NYC Helicopter Tours

From: $229   


Financial District - New York, NY


Monday through Saturday - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
*Pending pilot availability

Experience the Big Apple from the unique perspective of an NYC Helicopter Tour! Take in the city's famed skyscrapers and celebrated landmarks from aboard one of the most spectacular things to do in New York, this weekend and beyond.

  • Kick back in the cabin of a stylish Bell 407 aircraft, boasting the utmost in comfort and safety as you marvel at the majestic NYC skyline from a bird's eye view.
  • Relish the tranquility of a memorable helicopter tour over NYC's Harbor area and Hudson River in the company of family, friends or a special someone.
  • Take in unrivaled views of famous Manhattan attractions, and delight in unique photo opps of New York sights like the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Ellis Island and much more!
  • Enjoy the best helicopter ride in New York with the expertise of an FAA certified company.
  • Pilots have 30+ years of NYC Helicopter Tour operation experience, alongside thousands of hours of logged flight time.

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When it comes to finding the best helicopter rides in NYC, rest assured your search is over! Board one of aviation's sleekest commercial helicopter models, the Bell 407, and embark on an unforgettable flight viewing Manhattan's finest scenery. From the city skyline to the glistening Hudson River, and much more New York sightseeing in-between it's no wonder this NYC Helicopter Tour is a must for both locals and visitors to the Big Apple, alike.

If you're wondering what to see in NYC, no other city tour or attraction in Manhattan comes close to offering the views that come with a helicopter ride! Glide past distinguished New York sights like the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, and the One World Observatory (the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, formerly known as The Freedom Tower) on a sightseeing expedition that won't soon be forgotten.

Thanks to the engineering genius of the Bell 407, this NYC Helicopter Tour can accommodate anywhere from one to six passengers, making it an ideal way to enjoy a unique New York experience with family or friends. Sit back and relax in the comfort of a spacious cabin as your FAA certified pilot takes your party up, up and away for a surprisingly smooth ride full of breathtaking New York City sightseeing.

Your remarkable 12-15 minute NYC Helicopter Tour begins as you lift off from the city's Financial District, embarking on a journey along the esteemed isle of Manhattan. Delight immediately in awe-inspiring views of landmarks such as Brooklyn Bridge, Battery Park, Governors Island, Ellis Island, South Street Seaport, and Goldman Sachs Tower as your flight commences. And that's only the beginning an abundance of attractions are just waiting in the wings, as the New York helicopter ride makes its way towards the Manhattan area.

Soar over the brilliant waters of the Hudson River and NY Harbor, ooh'ing and ahh'ing as more and more New York sights appear before your very eyes. Whether you choose to relish photo opps or appreciate the attractions without the help of a camera, you won't be disappointed! Gaze at landmarks in a brand new way as the NYC Helicopter Tour offers unparalleled views of the Crysler Building, Chelsea Piers, One World Observatory, Empire State Building, and the impressive expanse of Manhattan's beloved Central Park.

Your helicopter ride over New York waters isn't over yet! As you make your way back down the Hudson River to the landing pad, keep your eyes on New Jersey's charming shoreline. Proudly standing adjacent to their neighboring New York attractions are famed NJ landmarks like the Colgate Clock and Liberty State Park.

As if your NYC Helicopter Tour isn't brilliant enough all on its own, there's a good chance it will inspire plenty more places to visit in NYC to add to your wish list. After all, could you expect anything less of the best helicopter tour in New York City? Don't be surprised if you suddenly experience a hankering to get in on the hype of a ball game at Yankee Stadium or Madison Square Garden. Or find yourself with a burning desire to hum along to the tunes of a Broadway show. Of course, as you hover peacefully above the rivers and harbors of Manhattan and beyond, you may easily find yourself craving a tranquil escape to nearby Long Island's endless beaches and breezes.

Are you embarking on this helicopter tour over New York City's Harbor and Hudson River in honor of a special occasion? Or maybe just as a cool thing to do in NYC for the day? Whatever your reason for hopping aboard, the dress code for this ride is entirely up to you! Kick back in casual, comfy threads if you're just out to shake up your usual activities in the Big Apple. And if you're upping the ante on a romantic date or adding some chic style to a birthday or anniversary celebration feel free to dress the part as you see fit.

Wondering how (or if) East Coast weather and temps may affect your NYC helicopter ride? Fear not! Thanks to the masterful design of the Bell 407, outside temperatures do not impact flights. The helicopter is equipped with a top-notch heating and air conditioning system, allowing it to keep guests comfortable as it flies year-round. The ride will operate in light rain, as well.

The pilots who operate the NYC Helicopter Tour understand, however, that the goal of this exquisite New York experience is to enjoy an ultra-unique Manhattan sightseeing opportunity. Therefore, if elements such as fog, low clouds, storms, or high winds present themselves, causing low visibility or unsafe flight conditions, then the pilots will cancel your outing. Should a cancellation happen, rest assured that you will get rescheduled and benefit from a much more favorable day of flying above dazzling city scenery!

It is the aforementioned pilots who make this NYC Helicopter Tour one of the absolute best things to do in New York City. With over 30 years of touring Manhattan by air under their belts, not to mention countless hours of logged time in the pilot's seat (and we're talking thousands of hours of combined military and commercial hours, by the way) you'll know you're in the most capable hands as you embark on your helicopter flight over Manhattan's Hudson River and New York Harbor areas. And as far as entertainment goes, while the tour itself isn't formally narrated, the pilots certainly do their best to bring guests' attention to major highlights while you soar past famed NYC sights.

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Essential Information:

  • All passengers must present a valid photo ID (passport or driver's license)
  • The maximum weight per passenger is 285 lbs due to seat size restrictions
  • Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian - there is no age limit to participate
  • All bags will be subject to inspection
  • Price includes heliport fee and fuel surcharge

Approximately 12-15 minutes of flight time

Maximum Participants:
Up to 6 per helicopter

This is only for those on the tour

Weather Dependent:
This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.

What to Wear:
Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for weather conditions.

Booking Information:
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 7-14 days in advance.

Cancellation Policy:
Prior to scheduling/booking a date for this experience, Cloud 9 Living's standard return and exchange policy shall apply. Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, no refunds will be given. Rescheduling is allowed up to 72 hours prior to your experience, failure to appear on your booked date or to reschedule at least 72 hours prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience. In the event your experience is canceled due to inclement weather you will reschedule your experience directly with your experience provider.

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  1. Is there an age restriction?
    No, passengers of all ages are allowed. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  2. Is there a weight restriction?
    Passengers must weigh less than 285 lbs, due to seat size and seat belt restrictions.
  3. Who are your pilots?
    All pilots are FAA Certified and logged thousands of hours of flight time. Many have backgrounds serving as helicopter pilots in the military, law enforcement or other civilian capacities.
  4. What happens if the weather is bad?
    If the flight gets cancelled due to the weather, participants may reschedule the experience at no additional costs. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.

Customer Reviews:

  • New Yorker Helicopter Tour

  • January 06, 2016

  • 5

  • New York

"Wonderful staff, friendly, and easy process. We had a fun time and would recommend to anyone looking to see the city from a different angle. "

  • New Yorker Helicopter Tour

  • May 12, 2015

  • 5

  • New York

"Super experience. I was there at 10:00am for a 10:30 appointment -- everything was like clock work. I was in and out of the helicopter by 10:45 and on my way. The experience was also great and the pilot knowledgeable. I would recommend that not only tourists take the tour but those living in NYC (as myself), as it's a super way to make heads and tails of the city and to see the Statue of Liberty of course!"

  • New Yorker Helicopter Tour

  • July 15, 2014

  • 4-half

  • New York

"Excellent service from the day that I inquired about booking. The staff who handled my booking were very quick at replying and great at answering any further questions. The day was great, it felt very professional and the ride was both safe and enjoyable. I would just recommend that you sell photographs or apparel etc as an extra on the package, as most tourists would definitely buy at least the photograph that they provide, but it is also nice to include this already in the gift you give someone!"