A Bird’s Eye View on a Manhattan Helicopter Tour

My relationship with Manhattan is complicated.  Every time I move away, I am drawn back its siren song of wailing sirens, honking taxis and grumpy sales people.  Even now though I live across the pond, I am in New York City at least twice a year.  Manhattan is beautiful, infuriating and alluring – a beautiful woman who knows how to wield her charms effectively.

You’re beautiful, that’s for sure
You’ll never ever fade
You’re lovely but it’s not for sure
That I won’t ever change
And though my love is rare
Though my love is true

From Like A Bird by Nelly Furtado

Every time I see Manhattan I think what a gorgeous city.  We took a Manhattan helicopter tour this past trip and I am even more struck by how beautiful the city looks from above.  The streets and avenues form their grid and the skyscrapers reach up into the sky. Although the people scurrying around below are invisible from my viewpoint in the helicopter, their hopes and dreams are no less real.

a review of a tour of manhattan by helicopter

A Bird’s Eye View of Manhattan

The view from the helicopter was amazing.  I was actually able to see how the different neighbourhoods of Manhattan fit together.  At street level, you are bombarded by sights and sounds so that it feels like every little bit of Manhattan is bigger than it is.  From overhead, you see how small the neighbourhoods (and even Central Park!) really are.

Manhattan Helicopter Tour
The Empire State building dwarfs its neighbours.
Manhattan Helicopter Tour
Central Park set into context.
Manhattan Helicopter Tour
A close-up of Central Park.
Manhattan Helicopter Tour
For years, my world revolved around Columbia University seen here.
Manhattan Helicopter Tour
Chelsea Piers, where the Titanic was meant to have docked, is now a leisure complex.
Manhattan Helicopter Tour
One World Observatory rises a symbolic 1776 feet into the air in the area where the twin towers formerly stood.
Manhattan Helicopter Tour
The variety of skyscrapers never ceases to amaze me.
Manhattan Helicopter Tour
The Staten Island ferry coming into dock.
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The rejuvenation of Battery Park in lower Manhattan is ongoing.
Manhattan Helicopter Tour
The George Washington Bridge connecting New Jersey and New York is the busiest bridge in the USA.

The Manhattan Helicopter Tour

We took our Manhattan Helicopter tour with Helicopter Flight Services, Inc.  HeliNY leave from a helipad near Battery Park in Lower Manhattan. They have four different types of tours starting from $144 per person.  We took the ultimate New Yorker tour which too a route up the Hudson River and back down and around the New York Harbor.

The whole operation runs smoothly.  You put away your stuff in lockers that are provided.  A member of staff puts on your safety gear and listen to a short safety video.  Next thing you know, you are being lead out to a waiting helicopter for your tour.  We had 3 other people on our tour – a nice Chinese girl who was in the USA for university and her parents from China who were visiting her.

My children absolutely loved the Manhattan helicopter tour.  It was one of the highlights of our most recent trip to New York. My son, the lucky devil, got to sit up front next to the pilot.  We received a concession from Helicopter Flight Services Inc. for our tour of Manhattan.

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If you can only splurge on one tour of Manhattan, choose this one. Seeing Manhattan from the top by helicopter is truly the experience of a lifetime. Read on and discover how to see Manhattan by helicopter and what it’ll be to take a helicopter flight over Manhattan. You’ll be able to see Central Park and the skyscrapers from the top… isn’t it the coolest tour of NYC? #manhattan #helicopter #nyc #tour
If you can only splurge on one tour of Manhattan, choose this one. Seeing Manhattan from
the top by helicopter is truly the experience of a lifetime. Read on and discover how to see
Manhattan by helicopter and what it’ll be to take a helicopter flight over Manhattan. You’ll be
able to see Central Park and the skyscrapers from the top… isn’t it the coolest tour of NYC?
#manhattan #helicopter #nyc #tour

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14 thoughts on “A Bird’s Eye View on a Manhattan Helicopter Tour”

  1. New York is such an amazing place – any your pictures provide a totally different perspective! I’ve been in a helicopter over the mountains in New Zealand – which was spectacular – but to fly over a city like NY would be something else!
    Thank you for sharing & happy travels 🙂

    -Vicki
    http://www.maketimetoseetheworld.com

  2. Jersey girl that I am, I really enjoyed your photos, especially of Columbia, where my dad was once a professor. The GW Bridge and I used to be intimately acquainted, as I used to work in the city and commuted there from Bergen County. I’ve lived all over the world, but New York will always have a special place in my heart.

    Label me just a tad envious: I have long wanted to take both a helicopter and a Circle Line tour of the Big Apple, especially now that I have a travel site where I can share all the wonderful things the city has to offer. *sigh* It is worth every penny to see the city from above. Thanks for the photos.

    1. I feel the same way. Manhattan will always be special to me. We did the Circle Line tour too but I think the helicopter was better.

  3. First of all Great lines Shobha 🙂
    You’re beautiful, that’s for sure
    You’ll never ever fade
    You’re lovely but it’s not for sure
    That I won’t ever change
    And though my love is rare
    Though my love is true …..

    so meaningful lines, and the same goes on with the New York city.
    that was a real superb experience of having the sightseeing of the pretty city by a helicopter, truly amazing.
    Exploring the places with family makes the trip more joyful and pleasant.
    I have never been to NY, but yeah that will be in my list for sure. 😉
    keep on posting
    cheers …. 🙂

  4. What an incredible opportunity! I’ve been to NYC once…& I’m dying to get back. Your photos are beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us at Photo Friday!

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