When you arrive in New York City, there is an overwhelming feeling of having so much choice when you begin to consider how you want to see the city. If you’re not looking to immerse yourself in the atmosphere alone, there are guided bus and walking tours that take you through the maze of busy streets as you glare in awe at the museums, monuments and landmarks. However, if remaining on the ground isn’t a sufficient option and you’re looking to be 1,000 feet above it looking down, an helicopter tour of New York can cater to your aerial wanderlust. Unlike bus and walking tours, you’ll sit high above the sky taking in the expansive and vibrant nature of the Big Apple.
Helicopter tours are renowned for being the best way to see New York City. Regardless of whether your desire is to see the tip of the Statue of Liberty flame, the sprawling natural beauty of Central Park, or where King Kong made his famous journey up the Empire State Building, you’ll be treated to an experience like never before. Although helicopter tours are known for being on the more expensive side, there’s also a comfort in knowing that helicopter tour operators are highly competitive and you can find many affordable offers on TourScanner. So if you’re looking to see a whole city from the air, then a helicopter tour is for you.
Since helicopter tours of New York City have become so sought after in recent years, there has been huge increase in the amount of aerial tour companies in operation, which is why it’s often difficult to pick one that suits your exploration needs. Because New York City boasts one of, if not the most impressive and picturesque skylines in the world, it’s important to pick both a reputable company and one that will give you the best possible experience. You have two options available at your disposal: a group tour and a private tour. You also have a further two choices as to whether you want to have an aerial view in the daytime or whether you want to see the city’s beaming lights in the nighttime. Generally, private tours are favoured over group tours due to privacy and the fact that you’re guaranteed a window seat, as opposed to a group tour where you’ll be sharing the same airspace with four or five different people. However, the cost of a group tour is considerably lower than a private tour, ranging from $250 to $500. A private tour will cost you in the region of $2,000-$2,800. Some tour operators have an added optional hotel pickup and drop-off for an extra fee. Also note that there is a compulsory $25-$40 heliport fee will be placed on all tours irrespective of who you book through and what type of tour you choose, and must be paid at the time of check-in. Once your choice has been made and you’re ready to hit the skies, you’ll experience a panoramic view that’s totally unforgettable. Most tours start at the Lower Manhattan Heliport at Pier 6 in the East River and last approximately 12-15 minutes, which can be extended at an extra cost. Depending on how long you’ll be in the sky, your trusted pilot will guide you (with added commentary) to some of the most breathtaking sights imaginable, including the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Governors Island, Ellis Island, Chelsea Piers, Ground Zero Monument, and the George Washington Bridge. You’ll also be able to see the Central Park Tower, Rockefeller Center, and the Empire State Building against the horizon. Please note that due to federal law, helicopters cannot fly directly over New York City itself due to air safety and restrictions; instead their route takes you directly over the Hudson River.