Virtual Reality is still relatively new and only a few people have been exposed to it. VR World in NYC is far ahead of the VR game, offering the largest range of experiences in the Western Hemisphere.
VR World in NYC
Many people have already asked me what VR World is. To answer the question in one sentence: VR World is one of the most fun things to do in New York! No, seriously, VR World dedicates its space entirely to Virtual Reality experiences, making it the first and only one of its kind in New York. It is currently the largest VR center in the Northern Hemisphere. Nevertheless, they already have plans to move to a larger location in order to step their game up a notch more.
VR World in NYC offers more than 50 different experiences across three floors. There are 1-player and multiplayer experiences (for 2 to 4 players) to choose from. Most of the experiences are similar to video games. However, VR World is not limited only to video games. The experiences go way beyond fun games.
Each experience lasts about 5-10 minutes and you can repeat them as many times as you like. During your visit, you can move freely through the venue and choose your next adventure. If someone else is already playing, you can simply use your RFID-wrist band to join the “wait line” by scanning it at the terminals.
Where is VR World in New York?
VR World is located on 34th St in Midtown right by the Empire State Building, making it super easy to get to. If you’re not already in the area, you can hop on subway line 6 to 33 Street Station which is the closest stop. If you’re not close to that line, try to get to Penn Station. The walk is not bad and only takes about 7 minutes.
VR World NYC tickets
You have two VR World ticket options to select from:
- 2-hour pass: from $47
- 1-day pass: from $69
From my experience, I can say that 2 hours fly extremely fast. If your group plans on spending more than three hours, it is already worth it to purchase a day pass.
My personal VR World review
My visit to VR World in NYC was my second ever Virtual Reality experience. I was truly shocked at how real everything feels and I still cannot quite believe it. Only the newest technologies come together at VR World, making you forget everything around you. With everyone immersed in their own experiences, you won’t even worry about looking silly when you are scanning supermarket items while fighting ferocious fruits at the same time!
Needless to say, after a visit to VR World, I’ve become a huge VR fan. As the largest VR center in the Western Hemisphere, VR World offers more variety than its competitors. It’s a lot of fun to be able to choose from so many different adventures.
You don’t need to be a video game enthusiast to have fun at VR World!
My friends still can’t stop talking about the great time we’ve had. The fact that they are video game enthusiasts surely came in handy in the games, but you don’t need to even like video games to have fun here. I am not a gamer at all and I had a blast. It’s suited for everyone who wants to have a good time!
The staff at VR World was very friendly and always there to assist. Before starting your first adventure, you’ll be given an introduction and some tips to get started. After a few minutes, you’ll get the hang of it.
Is VR World worth a visit?
Yes! Coming here is one of the most fun things to do in Manhattan and also a great activity for those looking for a break from sightseeing. We’ll be back!
VR World can get crowded throughout the day, so be sure to book your tickets in advance. We visited around 5 pm on a weeknight which seemed to be the sweet spot as a time to visit. There was barely a wait for any of the experiences and if there was, we played a different game while waiting.
VR World’s Future in NYC
VR World in NYC is already working on a larger space to accommodate its growing number of visitors. They will be moving to the building next door to create an even more immersive experience. I was lucky to get a peek into what the new location will look like and all I can say is that it was impressive! Already upon entering the building, you’ll step into a different world. I cannot wait for it to open and try more VR experiences there.
Is Virtual Reality dangerous?
Not normally! You are not supposed to run around even if it’s tempting. Remember that you will be connected to a cable at all times. There is a specific area for you to stand and move in throughout your experience and the staff will make sure you don’t leave that designated area. Should you experience motion sickness at any given time, my advice would be to close your eyes for a few seconds. After all, what you see isn’t real. You may also stop your experience at any time by taking off the headset.
Is there a minimum age for visiting VR World in NYC?
Kids need to be at least 7 years old to participate. Unfortunately, kids who are younger than that won’t be able to enter the facility at all. Any kids from 7 to 14 can visit VR World but need to be accompanied by an adult chaperone.
Are there lockers at VR World?
No. It’s best to come lightly packed. If you do carry some stuff with you, you could place your bag or other belongings on the floor next to you while you play.
Can I buy drinks at VR World?
VR World prepared for your visit! You can buy soft drinks and water at the bar on the ground level if you’re getting thirsty from moving around so much.