that, the helicopter heads north above the mighty Hudson River where you're treated to the sight of two magnificent art-deco landmarks: the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings.

Continue your flight north over New York’s tribute to nature, Central Park. From there, catch sight of the George Washington Bridge, Times Square, and renowned entertainment arena Madison Square Garden. Continue back toward the river to enjoy a look at the powerful WWII warship the USS Intrepid before hovering over Ellis Island, the nation’s historic tribute to immigration. This helicopter tour allows you to enjoy all of New York City’s most famous sites without having to battle the crowds.

A scenic helicopter tour offers a truly extraordinary way to see New York City. Don’t miss the chance to experience the city from this remarkable vantage point.

Please note: The listed price does not include the heliport/security fee, payable at the time of tour check-in.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Statue of Liberty
After taking off from Downtown Manhattan Heliport, you will fly over Governor's Island, a former Revolutionary US Army post, and the birthplace of New York. Next you will come face-to-face with the Statue of Liberty, which has become synonymous with America's most fundamental value, freedom.
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Empire State Building
Fly over Central Park, check out the George Washington Bridge from above and enjoy amazing views of bustling Times Square and the world-famous Madison Square Garden.
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Ellis Island
Fly over Ellis Island.
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Central Park
This is the perfect vantage point to take in New York's skyline. Don't miss out on this incredible scenic helicopter flight!
Admission Ticket Free
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Times Square
This is the perfect vantage point to take in New York's skyline. Don't miss out on this incredible scenic helicopter flight!
Admission Ticket Free
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George Washington Bridge
This is the perfect vantage point to take in New York's skyline. Don't miss out on this incredible scenic helicopter flight!
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Governors Island National Monument
This is the perfect vantage point to take in New York's skyline. Don't miss out on this incredible scenic helicopter flight!
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Manhattan Skyline
This is the perfect vantage point to take in New York's skyline. Don't miss out on this incredible scenic helicopter flight!
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Madison Square Garden
This is the perfect vantage point to take in New York's skyline. Don't miss out on this incredible scenic helicopter flight!
Admission Ticket Free
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Zip Aviation - Helicopter Tours & Charters
This is the perfect vantage point to take in New York's skyline. Don't miss out on this incredible scenic helicopter flight!
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Due to comfort and weight / balance of the aircraft, passengers weighing over 250lbs (113kgs) will be required to purchase an additional seat. This is payable directly to the tour operator on the day of the tour. 300-lb (136kg) maximum weight per passenger.
  • All passengers including children must have ID/Passport or you may be denied your flight
  • Please note, 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
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Zip Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the departure location for the New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour?
A:The helicopter tour departs from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport at Pier 6 on the East River. The building is located just north of the Staten Island Ferry and just south of the Pier 11 South Street Seaport. (6 East River Piers, NY NY 10004)
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I take public transportation to get to the New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour?
A:Public transportation can be taken from anywhere in Manhattan using the MTA Subway. You want to take the R train to the Whitehall stop and walk north past the Staten Island Ferry to the gray two-story building on the right with the large clock on it.
Apr 2021
Q:
Is there parking near the departure point for the New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour?
A:Parking is not available at the heliport, but there is a cash municipal parking lot at the next exit just west of Pier 11.
Apr 2021
Q:
How early should I arrive for the New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour?
A:Please arrive one hour prior to your confirmed flight time.
Apr 2021
Q:
Do I have to go through security before the New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour?
A:Yes. When you approach the heliport, a representative will accompany you to a security checkpoint where you are scanned by a metal detector to ensure safety.
Apr 2021
Q:
Do I need an ID to fly on the New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour?
A:Yes, all passengers including children must have ID/Passport or you may be denied your flight.
Apr 2021
Q:
What type of helicopter is used during the New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour?
A:The fleet includes luxurious six-passenger Bell 407 aircraft.
Apr 2021
Q:
How many seats are there on the New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour?
A:The Bell 407 helicopter carries six passengers in addition to your professional pilot and boasts comfortable leather seating, more headroom, and luxurious amenities.
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I request a specific seat during the New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour?
A:Seating in the helicopter is arranged by weight and balance to maximize safety and security. Persons with disabilities are accommodated accordingly. You may make a request, but it cannot be guaranteed.
Apr 2021
Q:
What can I bring with me on the New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour?
A:You are permitted to bring a camera, phone, and glasses/sunglasses aboard the aircraft. Purses, bags, handbags, camera bags, scarves, hats, and other loose items of clothing need to stay at the heliport in a private, secure locker.
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I take pictures or video during the New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour?
A:You may take pictures or video once aboard the aircraft. Taking pictures on the heliport ramp while walking to the helicopter is strictly prohibited.
Apr 2021
Q:
Why is there an additional heliport fee for the New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour?
A:Each passenger is charged a heliport fee of $40. The heliport/security fee is mandated by the Downtown Manhattan Heliport and is not within our control. This fee is payable at the time of check-in.
Apr 2021
Q:
What happens if there is bad weather on the date of my New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour?
A:Flights go out whenever possible, however, if weather affects the safe operation of the helicopter then a flight may be canceled. If there is bad weather on your departure date, call the phone number on your ticket to confirm your departure.
Apr 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour.

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star-5
Great fun
Florida_tourist
, Sep 2021
Amazing. Exhilarating. Great ride. Great pilots. A bit tightly cramped though. I think the helicopters should not fly with more than 4 passengers. They currently fly 6.
star-5
First helicopter ride
Elissa_C
, Aug 2021
Great experience!! It was not as scary as I anticipated. And the views of Manhattan were fantastic!!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hello Elissa_C, Thank you for your review. We are delighted that you had a great experience! Cheers!
star-3
Helicopter ride
Mayura_P
, Aug 2021
Staff was very helpful. We paid way extra and was told we will be able to see Statue of Liberty eye to eye view. It was overall good experience.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hello Mayura_P, Thank you for your review. The Parks Department sets the distance on how close we can get to the Statue of Liberty. Our Pilots adhere to this as safety is a priority. Cheers!
star-4
Definitely worthwhile
Mark_N
, Jul 2021
The close view of so many of Manhattan buildings and landmarks. The staff were excellent and even arranged for us to take an earlier flight.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hello Mark_N, Thank you for your review. We will share this with our Heliport Staff. Cheers!
star-5
Amazing
Yvette_H
, Jul 2021
Our helicopter pilot, Andrew, was fantastic. He made my son’s feel relaxed and gave us an amazing experience. The tour was incredible! Best experience in a helicopter.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hello Yvette_H, We are happy to hear you had an amazing experience. We will let Pilot Andrew know about your kind words! Cheers!
star-5
Surprise Birthday Gift
Shirley_R
, Dec 2020
Beautiful day for a sightseeing trip and surprise for my husband. My husband was so excited. Clear skies and perfect for taking pictures of Manhattan.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
Hello Shirley_R, Thank you for your review. We're glad you made us part of the surprise birthday celebration of your husband! Truly a great day! Cheers!
star-5
Amazing experience
Joaquin_R
, Nov 2020
Staff/ Ground crew and pilot were AMAZING! It was my daughter’s birthday and they all went above and beyond to treat her special Thank you
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
Hello Joaquin, Thank you for leaving a review. Birthdays are special for us, too! We love celebrating special days with our customers. We're glad you and your daughter had a amazing experience! Cheers!
star-5
I loved it
Victor_Z
, Nov 2020
What a great tour. The pilot was awesome and the views are amazing. I can’t wait to do it again sometime
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
Hello Victor_Z, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a 5-rating review. We love that you had a great Tour! Cheers!
star-5
Amazing Experience!
A_M
, Nov 2020
So much fun and worth it! We went over all of Manhattan and even being from New York doesn’t change how amazing it is to see New York from that view
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
Hello A_M, Thank you for your sharing your review with us. Your experience adds a unique perspective because you're local. We totally agree - seeing NYC from above makes it more amazing and special! Cheers!
star-5
Great experience
manhappywithlife
, Dec 2019
Did the first one with same company in 2012, nothing changed apart from this one only 20 minutes. Fantastic flight as the sun was going down over New York, still great service, even though we were very late. Would recommend to everybody.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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