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New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour provided by Zip Aviation - Helicopter Tours & Charters

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New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Updated 19/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 19/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
An aerial view is the ideal way to discover and photograph the Big Apple while skipping the crowds and entrance fees. During this helicopter ride over Manhattan, see many of New York’s world-famous sights up close, such as the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Madison Square Garden, and more. Your pilot provides commentary as you soar in a modern, state-of-the-art aircraft. Choose from multiple tour times to fit your schedule.
  • See many of New York’s most famous landmarks in a short time
  • Take to the skies in a modern, state-of-the-art helicopter
  • Flexible departure times available from morning until evening
  • Live commentary accompanies your sightseeing
What to Expect
Your helicopter flight begins at downtown Manhattan Heliport. Upon paying the heliport’s security fee (separate expense), board the comfortable helicopter and take to the skies. The first notable sight is Governor’s Island, off Manhattan’s southern tip. Continue across the water for an up-close encounter with the Statue of Liberty. Next, pass One World Trade Center and Ground Zero before heading up the Hudson River. See Madison Square Garden and two of the city’s most famous skyscrapers: the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building. The tour continues northwards, from the neon lights of Times Square to verdant Central Park. Catch sight of the USS Intrepid (a World War II–era warship) and Ellis Island. From the helicopter, enjoy a top-down vantage point and live commentary, all without battling crowds or paying for separate admission at each site. The flight ends when you touch down at the Downtown Manhattan Heliport.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Zip Aviation, 6 East River Greenway, Bikeway, NY 10004, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 18-20-minute Helicopter tour
  • Local taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • The listed price does not include a USD40.00 per person (including infants) heliport/security fee, payable at the time of tour check-in. The heliport/security fee is mandated by the Downtown Manhattan Heliport and is not within our control.
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • 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.
  • All passengers including children must have ID/Passport or you may be denied your flight
  • Please note, 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
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Steven K wrote a review Dec 2019
2 contributions
A bit tight seating but work the experience will recommend. Hope I get to do it again and again and again
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Date of experience: December 2019
1 Helpful vote
gavin c wrote a review Dec 2019
Ipswich, United Kingdom7 contributions5 helpful votes
Great trip this one , we both had window seats which was fantastic, staff were really friendly and efficient. Thank alot
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2 Helpful votes
Susan wrote a review Nov 2019
Dublin, Ireland1 contribution
cancelled due to weather....gutted!! Very friendly and helpful staff. They kept be updated constantly...hopefully we will be back one day!
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Date of experience: November 2019
Response from ZipAviation2019, Customer Service Staff at New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour
Responded 3 Nov 2019
Hello Susanotoole, Thank you for your understanding. Weather is something we can't control and we are just as devastated when we have to Cancel or reschedule Tours 3 days in row like what happened this week! Rain, rain go away! Please do book a Tour again on your next visit to our beautiful city. We await your return! Cheers!
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Pattie wrote a review Sep 2019
Brooklyn, New York2 contributions
Literally THE best experience of my entire life. Booking the tour was very easy. A couple clicks and done. The ONE issue was because the UN was in town the week of our tour, our flight time had to be shortened. Customer service was excellent handling the partial refund and re
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1 Helpful vote
Response from ZipAviation2019, Customer Service Staff at New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour
Responded 28 Sep 2019
Hello SassCakes, Thank you for your review. We're glad you had an awesome time! You are right, we can only fly the short Tour during this time. And we thank customers like you for being understanding and flexible! When the UN General Assembly is in session, security in Manhattan is very tight. Midtown Manhattan and beyond becomes a No Fly Zone. We try to reach everyone, either by phone or via email so that all are prepared for it. We give all passengers three options: Reschedule (if you can), Downgrade with Partial Refund (if you have the 20-Minute or the 30-Minute Tours) or Cancel with Full Refund. Thank you!
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TKn wrote a review Sep 2019
5 contributions2 helpful votes
We did the 15 min Manhattan tour with Zip Aviation - and it was fantastic!! The tour took us around Statue of Liberty and all the way up Hudson river towards Central Park and back, with a magnificant view over Manhattan!! A moment in life we will never forget. And we had the
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Date of experience: August 2019
1 Helpful vote
Response from ZipAviation2019, Customer Service Staff at New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour
Responded 15 Sep 2019
Hello Knorrth, Thank you for your review. We are glad you had a fantastic Tour! We agree, a Helicopter Tour is the best way to experience how magnificent New York City is! Cheers!
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About the operator

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By: Zip Aviation - Helicopter Tours & Charters
Incredible Helicopter Tour
I took this helicopter tour last summer, before all the chaos that 2020 brought, and it definitely ranks as one of
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New York from above - awesome.
Of course a helicopter ride around the Statue of Liberty is amazing. The staff were very nice and we had an amazing
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Amazing view
The flight was incredible, but soo short. Tip: sit on the right side, then you can see the central park (and city)
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Amazing experience!
No better way to see the city and all the iconic sights than from this helicopter tour! Worth the money! It was an
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Trip with the irishman
We did this trip today it was a great way to get a birds eye view of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline .T
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Helicopter ride
I didn´t wait long, a perfect organisation, very friendly staff, safty instructions exelent, They help you however
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Total rip-off You hire 15 min for 200$.We flew for 12 min,20% less,and they didn’t refund those 40 $ back.We were
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Rebbecca N
Mother and daughter Christmas holiday flight
Absolutely fantastic. Highly recommend this company. Fabulous experience. From start to finish staff were professio
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A good trip all around
I experienced a similar trip in Rio this year so when comparing the two this was more limited in time and there was
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Not cheap, but a flight of a lifetime opportunity.
Firstly, this isn't a cheap experience, with the $40 fee to the heliport you pay on the day, it must have come in a
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Helicopter trip
We actually went on this with my older daughter in Sept part of her birthday. Andrew Woods was the pilot. H
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Really Fun - But Tight
Very much enjoyed the trip. The views are extremely cool. We were lucky as well, as we arrived early the company g
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Bob C
A must-do!
Absolutely recommend. The views are outstanding! I would do it again! The checking at the heliport was smooth, faci
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Hayley D
Helicopter ride over New York
Everything was perfect except the call charges I received from ringing the company to confirm I would be coming. Yo
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Gå ikke glip AF DENNE OPLEVELSE, New York fra en Helikopter
Zip Aviation - Helicopter Tours & Charters are definitely a must when visiting this capital of the world. Top profe
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Key Details
  • Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and 8 more
  • Duration: 20m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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