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New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour

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  • 20 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


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
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What's Included

  • 18-20-minute Helicopter tour
  • Local Taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • The listed price does not include a USD40.00/Per (including infants) heliport/security fee

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 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.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

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.

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

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

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Check-in is 45 minutes prior to the scheduled flight time. Failure to do so may result in extended wait times or forfeiture of flight.
  • A $40 (USD) heliport fee per person (including infants) is due at check-in.
  • 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.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • All passengers including children must have a government-issued ID/Passport or you may be denied your flight.
  • Please note, that 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.
  • All flight times are approximate and subject to change due to weather conditions and weight restrictions.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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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

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Featured review
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.
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My wife and I did this...
Riberto_F, Dec 2022
My wife and I did this for the first time and we loved it. I’ll recommend it to everyone that visits New York.
Best Adventure
Tess_S, Dec 2022
Amazing Adventure!! Patrick was the best! Worth every dollar!!! A must do in NYC!! Professional crew & super organized!
Seeing Manhattan in its...
Reggie_N, Dec 2022
Seeing Manhattan in its elements !! I felt like a pilot even though I wasn't Driving ! It's a Must to do !!
An excellent experience from start to finish
Glen_A, Nov 2022
Excellent helicopter ride, we went for the 20 mins tour which was enough to see all the major sights. The pilot was very informative and the ground staff were very good. An excellent experience from start to finish
Breathtaking and fun!
Rachel_W, Nov 2022
Super experience to get an overview of NYC! Good tour info and simple safety briefing - expensive but worth it.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hello Rachel_W, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We love getting feedback from our customers. Cheers!
Going beside the pilot...
carlacampus, Oct 2022
Going beside the pilot was an amazing experience! The front view was clear of obstacles, I could see everything better!
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hello carlacam, This is great! You had the best seat in town! Cheers!
Kate_M, Sep 2022
Incredible from start to finish! I was in two minds about whether to book a day or night tour but chose the day and the views were spectacular, down by the Statue of Liberty and around by Central Park, I think the views in the day light were probably better to take in rather than at night - I've also done helicopters in Vegas and would only do that at night!! Would highly recommend not missing this, even as a once off, treat yourself!
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hello Kate_M, Thank you for your review. Daytime tours are highly recommended as you can see ALL of the city! Cheers!
An absolute must do!!!
Michael_S, Sep 2022
I did that already couple of years ago, but it was once again a wonderful time and experience! Around battery park, circling the statue of Liberty, then along the Hudson, super!
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hello Michael, Welcome back! The views never get old. Cheers!
Buyer beware
June_C, Sep 2022
Company dis a great job BUT Viator never let us know there is an additional $40 per person charge at the gate!!! Beware. It’s in your email confirmation from the company and you can cancel up to 24 hours before but if you book the day before like we did you are stuck paying a fee you knew nothing about without any recourse.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hello June_C, When it comes to the Heliport Fees, we make it a priority to be completely transparent when it comes to the added fees charged at check in to pay the facility. All third party vendors as well as our own website outline the $40 Heliport Fee. Thank you.
Worth the money
Yana_M, Aug 2022
Amazing! We went with 3 kids ages 6 to 16 and everyone thought it was their best experiences ever! We flew over Hudson River with views over Manhattan skyline. We went as late as possible, around 4 pm in time for the golden hour and it was stunning.
Tobias_O, Aug 2022
perfect procedure with „ZIP Aviation“ fantastic views and unforgetable time we spent recommended for all !
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.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hello Bastian_, Thank you for your comments. Sometimes we need to reschedule passengers due to the weather, Operational needs at the heliport, Air Traffic issues, etc. We sincerely apologize if this did not work out for you. Thank you.
1 traveler found this review helpful
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.
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.
Gessie_M, Jul 2022
Overall, everything was memorable but Flying over Manhattan, and my pilot was hot was the highlight.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 👌
1 traveler found this review helpful


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