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Manhattan Skyline

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7,221 Reviews
New York City, New York

The Basics

From land, water, and air, there are plenty of ways to admire the Manhattan skyline. Take a cruise on the Hudson River, East River, or New York Harbor for views of the city skyline and other landmarks including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Alternatively, walk across the Brooklyn Bridge or Manhattan Bridge, an activity that provides the chance to see the skyline at your own pace.

For aerial views, head to the top of Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, or One World Observatory, or opt for a helicopter tour for a VIP-style experience in the Big Apple.

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Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight
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Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight
$215.00 per adult
Excellent
Great experience and I would definitely do it again. The view was good . I will definitely purchase a longer tour
Josina_R, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

star-5
A most when in New York
George_S, Jul 2021
Statue of Liberty and New York City Skyline Sightseeing Cruise
Great experience! And the crew was amazing. We love it! There was also the right amount of COVID 19 guidelines to which you don’t feel endangered or restricted. Highly recommended
star-5
Amazing experience!!
BMS, Jul 2021
New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights
Entire trip was amazing!! Staff was friendly! Took all Covid precautions and very professional! Safety was taken seriously and would absolutely do this again!
star-5
Excellent
John_B, Jun 2021
Statue of Liberty and New York City Skyline Sightseeing Cruise
We went for Father's Day with our daughters and had a great time. The boat was really nice and very open inside with window views everywhere and also very clean. The crew were so nice and the Captain had a dry but funny personality. We really enjoyed ourselves and would definitely go again.
star-5
An unbelievable experience
David, May 2021
New York City Sunset Cruise on Yacht Manhattan
Spacious interior cabin,even when full,it felt so roomy,had the affect of an upper scale well designed restaurant. The rest rooms were clean better than a normal "city restaurants". The outdoor on deck was fabulous,located in the front,and the guests were so friendly .The close up view of the statue of liberty with the sun setting in the backround was breathtaking,overall it was a memorable evening.
star-5
New York Mini-Vacation 2021
Amoles-28, May 2021
NYC Skyline Tour
Very good, I felt safe and the tour was Great! The pilot was very informative. I was glad to see the city clean and free from smog.
star-5
Great experience.
Charles_H, May 2021
New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights
Amazing views of the West Side of Manhattan and New Jersey. Pilot and staff were friendly. All COVID-19 protocols were followed to ensure a safe and fun experience.
star-5
Awesome experience
Vicki_D, Mar 2021
New York City Sunset Cruise on Yacht Manhattan
Great Experience for the whole family! Views where stunning and my photos are amazing. The ship was clean, comfortable and very stylish. Highly recommend.
star-5
Great trip around the island
Albert_P, Jun 2021
Statue of Liberty and New York City Skyline Sightseeing Cruise
We had a great experience. Boat is clean and drinks were delish. Beautiful views and informative. Left on time.
star-4
Definitely worthwhile
Mark_N, Jul 2021
New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour
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.
star-5
Amazing
Yvette_H, Jul 2021
New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour
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.
star-5
Excellent Helicopter Ride Experience!!
Cyndi_C, Jul 2021
Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight
It was a hazy day but the ride was nice and the tour was great!! Very thorough explanation and it did not matter which side of the helicopter you sat on you got to see the all of the views. Good job!
star-4
Cramped
Clevelander, Jul 2021
Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight
The flight was fun for me however my tiny teen daughter was crammed in the middle of strangers and couldn’t see past them. She was so upset. She missed the whole thing.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The skyline is broken into two notable sections—Midtown Manhattan and Lower Manhattan.

  • The walk from One World Trade Center to the Empire State Building is about 3 miles (5 kilometers).

  • If you want to visit a skyscraper observatory such as that at the Empire State Building, consider a skip-the-line ticket to avoid the typically long wait.

  • For water views without booking a cruise, hop on the free Staten Island Ferry.

  • There are lots of wheelchair-accessible ways to admire the Manhattan Skyline.

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How to Get There

Manhattan is situated in the heart of New York City and is easily accessible on foot, by bike, boat, or train from various points across the city. The skyline itself is visible from various vantage points in and around, including across the river in Brooklyn. You can also admire the Manhattan Skyline as part of a walking tour or flightseeing experience.

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When to Get There

For great photos, avoid admiring the Manhattan Skyline in the middle of the day when the sun is high. For a romantic atmosphere, opt for a dinner cruise or nighttime stroll to see the skyscrapers illuminated. Or, go to New York City during the holidays for the chance to admire the skyline in the snow and see the landmark buildings decked out in seasonal decorations.

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Famous Buildings in the Manhattan Skyline

The 102-story, art deco–style Empire State Building—built in 1931—is possibly the most iconic piece of architecture on the planet. However, the Chrysler Building and Rockefeller Center surely aren't far behind, while the Time Warner Center, 4 Times Square, and One World Trade Center (aka Freedom Tower) feature more modern, but equally captivating, designs.

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