Grand Island Helicopter Flight

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18. March 2019
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Erfahrungen-Helikopter-Flug-New-York-11The impressive 25 minute tour high above the New York skyline, was one of our favorite ways to explore NYC. The Grand Island Helicopter Flight will take you over all the major sights of the 5 boroughs of the Big Apple. This is truly an experience you will remember – our helicopter tour over NYC is still one of our favorite experiences to date. 


  • 20 minute flight
  • Great for photos
  • Best way to explore the city


Sights you will see:

  • Ideal for first-time visitors
  • Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island
  • Longest flight duration of all helicopter tours
  • Ground Zero
  • Several departures per day
  • New York Harbor
  • All 5 boroughs are covered
  • Central Park
  • Best photo opportunities
  • George Washington Bridge
  • Covers sights for explorers, sports enthusiasts, and historians
  • Yankee Stadium.
  • Friendly pilot who explains what you see
  •  many more

Grand Island Helicopter Flight description:

The Grand Island Helicopter Flight begins at the Downtown Heliport in Manhattan. From here you will fly over the former installlation of the US Army on Governors Island and will experience the mystical aura of the island form above. You will then meet the Statue of Liberty face-to-face, as you fly by one of New Yorks most iconic sights on eye hight. This is an opportunity not to be missed and you will only be able to see Lady Liberty in her full glory like this from the air! Next, you will be able to admire the beautiful Battery Park, located at the most southern tip of Manhattan. This is where the first Dutch settlers are believed to have arrived when they founded New Amsterdam.

You will pass over Ground Zero: the site of the 9/11 tragedy. This is a humbling moment that allows you to pause and let the impact of seeing it from above wash over you. Flying along the Hudson River, you will pass over Wall Street, Chinatown, Little Italy and the colorful vibrancy of Times Square. You are far removed from the hectic life below which is why the views of Central Park, the world famous oasis in the heart of Manhattan, will bring out the romantic in you.

There is also something for sports fans included in the Grand Island Tour: while the pilot is swooping over the city, you will have the chance to see Yankee stadium from a bird’s-eye view. Arguably the most famous baseball team in the world, the New York Yankees treated themselves to a new stadium in 2009. Their new home is the third most expensive stadium in the world! There is even more to discover however, the pilot will now fly you over the George Washington Bridge as you return to the breathtaking skyline of Manhattan. The Empire State, Met Life, and Chrysler Buildings also stand out among the other skyscrapers as you soar more than 200 meters high in the sky.

Information on the tours

Departure point:
Departure from Downtown Manhattan Heliport

Departure times:

  • Mornings: 9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m.
  • Noon: 11:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.
  • Early afternoon: 1:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
  • Late afternoon: 3:00p.m. to 5:00p.m. (only March 15 to December 31)

Other times available upon request.
Departure times are approximate as they depend on weather conditions and weight limitations. Since 2016 flights on Sundays have been disallowed meaning the demand for tickets during the week has risen. Make sure to purchase your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

approx. 25 minutes

Tour returns to original departure point.

The Grand Island Helicopter Flight starts at £265

Good to know:
The advertised price does not include the Heliport/Security fee of USD 30 per person that you have to pay at check-in.

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