New York City: Manhattan Helicopter Tour

Activity provider: Zip Aviation

New York City: Manhattan Helicopter Tour

Activity provider: Zip Aviation
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Enjoy a bird's eye perspective of NYC on a narrated helicopter tour as you cruise over Manhattan's iconic skyscrapers, come face to face with the Statue of Liberty, and head uptown past Central Park.

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Duration 12 - 30 minutes
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Audio guide included
Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish


  • See Manhattan by helicopter
  • Experience a bird's-eye view of Central Park and the Empire State Building
  • Come face to face with the Statue of Liberty
  • See the lights of Broadway in a completely unique way
  • Fly past Brooklyn Bridge
Full description

Manhattan brings to mind grand skyscrapers, taxi cabs, and a world-class attitude all of its own. See all this and more as an expert pilot flies you over NYC on a 15 or 20-minute helicopter tour. Soar over the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, Madison Square Garden, among other landmarks. After take-off from the Downtown Heliport, swing down over lower Manhattan to see the skyline and streets below. Swoop over Battery Park to glance at Wall Street and its labyrinth of streets.

Then sail over to Governor's Island, an island once reserved only for the city's dignitaries that now hosts summer concerts and public art. Then, fly over Ellis Island and see Lady Liberty shining brightly in the distance. Cruise right up to her eye for a new perspective of the Statue of Liberty.

Enjoy all this before heading up the Hudson past the piers of Chelsea and the lights of Broadway. On your way back to the pier, head around the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, and fly over Ground Zero where you can have a look at the exceptional work they're doing at the sight.

Continue past Madison Square Garden and the Intrepid Air and Space Museum. See Central Park as your flight turns around to return to the heliport.

Sights included in the 15-Minute tour:

Statue of Liberty

Ellis Island

One World Trade Center

9/11 Memorial

Brooklyn Bridge

Battery Park

Wall Street/Financial District

Empire State Building

Chrysler Building

Madison Square Garden

Times Square

U.S.S. Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum

Central Park

Sights included in the 20-Minute tour:

Brooklyn Bridge

Battery Park

Wall Street

Statue of Liberty

Ellis Island

One World Trade Center

9/11 Memorial Site

Empire State Building

Chrysler Building

Madison Square Garden

U.S.S. Intrepid Museum

Times Square

Central Park

Grant’s Tomb

George Washington Bridge

Harlem and Harlem River

The Bronx and Yankee Stadium

Palisades Cliffs

Spuyten Duyvil Bridge

  • 15-minute, 20-minute, or 30-minute pre-recorded narrated helicopter tour (depending on the option selected)
  • Professional pilot and crew
  • Optional video (available for purchase)
  • Transportation to and from the heliport
  • Optional tips
  • Locker rental (available for purchase)
  • Boarding fee ($40.00 USD per passenger)
  • Infants are free but the boarding fee must be paid
Not suitable for
  • People over 300 lbs (136 kg)

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Meeting point

This tour departs from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport, located at Pier 6 on the East River, New York, NY 10004. Check-in starts 45 minutes before the starting time of the tour.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Know before you go

  • Passengers must pay a non-inclusive boarding fee of $40.00 USD before the departure of the flight
  • A minimum of 4 passengers is required to book the 30 minute flight
  • You are not guaranteed a window seat and may be seated in the back
  • The pre-recorded tour narration minimizes the interaction with customers and pilots, so the pilots can focus on air traffic and radio calls within the busiest airspace in the country. This is not meant to create distance from our pilots, but solely a measure of extra safety. Narrated 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. Due to the unpredictable nature of technical difficulties, we cannot provide assurance for the audio functionality of the headsets
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 1238 reviews

Review summary

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Good experience, but the fligth was maybe only 5-10 minutes. Once over the Hudson River and back. I was lucky to sit next to the pilot but some other guys in the back might not have such a good view like me. I would do it again but prefer a longer flight and maybe have to pay more for that. It was really too short.

February 10, 2023

I was sceptical about the experience to start, nervous dropping that money on a short experience, but it turned out I was wrong. Excellent staff, kind and attentive. Fantastic experience around Manhattan in the helicopter, my daughter and I exited with huge smiles. Definitely the cherry on top of the cake for our New York experience. On a practical note though, I’m a big guy nearly 300lbs, it can be cramped trying to get in your seat and sharing a footwell with a passenger opposite. It took a little effort to get set up in the seat! However, for the 12-15 minutes you’re in the air you forget about being a little cramped because the experience takes over! If you can afford the trip, then I highly recommend it to top off your trip to New York.

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November 19, 2022

We had such a special experience! Our pilot Andrew was superb and made it so special for my husband who turned 30 on the day! Special thanks for Felix as well who also Helped make it amazing!! But generally all staff were so friendly and it was worth every penny!

October 16, 2022

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