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Big Apple Helicopter Tour of New York provided by Liberty Helicopters

Big Apple Helicopter Tour of New York

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It might seem impossible to see the highlights of New York City in just a few minutes, but this small-group helicopter tour makes it a reality. Listen to commentary from your pilot as you fly by the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Central Park, the Chrysler Building, and other landmarks. See more of the city on this tour than you would in an entire day of exploring by foot.
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Liberty Helicopters Sightseeing Tours and Charter
6 E River Bikeway, New York, NY 10004, USA6 E River Piers New York, NY 10004 Directions: • Located at Pier 6 & the East River • 2 buildings north of Staten Island Ferry and the East RiverBy Train: • Take the R to Whitehall Street Stop. Take the 1 to South Ferry StopBy Bus: • Take the number 9 or 15 to South Street Seaport Stop
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    Departure Point
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    Pass by Statue of Liberty
    Pass by Governors Island National Monument
    Pass by Ellis Island
    Pass by One World Observatory
    Pass by The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum
    Pass by Empire State Building
    Pass by Chrysler Building
    Pass by Woolworth Building
    Pass by MetLife Building
    Pass by Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
    Pass by George Washington Bridge
    Pass by Central Park
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Liberty Helicopters Sightseeing Tours and Charter
6 E River Bikeway, New York, NY 10004, USA6 E River Piers New York, NY 10004 Directions: • Located at Pier 6 & the East River • 2 buildings north of Staten Island Ferry and the East RiverBy Train: • Take the R to Whitehall Street Stop. Take the 1 to South Ferry StopBy Bus: • Take the number 9 or 15 to South Street Seaport Stop
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  • Whirlwind helicopter tour allows you to see Manhattan's highlights
  • In-depth commentary on the sights from your guide
  • Perfect for those short on time who want a comprehensive overview
  • Small group guaranteed—the helicopter seats five to six people
  • Easy to fit into your schedule, with several departure times
What to Expect
After booking, call the tour company to reserve your preferred time. The tour leaves frequently from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport. Arrive with plenty of time prior to your flight, and be prepared to pay the heliport fee. After boarding the helicopter, sit back and enjoy the panoramic views as your pilot (and guide) narrates the sights through your personal headset. Fly over the World Trade Center and whiz by the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings. See the MetLife Building and the Woolworth Building on the way over to the Hudson River, the Empire State Building, and Ellis Island. See more sights in a few minutes than you could in a day of exploring by foot. With no lines or crowds, it’s a perfect option for those short on time. After your whirlwind tour, land back at the heliport and be on your way to explore further.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Liberty Helicopters Sightseeing Tours and Charter, 6 E River Bikeway, New York, NY 10004, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Helicopter flight
  • Pilot’s commentary
  • Entry/Admission - Liberty Helicopters
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Listed price does not include the heliport fee ($40.00 per person)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Tours are not private. All helicopters seat 5-6 passengers
  • Tour operator reserves the right to upgrade, alter or terminate any or all sightseeing tours due to security, weather or acts of God
  • Weight restrictions may apply. In general, passengers may not exceed 350lbs (159 kg) and all safety equipment must fit properly
  • Children 0-1 years are free. These children must ride on a parent or guardian's lap. Lap children must weigh less than 35 lbs (15 kg) and will be weighed on the day of flight. Parents must also bring proof of age. Children who occupy a seat will be charged at the regular rate regardless of age or weight
  • All guests must observe the following security requirements:
  • Must have a valid photo ID (i.e. - Passport or Drivers License)
  • Must check in all bags with security
  • No handbags or carry on bags will be allowed on the flight
  • Must walk through a metal detector
  • Personal cameras and video cameras are allowed onboard once they clear through security (disposable cameras available for purchase at heliport and will be allowed onboard the aircraft as well)
  • Due to federal law this flight does not fly directly over New York City
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Luci bird wrote a review Mar. 2020
3 contributions
I brought this for me and my partner, we booked it for the Friday but they called us to say the weather was not great and changed us to the Saturday hassle free, staff were friendly and the pilot was great as he got us as close as he could to different sites so we could take
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Date of experience: March 2020
Mohammad R wrote a review Feb. 2020
Keighley, United Kingdom1 contribution1 helpful vote
We booked for 1pm as that was the best time for the flight and the weather was good then. When we arrived we were told its been delayed by 15mins. 15mins passed then we were told its actually delayed by 30mins and this is because TOMORROW'S weather is bad. That didnt make sense
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Kylie E wrote a review Feb. 2020
Rhondda Cynon Taff, United Kingdom7 contributions
Had an amazing time was brilliant to be told the history behind New York while flying high above it, had a bit of a delay but was kept updated and offered drinks, everyone happy and helpful.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Alison Reed wrote a review Feb. 2020
London, United Kingdom9 contributions1 helpful vote
We had the most wonderful trip. We turned up early on the day of the flight; the weather was windy and raining, with low cloud. Without hesitation they rebooked our flight for the next day as the forecast was good. The staff were efficient, friendly and made us feel very
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Date of experience: February 2020
Hannah & Charlie wrote a review Feb. 2020
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom54 contributions2 helpful votes
The views were amazing, and we had great seats in the helicopter. Be aware - They sting you at the security desk for $40 each! But blimey it’s expensive for a ten min ride, we are glad we have done it but won’t be doing it again.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Lena W
No Refund after 5 weeks
I booked a REFUNDABLE, FULL PRICE Liberty Helicopter Tour for 3 people and when we heard that the US closes its bor
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The Valentines Day I’ll never forget!
I wanted to treat my boyfriend for Valentines Day weekend to something extra special. I decided on this tour and it
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Fantastic experience. The whole team were great from quickly answering questions by e-mail prior to arriving to the
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Massively overpriced for what you get
My husband booked us the helicopter trip, something I was really looking forward to but left disappointed if I’m ho
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The whole experience was amazing. Check-in was quick and the staff very friendly. We left on time and all had a ver
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New York birthday trip
Helicopter ride was amazing. Great views and staff very good. I was in the front seat a bit scary taking off but w
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We took a ride late last September up and the Hudson, East River, Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island, I'd never taken
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Trapped after booking
We booked the city lights by nights tour on Sunday 7pm online. We received the booking confirmation that we had to
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Helicopter over Manhattan
Great flight - a whole new perspective on Manhattan. Not cheap but well worth the money. We were lucky and got th
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Helicopter Tour
Had a tour with my son. It was a great tour well worth the cost. Both my son and me loved the tour. If you have t
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We took a 15 minute flight, the best view for taking photos is either sitting next to the pilot, or by a window. I
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Even better second time round!
I did the 15 minute tour with Liberty Helicopters on my first trip to NYC in 2006. This year I brought my teenage k
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Great Flight
We flew the Big Apple Tour offered by Liberty Helicopters. We booked online while at home in the UK. Check was eas
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Flying over Manhattan and the Hudson
This by far was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had, one off the bucket list. We were lucky the sk
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Now I definately say if you can do this ,then go for it ,wow what amazing sites you see from a different angle
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  • Duration: 15m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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