There is a brand new helicopter flight available in New York City – and with a flight time of 30 minutes, it is also the longest heli-tour you can book in the city. In 2015, we took the flight that was the longest heli-tour until now (25 minutes – click here for more information), and absolutely loved it. The flight route took us south to the Verrazano Bridge, but this tour beats it all because you fly all the way to Coney Island!
Here you can find a comparison of all helicopter flights and their respective routes.
Start in Downtown Manhattan and head south
As the name reveals, in addition to Manhattan and Brooklyn, this tour also covers Coney Island with its beautiful beaches. First, you fly over Governors Island and will soon see the busy Verrazano Bridge, once the longest suspension bridge in the world. Flying directly over the bridge is an experience you won’t soon forget — it is truly a rare perspective. The tour takes you all the way to Coney Island, where you will recognize the famous amusement park with its ferris wheel and long beach. By the way, Coney Island is definitely worth a visit in the summer!
Eye to Eye with Lady Liberty
Coney Island is the most southern point of the route – now you head back towards the southern tip of Manhattan. However, not before doing an extra loop around the Statue of Liberty, allowing you to take breathtaking pictures.
Financial District, One World Trade Center, and the Hudson River
The tour then takes you north across the Hudson River. First, the Financial District comes into view, featuring the towering One World Trade Center. The skyline of Manhattan is now complete again with the addition of this beautiful and impressive structure. You can also make out the Chelsea Piers and High Line Park. After these imposing skyscrapers, the buildings are not quite as tall – due to properties of the ground in this area, building heights had to be reduced. The Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, and the tallest residential building, “432 Park Ave” (looks like a needle – it is located directly next to Central Park) are just a few of the striking sights you will recognize.
Don’t forget to look down!
Looking straight down is fun and will give you an appreciation of how many boats, ships, and ferries are cruising through the waters around New York City. From above, they look like miniature vessels. You will also have beautiful views of Riverside Park, same latitude as Central Park, that looks like a green ribbon following the contours of the Hudson River. It is a favorite with bikers, in-line skaters, and joggers.
Central Park is also impressive from the air, and you can see how huge it really is. You can make out the lakes and ponds, green lawns, and lots of trees. New York Yankee stadium will also catch your eye. To the north, you will fly over the George Washington Bridge and the tip of the island of Manhattan – only the “New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Coney Island” covers all this.
From there, you turn back flying across the Hudson to Downtown Manhattan, then around the southern tip where you can see the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, and finally back to the Downtown Manhattan Heliport.
I guarantee that a heli-tour of New York is one of the most impressive ways to discover and experience the city. We have done several flights and were thrilled every time!
It is easy and convenient to buy tickets online here. Buying online also saves you money vs getting tickets on site. Here are the steps you need to take to get your desired departure time:
This flight also departs from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport, located near Brooklyn Bridge. It does not matter which tour you decide to take, they all start from this central departure point. The Downtown Manhattan Heliport is easy to reach. Simply take subway lines to the “Wall Street” station. Then you just have a 5 minute walk to your destination.
The tour starts every 30 minutes. The long helicopter flight runs Mondays through Saturdays from 9:00am to 5:30pm and Sundays from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Your confirmation e-mail will give you all the details about your exact departure time. Please be sure to get to the Downtown Manhattan Heliport 30 – 45 minutes prior to departure to complete your safety orientation, etc.
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