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The Big Apple Helicopter Tour of New York City (17-20 Minutes)

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The Big Apple Helicopter Tour of New York City (17-20 Minutes)

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icon20 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Get a bird's-eye view of the Big Apple and its boroughs during this scenic helicopter tour. Climb aboard your metal steed and soar over Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx during your flight. See more landmarks than you would if you were on foot including the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tour of New York City by helicopter
  • Amazing views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Midtown Manhattan
  • Fly over the Hudson River and up to Yankee Stadium and Central Park
  • Choice of multiple flight times makes this easy to fit into any schedule
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Shared Helicopter Flight (shared experience with other travelers)
Live commentary on board, Climate controlled cabin
Heliport Landing and Facility Fees
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
6 E River Greenway , 6 E River Greenway, New York, NY 10004, USA

6 E River Greenway, Bikeway, NY 10004 Directions: • Located at Pier 6 & the East River • 2 buildings north of Staten Island Ferry and the East River By Train: • Take the R to Whitehall Street Stop. Take the 1 to South Ferry Stop By Bus: • Take the number 9 or 15 to South Street Seaport Stop

This activity will end right where it started.
Start this exciting aerial tour of New York City by hopping in the helicopter and ascending into the sky above the Big Apple. Fly down the Hudson River passing One World Trade Center, the historic Woolworth Building, and the many towers of the Financial District. Then hover over the Statue of Liberty, getting an incredible view from above before flying near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge that links Staten Island and Brooklyn.

Head back up the Hudson, passing along the way the New York Times building, the Empire State Building, Times Square, the Intrepid aircraft carrier, and Central Park. Fly further uptown to see the gigantic St. John the Divine Cathedral, Columbia University, the famed Dakota apartment building, and the George Washington Bridge before landing safely back down at the heliport to conclude your tour.

Please note: The listed price does not include the heliport fee payable at the time of tour check-in.
Itinerary
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Brooklyn Bridge
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Statue of Liberty
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Chrysler Building
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Empire State Building
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Ellis Island
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The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum
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Central Park
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Yankee Stadium
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Rockefeller Center
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George Washington Bridge
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Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine
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Columbia University
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Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex
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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
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One World Trade Center
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Due to comfort and weight / balance of the aircraft, passengers weighing over 275 lbs may be unable to fly. If passengers require a seat belt extender they will not be able to attend
  • A current valid government issued photo ID is required on the day of travel
  • All bags are subject to inspection. Complimentary lockers are available to hold belongings while flying
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 2 must sit in an adults lap at no charge.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Charm Aviation NYC
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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during The Big Apple Helicopter Tour of New York City (17-20 Minutes)?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during The Big Apple Helicopter Tour of New York City (17-20 Minutes)?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during The Big Apple Helicopter Tour of New York City (17-20 Minutes)?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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star-1
Bad Customer Service
Kevin_H
, Aug 2022
I would NOT recommend this company. They hit us on What's App appx 60min before flight time informing us they would not be flying due to maintenance. We understand issues arise to the equipment, but to wait until the last minute to notify us with no options of making things right other than a refund was disappointing. Due to NY traffic, we were already enroute to the heliport which we obviously incurred costs. This experience was to be the highlight of our trip, so rebooking us on another chopper or with another company would have made sense. Instead, the agent said there was nothing he could do other than book us on a flight the following weekend (which made no sense as we were visiting from Florida) or give us a refund. Then, we couldn't even reach Viator or Tripadvisor for help or assistance. Just bad customer service all the way around in my opinion.
star-5
Wow excellent
Karen_Y
, Aug 2022
Staff very good and it all worked like clockwork. Easy to find. Pilot very knowledgeable and pointed out places/buildings of interest all the time.
star-5
Get to da choppa
James_H
, Jun 2022
Views of the city that you can’t experience in any other way. It’s a quick flight (30 mins) but it’s amazing at how much you see in that brief period of time. So cool.
star-5
Well worth the money
Rachel_I
, Aug 2019
Really well managed by friendly professional staff. We saw all we expected to and the pilot was knowledgeable at pointing sights out to see. He also gave background history to the landmarks.
star-4
Beautiful views
Barry_B
, Jun 2019
We took our 11 year old granddaughter on this lovely helicopter trip. The views were unique and lovely. People were nice and everything was safe. The pilot, however, had to spend time talking to local controllers about air traffic. The trip would have been even better if he would have given more dialogue to the passengers on the sites and history.
star-5
Overcast day, must be wonderful on a...
NICOLA P
, Sep 2018
Overcast day, must be wonderful on a Sunny day, this aside fabulous and breathtaking views.
star-4
We payed extra for the 25 minute...
Alexander G
, Mar 2018
We payed extra for the 25 minute flight but on arrival it was a case of one flight does all and we ended up with a 15 minute flight. The flight was amazing but all too short.
star-4
Any Helicopter ride is good, but I...
Julio M
, Sep 2017
Any Helicopter ride is good, but I realized when I was there, other Vendor's were equipped with newer/better Helicopters and the experience can be impacted greatly by this based on comfort and visibility. It was very smooth process, thus It could have been a little bit more luxurious for the price paid. They really wanted a very efficient get in/get out money making machine instead of a true experience. I really liked the folks on the ground, those guys were very friendly. So my tip is check the Vendors before booking, I had limited time, so ended up with Liberty, but would have considered another vendor if I had time to do more research.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Was an amazing experience. Wonderful...
David B
, Sep 2017
Was an amazing experience. Wonderful way to see New York!
star-5
This was so much fun! Kids had a...
michelle_naftzger
, Aug 2017
This was so much fun! Kids had a great time sitting up front and see all the sites from the sky.
star-5
Great experience! Lots of fun to see...
Bronwyn M
, May 2017
Great experience! Lots of fun to see the skyline of NYC.
star-4
Nice views of NYC. The actual ride...
Patricia_V
, Jan 2017
Nice views of NYC. The actual ride was 20-25 minutes too short. I must say our pilot did provide informative information about various buildings and sights along the way.
star-2
This was booked as a gift for my...
Katrina K
, Dec 2016
This was booked as a gift for my boyfriend for his 40th birthday. He had never been to NYC and so what better way to see it all than from the air! I booked our trip 24 hours in advance, the next day when he called Liberty Helicopter to book our flight time. The woman on the phone was rude and told him that there were no more times available and that same day reservations are not normally accepted. He explained that the reservations had been made the day before through Viator and her response was They don't make reservations, I do! So, reluctantly he made them for a Saturday. We were told to be there 30 min in advance of our flight time 12pm. We arrived and checked-in at the front desk at 11:30:27am our ticket was time stamped and instructed to sit on a wooden bench for our flight group to be called. After an hour of patiently waiting, we asked a Liberty Helicopter employee when we were going to be called for our tour. He asked what time we were scheduled and what time we we checked in and that flight times can vary based upon group sizes and weight distribution of the aircraft. I completely understand this fact and would never want a company to eschew safe operations because it might make some customers unhappy however, effectively communication of delays doesn't impact flight times. By this point the waiting area was packed with other patrons while Liberty Helicopters' safety video played on a constant loop blaring at high volume. We were finally called for our flight and into the helicopter we went. To see the city from the air was amazing, but realize your 18-20 minute flight time includes taking off and landing. So actually site seeing time is roughly 10-12 minutes. My boyfriend loved the city and getting to see it from the air however, we were both thoroughly displeased with Liberty Helicopters and staff. We have since reached out to them and expressed our concerns. Below is the reply from Pam Schaefer of Liberty Helicopters. Liberty Helicopters take pride in providing our guests with the safest and most enjoyable experience possible, therefore your feedback is very important to us. We ask that customers make their reservation at least 48 hours in advance... same day reservations are not guaranteed this is disclosed on the viator voucher and website as well. All customers are required to fill out paperwork at the heliport as to weight name and age etc regardless of what you submitted to Viator. We err to the side of caution on this as the seating is based on weight and balance and we want to make sure it is accurate plus we need to maintain an exact flight manifest. NYC is a busy place and from time to time we do, unfortunately, experience delays in operation. We disclose this on all written marketing materials and the staff does its best to verbally communicate any delays to our guests. We apologize for any delay and inconvenience this may have caused you. That said, I have forwarded your email to my heliport manager so that he can further address with the staff and correct any issues he finds. Thank you for your candid feedback and assessment of our service. 1. Nowhere on Viator's website does it state reservations need to be made 48 hours in advance nor is that stated on my purchase voucher from Viator and lastly nowhere is this information stated in Liberty Helicopters FAQ's on their website. 2. Accurate Manifest consists of handwritten forms with In Case of Emergency contact information 3. When we booked our ticket through Viator the name of the service provider was not revealed until the purchase was complete so there is not way to review any marketing materials produced by the service provider We paid a lot of money for this tour and while seeing the city from the air was amazing! The service received by Liberty Helicopter was less than stellar and from what we are now coming to learning they are EXTREMELY overpriced. And in all honesty you can get the same view of the city from an airplane window by flying into LaGuardia.
star-5
Wonderful experience, a quite...
Gkben_e
, Dec 2016
Wonderful experience, a quite different angle to see NY, unlike the comments on the website of the tour we did not even wait for 5 minutes, relatively speeded up process to board... My daughter loved it. Definitely look for another tour for my next trip!
star-5
Fantastic helicopter trip, we saw...
Katie J
, Dec 2016
Fantastic helicopter trip, we saw all the top sights. We were really lucky as we got a few extra minutes whilst waiting to land! Probably the best value helicopter trip out there.
star-5
Very friendly and professional service...
Paul H
, Oct 2016
Very friendly and professional service. Great trip - I would highly recommend.
star-5
This is also a must do as you really...
Peter D
, Sep 2016
This is also a must do as you really get to understand just how NY is made up.
star-5
Had an absolutely brilliant...
Colin_S
, Jun 2016
Had an absolutely brilliant time,everything ran like clockwork considering they had to fit in some cancellations from the previous day,due to bad weather . The staff were amazing which added to the whole experience .A great day all round . Thanks to all involved. Colin
star-5
Excellent service, friendly team and...
neal-l
, Jun 2016
Excellent service, friendly team and easy to book.
star-4
enjoyed it but didnt see all i hoped...
Rob W
, Jun 2016
enjoyed it but didnt see all i hoped as on one side of helicopter and didnt see that well from the middle

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