Recent Searches
Clear

New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour

star-4.5599 Reviews
|
Badge of Excellence
|
New York, United States
New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour

Select Date and Travelers

Number of travelers
1 Adult2 Adults3 Adults4 Adults5 Adults6 Adults0 Infants1 Infant2 Infants3 Infants4 Infants5 Infants6 Infants
Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance. Learn more
Loading available options...


Safety measures
icon20 minutes  (approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 9 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Operators have paid Viator more to have their experiences featured here

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
Saved to wishlist!
18-20-minute Helicopter tour
Local taxes
Gratuities
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.
6 East River Piers , 6 East River Piers, New York, NY 10004, USA

Google Maps provides the correct navigation route, all other navigation options will take you to Chelsea Piers. Please ensure the end of route address matches the address above. Located on Pier 6 (2 Building North of Staten Island ferry and the East River). Look for Zip Aviation.

This activity will end right where it started.
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.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
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.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ellis Island
Fly over Ellis Island.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
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
Stop At:  
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
Stop At:  
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!
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
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!
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
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!
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
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
Stop At:  
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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

Traveler Photos

See More
See More

Reviews

4.5
star-4.5
599 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

We perform checks on reviews

Showing 1-10 of 599 reviews
star-5
awesome
Tobias_O
, Aug 2022
perfect procedure with „ZIP Aviation“ fantastic views and unforgetable time we spent recommended for all !
star-3
It was OK
Bastian_R
, Aug 2022
The helicopter rides was good and we saw the scenic landmarks. A little more explanations would have been nice. What was not OK was that we were rescheduled a day before the flight to a later time.
star-5
Amazing experience
Gregor_W
, Aug 2022
It was breathtaking also the weather has been quite cloudy. Our Pilot Andrew made the whole trip very special and took all the fears that I had before easily away.
star-5
Just do it…
Steve_B
, Jul 2022
Have to say everything from the reservation to arriving at the heliport and the flight itself went extremely smoothly. Everyone was very pleasant, professional and they even got us out much earlier than we expected. Probably the favorite part of our trip. Well done.
star-5
Amazing
Gessie_M
, Jul 2022
Overall, everything was memorable but Flying over Manhattan, and my pilot was hot was the highlight.
star-2
Aerial. View without audio
Usha_V
, Jul 2022
There was absolute no audio. All we could hear was the foreign language discussion of the other passengers. The flight also was 20 minutes lAte Although we were there nobody bothered to announce the late departure
star-5
There is $40 charge at the terminal.
Evan_J
, Jul 2022
Booked this trip for my Son and his Girlfriend. They both loved every second of the trip. My only criticism is that when I made the booking. I asked the person on the other end of the phone if there was any more charges to pay at the terminal. As the confirmation email did there was an $40 charge per person. I was told it was in the price. This wasn’t the case we had to pay the $80. It was still worth the money as both my son and his Girlfriend loved every 2nd.
star-5
Wow!
Jazz_R
, Jul 2022
The experience was a birthday present and I was definitely not disappointed. It definitely had the wow factor! From the moment we got to Zip Aviation to the moment we left after the experience staff made us feel very comfortable and gave a warm welcome. Captain Andrew also made the entire tour memorable. The views were spectacular.
star-4
Great little tour
Jackie_R
, Jul 2022
Great little tour. Felt a bit like sardines and cattle while you wait for your ride. But worth the wait. 15 minute was the perfect amount of time for the tour pilot was soo Awesome!!!. Plenty of parking was a major plus but was rushed off their parking lot before we can put in directions for our next destination.
star-5
Wouah, spectacular! The real way to understand New York
Patricia_A
, Jun 2022
It was a birthday gift for my niece: she enjoyed it all and I did too! A nice memory for her birthday 👌
star-5
Go for it!
Barry_B
, May 2022
Great views of NYC. The flight and process were very safe and efficient. The only area for improvement is the audio presentation. It was difficult to hear and not as good as when the pilot does it live.
star-5
One for the bucket list!
Amanda_W
, May 2022
Highly recommend! Brilliant trip. Very well organised and absolutely beautiful trip across Manhattan! Would do it again in a heartbeat.
star-5
More than I expected
JIM_T
, May 2022
Very smooth flight The music & narration through the headsets was perfect Professional pilot & crew Helicopter was clean
star-5
A must do
Sandra_S
, May 2022
The view. The organisation, the adventure. All in all an unforgetable experience. Thank you, we can really recommend you
star-5
Really smooth ride at a...
Benjamin_J
, May 2022
Really smooth ride at a perfect pace. Clean and spacious helicopter with very professional pilot. Great fun!
star-3
Average. Not recommended.
Bettina_N
, Apr 2022
Average experience. Over 1 h waiting time, staff at reception seemed incompetent, should have been a birthday surprise (I emailed to tell them this twice) but no one acknowledged this, pilot did not say a thing, just flew up and down the Hudson River. If you sit on the wrong side of the helicopter you miss half of all the attractions. Way too expensive. It’s better to take a ferry, you will see much more.
star-5
Unforgettable moments
Christian_H
, Apr 2022
seeing the skyline of Manhattan from the helicopter was definitely unforgettable! Organisation of the flight was perfect, very helpful people, a lot of fun!!
star-5
Fantastic experience
Martin_G
, Apr 2022
Great experience seeing all the great landmarks around New York and the skyline of Manhattan. Clear skies made it even better
star-5
Icing on cake of an amazing trip
Robert_A
, Apr 2022
How do you wrap up the most amazing five days soaking up everything that New York has to offer..? Add the exhilaration of an NYC helicopter ride! Simply stunning! Booking was simple, safe and the lady we spoke too very helpful in finding us a slot that worked. We got so lucky with the weather (not a cloud in site), ensuring maximum visibility as we flew the entire island soaking up the sights from the perspective only a helicopter flight could offer. Our flight captain was great, offering information and some humour to get everyone comfortable and ensuring the most enjoyment possible. Even in a city that isn’t short on magical experiences, this takes first place!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Great exp but tge airport hub fee is a con!
Sally_G
, Apr 2022
$40 airport hub fee per person a little steep and really takes away from the fun. Its already an expensive trip for 5 people.....and the pp fee in addition feels like gougeng!

Why you are seeing these recommendations

Compare Similar Experiences

Current
New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour
New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour

star-4.5599

20 minutes

Free Cancellation

From
$289.00

star-4.5436

N/A

Free Cancellation

From
$279.00

star-5204

N/A

Free Cancellation

From
$369.00

star-5482

N/A

Free Cancellation

From
$229.00

star-4277

30 minutes

Free Cancellation

From
$363.00

star-4.5184

N/A

Free Cancellation

From
$274.00

star-4266

N/A

Free Cancellation

From
$155.00

star-54

3 hours 40 minutes

Free Cancellation

From
$328.67
Why you are seeing these recommendations

Explore Similar Things to Do

Why you are seeing these recommendations