Prepare to see the Big Apple like never before! New York City’s iconic skyline is of course gorgeous, but what about when it’s viewed from thousands of feet in the air? Whether you’re visiting from out of town or want to see your city from a bird’s eye view, helicopter tours are so worth it. With some departing from Manhattan and others nearby in New Jersey, it’s an exhilerating experience you need to do at least once! Here’s our favorite helicopter tours of NYC you should book now.
1. HeliNY’s “The Ultimate Tour”
Take to the skies on this 17-20 minute “Ultimate Tour,” which offers you the best view of Manhattan! For $249 a seat, you’ll go from the Battery all the way north over the George Washington Bridge, one of the busiest bridges in the world. Along the way, you’ll be able to catch glimpses of The Statue of Liberty, Central Park, The Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, and so many more! Learn more here.
2. Zip Aviation’s “NYC Night Skyline Tour”
View Manhattan by night and see NYC’s most famous buildings illuminated in all their glory! In this night tour that lasts approximately 25 minutes, you’ll see landmarks like the Empire State Building, Chelsea Piers, Times Square, The Intrepid, and much more. Tours happen on the weekends and depart from Essex County Airport in NJ. Rides begin at $165 per person. Learn more here.
3. Charm Aviation’s “The Empire Helicopter Tour”
This 17 – 20 minute helicopter tour of NYC departs from Downtown Manhattan, and flys over the whole borough, making landmarks like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building feel like they’re at an arm’s length. The tour is $249 per person and they happen ever day of the week! Learn more here.
4. Wings Air Helicopters’ “Private Scenic Helicopter Tour”
Experience your own private helicopter tour and get ready to take your love to new heights! This romantic date idea lifts off from Westchester Airport and gives a 30 minute of the city, with perfect vantage points of Yankee Stadium, The Bronx Zoo, Central Park, Madison Square Garden, and many more! Sessions area available Monday – Sunday from 10 am – 8 pm. Options are available for both 2 or 6 person parties.
5. Helipass’ “NYC Experience – Doors Off”
Want to ride on the wild side? With this tour, the helicopter doors will actually open up…and allow you to dangle your feet over New York City while you take photos. The 30 minute adventure is the ultimate NYC aerial photography experience, and you’ll pass over all the NYC landmarks after taking off from New Jersey. Learn more here.
6. New York Helicopter’s “The Central Park Tour”
Of course you’ll get mind blowing views of Central Park on this appropriately named tour, but that’s only where the fun begins! For $274 per person, you’ll see all of NYC before ending with a grand sweep around George Washington bridge. It’s around 17 – 19 minutes! New York Helicopter has other types of tours as well. Learn more here.
7. FlyNYON’s “NYC Helicopter VIP Tour”
Rounding out our list is this 28 – 30 minute doors-on flight from FlyNYON! Departing from NYON Terminal in Kearney, NJ, you’ll get a full VIP tour of Manhattan! We’re talking the Statue of Liberty, Wall St, Times Square, The Vessel, and a whole lot more! It’s $228 per person and tours happen 7 days a week! Learn more here.