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New York Helicopter Flight: Grand Island

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New York, United States

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icon30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 9 more
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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Get an aerial view of New York City on this comprehensive helicopter ride. The sightseeing flight reveals all the top landmarks—from Central Park and Times Square to the Empire State Building and Brooklyn Bridge. This enables you to see more in minutes than you could in a day of exploring on foot, making the tour ideal for first-time visitors who want to get acquainted with the city.
  • See NYC from the sky on a helicopter sightseeing tour
  • Snap aerial photos of the Statue of Liberty, Manhattan skyline, and more
  • This comprehensive tour fits in views of all the quintessential NYC landmarks
  • A helicopter tour ensures an intimate, small-group experience
25–30-minute helicopter tour
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
The listed price does not include a $40 per person heliport/security fee

Departure Point

Zip Aviation, 6 E River Bikeway, New York, NY 10004, USA

Return Details

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Ascend into the sky starting at the heliport in downtown Manhattan and get ready for some thrills on this Grand Island helicopter ride throughout New York City. Get an up-close and personal view of the Statue of Liberty and then cruise right by One World Trade Center, the tallest building in North America, before flying along Frank Gehry's dynamic 76-story 8 Spruce Street tower and the Brooklyn Bridge. Fly right over Chinatown and the Lower East Side heading north before seeing bustling Times Square below. 

Keeping flying north, going over that giant swath of green known as Central Park and head up to the Bronx where you get a great view of legendary Yankee Stadium, the world's third most expensive sports stadium. After this, head back south, passing by the George Washington Bridge, the United Nations, and the historic South Street Seaport. 

There is no better way to get a great sight of New York City than via a helicopter and this thrill-a-second helicopter journey is the way to do it. 

Please note: The listed price does not include a 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.
Itinerary
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Brooklyn Bridge
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Statue of Liberty
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Chrysler Building
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Empire State Building
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Ellis Island
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New York Harbor
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Queensboro Bridge
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Williamsburg Bridge
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Helicopter seating is based on a 4- or 6-passenger helicopter, whichever is available at the time of your tour
  • 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 travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Zip Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during New York Helicopter Flight: Grand Island?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by New York Helicopter Flight: Grand Island.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during New York Helicopter Flight: Grand Island?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by New York Helicopter Flight: Grand Island.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during New York Helicopter Flight: Grand Island?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by New York Helicopter Flight: Grand Island.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during New York Helicopter Flight: Grand Island?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by New York Helicopter Flight: Grand Island.

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  • "Make sure you read the small print and take required paperwork." See review
  • "It was a very very smooth ride, highly recommend this tour" See review

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star-5
Amazing. Awesome. Romantic. An unforgettable experience.
Gregg_J
, Jul 2020
The heliport was easy to find and modern. Everything was well organized and extremely safe. Every precaution was taken to ensure our safety - helicopter was clean and modern. Staff was very professional on every level. Great experience - well worth the money. The views are breathtaking. Simply amazing. We did it to celebrate a birthday. Made it unforgettable.
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Very satisfied
bruins81888
, Sep 2019
From the moment we arrived attendants and staff were very courteous and helpful. The pilot was friendly and the flight was amazing. Highly recommend taking the flight.
star-5
Amazing flight!
Anders D
, Apr 2019
Booked the Grand Island heliflight back home and rescheduled when in NY due to weatherconditions. Everything worked just smooth and the flight in perfect weather was a bucket-list thing to do. My wife who is really afraid of flying came over it since the pilot was really gentle with the shifts and she really enjoyed it in the end. Strongly recommend it to everyone who can afford it! Anders Danemo and wife
star-5
What a Wonderful View!
Lecinda B
, Aug 2018
What an amazing experience with Zip Aviation! We flew all around New York City and got to see things we'd never before seen. Its such an amazing experience seeing the city from that view! I've lived in NYC 12 yrs and I so recommend it for any and all!
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This was a fun little trip, We were...
brianmcm
, Jan 2018
This was a fun little trip, We were a group of 5 so we had the helicopter to ourselves. The pilot was very clear in telling us what landmarks to look at etc. It was a very very smooth ride, highly recommend this tour
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Trip was very rushed, they seemed in...
Lisa H
, Dec 2017
Trip was very rushed, they seemed in a hurry to get you on helicopter and get you off to get the next people on. You are not allowed to take bags on board and they make you put in a locker then charge you 2 dollars for the privilege. The sights were good. The pilot did not have much personally, and never really spoke much. The trip would have been better at night with all the lights. Good trip but not great.
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Great flight around NYC...
ann
, Sep 2017
Great flight around NYC! Professional company looking after your safety whilst friendly informative tour seeing sights from up above. Thankfully it was a good clear day when we took our first helicopter flight. Lovely smooth ride. Make sure you read the small print and take required paperwork. Enjoy!
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A helicopter tour is a great way to...
Jonathan L
, Sep 2017
A helicopter tour is a great way to see a number of attractions quickly, but I do not think it is an activity that we will do again. There was nothing done in error by the staff, but I think expectations were much higher than reality. Some notes/advice for future guests - The customer service team is very friendly and accommodating due to rainy weather on our tour date, they quickly rescheduled our tour to the following day. - The front desk staff are very friendly, and get you suited up quickly and ready to go. Please do your best to arrive early as requested so as to not hold up the entire group. Also know that you cannot take backpacks or purses with you on the helicopter lockers are available to rent at the Helipad so bring some dollar bills. - To balance the helicopter, my son age 7 had to sit in a middle seat. He told me after the flight that he could barely see out of the windows, so while it was exciting to ride in a helicopter, he saw none of the attractions besides the Statue of Liberty. For him to see the sites was my main reason for booking this activity, so unfortunately this missed the mark. - I'm not sure that they minded, but a couple in our group got split up he was in the back, she was seated in front. If you want to sit with each other, you may want to request this prior to booking. Also note that you will be grouped with strangers, unless you book the entire flight of six yourself. - We booked the Grand Island Tour, which while a longer ride, does not include many additional attractions. We got an extended flight over water while listening to background music. I think the mid-tier option may be the best bang for your buck. - When boarding we were told that we would be able to speak to each other, but the headphones and microphones did not seem to work during our trip. - I'm not sure if it's normal, but our pilot did not speak to us at all during the tour the only information was provided by the pre-recorded messaging as we passe each attraction. This led to a lot of dead air see note above about the background music. It would have been nice to get some local information or additional commentary during this time. So overall, there was nothing done wrong, as noted there were just some areas of expectation that fell a little short.
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Was very disappointed and upset with...
mgagg
, Jun 2017
Was very disappointed and upset with this booking, it was expensive and was only in the helicopter for maximum 15 mins. This was unacceptable and feel very let down by the trip.
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Everyone should take this tour! Just...
Kim P
, May 2017
Everyone should take this tour! Just when I thought I had seen it all -- after living here for 15 years -- seeing NYC by helicopter was a delightful surprise. The ride was smooth and professional. A little cramped, but you soon forget that once you're treated to the views. Highly recommend!

Product code: 5024GRAND

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