Sightseeing in New York City: Helicopter Tours

July 22, 2008 - by Ellis Whitman

New York City is best seen from above, and the helicopter tour companies that service Manhattan's skies all have tours of the panoramic skyline. Whether you want to see New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island; or fly uptown to Central Park and the George Washington Bridge, there's a tour for you! Here are the best helicopter tour companies to chose from.

Helicopter Flight Services Tours

See NYC from above the turmoil of its streets. They offer 2 long helicopter tours that include the Statue of Liberty, NY Harbor, the Chrysler Building, Central Park, Columbia University, the George Washington Bridge, Yankee Stadium & the Financial Center. They also offer customized tours of the city & hourly rates. For reservations & more info, call 212-355-0801. Weekday tours leave from Downtown Heliport (Pier 6 & the East River); Sunday tours leave from VIP Heliport (W. 30th St. & 12th Ave.).

Flights depart on weekdays from the Downtown Heliport (Pier 6 & the East River); and on Sundays: VIP Heliport (W. 30th St. & 12th Ave.).

For more information call 212-355-0801; or go to their website,

Liberty Helicopter Tours

Offering spectacular views from modern jet helicopters of NYC's most famous landmarks including: Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Central Park & more! Downtown Manhattan Heliport (Pier 6 & the East River, minutes from South Street Seaport & Battery Park) operating Mon-Fri from 9am-6:30pm. Don't forget your camera! Reservations are required for 6 or more passengers.Flights depart from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport, Pier 6 & the East River
For more information call 212-967-6464; or go to their website,

Manhattan Helicopter Sightseeing Tours

Take your New York visit to the next level with Manhattan Helicopter's one-of-a-kind sightseeing tour experience. The 15-minute sightseeing tour flies along the Hudson and East Rivers as well as directly over Manhattan. Tours feature jaw-dropping aerial views of the Empire State Building, Times Square, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, and more. Operates daily, 10am-6pm. Advanced Reservations Required.

Flights depart from the Wall Street/Downtown Manhattan Heliport, Pier 6 at the East River.

For more information call 212-845-9822; or go to their website,

ZIP Helicopter Tour

Helicopter tours include: Liberty Harbor (12-15 min.), with an eye-to-eye encounter with the Statue of Liberty and views of NY Harbor, the Verrazano Bridge, Ground Zero and the skyline; Manhattan Sky (15-17 min.), adding Yankee Stadium, Grant’s Tomb, George Washington Bridge and more; and Grand Island (25-30 min.), which begins by crossing Central Park and adds all 5 boroughs to the Manhattan Sky tour. Also private tours, charter flights.

For more information call 866-ZIP-OVER; or go to their website,


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