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Our most recommended New York City Air & Helicopter Tours

  • New York City: Manhattan Island Helicopter Tour

    1. New York City: Manhattan Island Helicopter Tour

    Experience the best views in New York City from inside a helicopter, complete with large floor-to-ceiling convex windows for your viewing pleasure. On your flight you will see the beautiful Central Park, Hudson River, and New York Harbor, including the Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum.

    You’ll also cruise past the Rockefeller Center, Empire State Building, the World Financial Center, and the Chrysler Building from up high, as well as the iconic Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Greenwich Village, South Street Seaport, and the Brooklyn Bridge, which dates all the way back to 1883.

    With tour narration and all heliport fees included, there is no better way to enjoy the dramatic and ever-evolving New York City skyline.

    Fantastic experience. It helped that we had a gorgeous day! Beautiful way to see the city. Our helicopter sat 5 people, 1 up front and 4 in the back in. 2-2 configuration so everything had a great window view.

  • From New Jersey: NYC City Lights Helicopter Tour at Night

    2. From New Jersey: NYC City Lights Helicopter Tour at Night

    Welcome to Linden, New Jersey where for an evening NYC flight adventure. Reach Linden by NJ Transit from Manhattan's Penn Station or via car with plenty of free parking available. Upgrade to a private flight experience and benefit from round-trip transfers from Manhattan.

    Your journey begins by flying directly over Newark International Airport towards Manhattan. En route to New York Harbor, view the illuminated Statue of Liberty before viewing the skyscrapers of the Financial District, home of The New York Stock Exchange.

    Flying north along the Hudson River, catch a glimpse of the Empire State Building, as well as Madison Square Garden, Hudson Yards, Chelsea, The West Village, SOHO and TRIBECA. 9/11 Memorial and One World Trade Center are also in view.

    Be prepared to get some great pictures as you ...

    It was a unique experience! The pilot was very funny! We had a wonderful time. We flew at night and made the experience even more magical.

  • New York City: Private Helicopter Tour for Couples

    3. New York City: Private Helicopter Tour for Couples

    Avoid the traffic and take in spectacular views on 30-minute or 45-minute scenic helicopter flight over Manhattan. Bring your special someone along on this unique tour that’s priced for 2 persons. Tours depart from and arrive at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York, a relaxed, crowd-free location just outside NYC. It’s easily accessed by public transit (Metro-North rail) and by car (free parking). Begin with a safety briefing before boarding the helicopter. Take off and enjoy stunning aerial views of Central Park, Yankee Stadium, the iconic Manhattan skyline, the Empire State and Chrysler buildings, and the East River bridges. Gaze down on the incredible sights from the air, knowing that there truly is no other place in the world like New York City.

    Extremely professional and easy to get to the airport. As we arrived we were kindly greeted and explained all protocols. Safe, fun, highly recommend. Can’t wait to do it again!

  • NYC: Private Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

    4. NYC: Private Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

    Take in the incredible views of New York from above with a private helicopter flight over Manhattan. Avoid the traffic and see the sights of Manhattan’s famous skyline below you. Start your experience at a heliport in Westchester, just north of New York City. Listen to a safety briefing before boarding the helicopter, then sit back and relax as you head for the sky. Look out over Central Park and up towards Yankee Stadium. Admire iconic skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building from a different perspective. Look down at the East River bridges and the rest of the city below.

  • NYC: Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

    5. NYC: Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

    See the iconic sights of New York City with a helicopter flight over Manhattan. Depart from Downtown Manhattan or Westchester, avoid the traffic, and look on as the Big Apple’s famous skyline appears below you. Be amazed by aerial views of iconic landmarks that may include Central Park, Yankee Stadium (if there’s no game on), the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty, depending on the option selected. Admire skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building from a different perspective. Look down at the East River bridges and the rest of the city below.

  • New York City: Helicopter Piloting Experience

    6. New York City: Helicopter Piloting Experience

    Your first helicopter flight lesson begins with 30 minutes of ground instruction that covers helicopter flight controls, flying techniques, and safety procedures. You will then be able to join a professional flight instructor for an exciting 30-minute flight departing from Westchester County Airport in White Plains, just outside New York City. Bring a friend or family member along for the ride if you like (additional fee applies). Once airborne, you will have the opportunity to take control of a Robinson R44 helicopter, one of the most popular civilian helicopters in the world. Take in stunning views of Westchester County, the New York/Connecticut coastline, the Hudson River, and the NYC skyline in the distance. No prior flight training or flying experience is necessary. Please note that flight lessons do not go over NYC. Flights depart from Westchester County Airport in White Plains, ...

    The pilot was wonderful. The view was amazing. And the the pilot explained everything 2 me with clarity and precise.

  • From Westchester: Shared Helicopter Tour over New York City

    7. From Westchester: Shared Helicopter Tour over New York City

    Choose a 30 or 45-minute helicopter flight and lift off from Westchester Airport, reaching New York City airspace in just a few minutes. The skilled pilots will dazzle you with bird’s-eye views of Central Park and Midtown Manhattan. On the 30-minute tour, skilled pilots will dazzle you with amazing aerial views of Midtown Manhattan, Central Park, Hudson River, Yankee Stadium, outside of game times, and more. On the 45-minute tour, you’ll have views of the Downtown Manhattan/Statue of Liberty area as well, including the Freedom Tower, Financial District, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Brooklyn Bridge. This is in addition to all sights seen on the 30-minute tour. Yankee Stadium is accessible outside game times only. In case of poor weather or aircraft maintenance, the operator will notify the customer at least 2 hours before the scheduled flight. Tours depart and arrive at Westchest...

    It was a great experience! The staff at the airport were friendly and professional and the pilot made it great flying experience.

  • NYC: Private Sightseeing Helicopter Tour with Transfer

    8. NYC: Private Sightseeing Helicopter Tour with Transfer

    Enjoy a unique viewpoint of New York with a private helicopter flight over Manhattan. Avoid the traffic and see the sights of Manhattan’s famous skyline from above. Begin your experience with a transfer from your accommodation to the heliport in Westchester. Listen to a safety briefing before boarding the helicopter, then sit back and relax as you head for the sky. Look out over Central Park and up towards Yankee Stadium. Admire iconic skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building from a different perspective. Look down at the East River bridges and the rest of the city below.

  • New York City: Private Helicopter Flight

    9. New York City: Private Helicopter Flight

    Get panoramic views of New York City and its amazing monuments by day or night on a private 30 or 45-minute helicopter flight. Fly over Manhattan aboard an aircraft for up to 5 people and discover the city like a bird with your family or friends. Escape the crowds as you depart from Westchester County Airport, located in tranquil White Plains just outside New York City. Catch the Metro-North rail line or avail of the free parking if you choose to come by car. Listen to a safety briefing on arrival before climbing aboard the helicopter for take-off. Tours depart and arrive at Westchester County Airport Sit back and soak up the stunning aerial views, revealed straight away as you fly over the Yankee Stadium in the Bronx and head over Manhattan. Admire iconic skyscrapers such as the famous Empire State Building and Chrysler Building from a different perspective. See Central Park from abov...

  • New York City: Helicopter Sightseeing Charter with Champagne

    10. New York City: Helicopter Sightseeing Charter with Champagne

    Enjoy a romantic date or family outing in your private helicopter with stunning aerial views of Manhattan. All flights are personally narrated by friendly and experienced pilots. R44, AStar, and Twin Star helicopter options available. On a 30-minute helicopter charter, skilled pilots will dazzle you with bird’s-eye views of the Hudson River, East River, Yankee Stadium (accessible outside game times only), Harlem, Central Park, Columbus Circle, Times Square, Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, George Washington Bridge, Freedom Tower, Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island (with the exception of any restricted areas).

Family-friendly activities: Things to do in New York with kids

Going for a family trip to the Big Apple? You’ll find fun and fantastic things to do in New York with kids. The city that never sleeps has something for every age, every personality, and every bedtime! Introduce them to Spiderman, Mickey, or Elsa in Times Square. Ride the Cyclone or win a teddy bear on the boardwalk on Coney Island. Experience old-school entertainment with story time at the New York Public Library or the Strand. Or go big with the latest Broadway kids spectacular or family-friendly performances at Symphony Space. Take a stroll through Central Park and ride the carousel or learn about hieroglyphics at the Obelisk. Find pure enjoyment and entertainment with a dash of learning in every part of New York City.

Visit the Children’s Museum of Art: Let your little artists shine

Everyone can be an artist at the Children’s Museum of Art. Even in the Gallery where established artists are exhibited, kids are encouraged to create art inspired by what they see. There are activities for kids as young as 10 months old up to the teenage years. Let your kids express themselves and maybe learn skills they didn’t know they had. And there’s more than just painting – they can try sewing, sculpting, animation, photography, sound recording, and more. Watch your kids’ creative juices flow!

You’ll be glad to know that there’s a storage area for coats and strollers as strollers are not allowed inside. There is limited food and drinks available for sale, so you can bring in your own food and drink. Baby changing facilities are also available.

Visit the NYC Fire Museum: See what it’s like to be a firefighter

Take your kids to the Fire Museum where they can mix fun with a bit of education on safety. Old fire engines and helmets and interactive exhibits will provide kids and adults with lots of fun. This stop will be a winner especially if you have a kid that wants to be a firefighter. Or perhaps you’re the one who wanted to be a firefighter in younger years? Putting on firefighter gear will be the highlight of your day then! You can even buy firefighter gear for your little firefighter in the museum’s souvenir shop. Besides the fun part, kids will also learn how to keep safe during a fire emergency. You can expect to spend about an hour or two inside the museum.

You can use strollers inside the museum. Note that you can’t bring food or drinks inside the exhibition area.

Visit Intrepid Air, Space, & Sea Museum: Let your kids experience it all

More than just a floating museum, the Intrepid is a fully interactive experience. Give the kids a new appreciation for all things flying. Then check out the space shuttle Enterprise and the Concorde or tour a nuclear submarine. Military buffs can see planes from the Armed Forces and push the controls inside a Bell helicopter. For a more immersive experience, there are flight simulators – see if they can handle the G-Force or move like a Blue Angel!

There is no coat check, so be prepared to carry everything with you. Strollers are allowed, but you should be aware that there are multiple levels and narrow passages. If you get hungry, there’s a restaurant with a kid’s menu and vending machines outside.

Visit Gulliver’s Gate: Feel like giants

Spark your kids’ curiosity and wonder in a miniature New York City. This may be a dreamland for kids who love dollhouses and Legos. The artists made sure to sneak in surprises, such as Spiderman on the Brooklyn Bridge, firemen rescuing a kitten in a tree, and a tightrope walker inside Grand Central Station. As they look for these Easter eggs, they may learn about everyday life in the city. There are other cities too, including landmarks across Asia, Latin America, and Europe. See if they can find Pokémon on Mount Fuji or decide whether the ropes will work on the Tower of Pisa.

This attraction is suitable for all kids, although you may want to watch the little ones around the miniatures. There is a coat check, for a small fee, that takes bags and strollers. Strollers are allowed inside, and there are baby changing facilities. Note that food and drinks, as well as selfie sticks, are not allowed.

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What people are saying about New York City

Live in CNY. Been to the city plenty of times but never have been here. Why did our family wait so long??? This was a great experience and rich in history. The views, AMAZING! Love the Big !

We went for my son's 9th bday and I was amazed by the knowledge and history this tour recommended. It was honestly our trips highlight besides The Statue of Liberty.

Amazing sights towards sunset . Thr shows rooms before the lift to the 86th sre beautiful. We eenjoyed very much.

The captain knew much of the history surrounding the harbor and the Burroughs. It was time well spent.

The workers were very nice, the ice cream was very good. All the activities were wonderful.