“You need to see Manhattan from the air. It’s a once in a life time experience. You’ve got to do it!”
This is a line you’re guaranteed to hear from pretty much every single person who has taken a helicopter trip over Manhattan. Locals, tourists and expats will all tell you that it’s the one thing you have to do whilst visiting the pretty city. In the final week, I decided to book a flip. It’s pricey, but because it’s winter there are some great deals online. Friendly tip: The prices advertised online don’t include the heliport fees which are an extra $30 or so.
There are a few tour companies operating out of the downtown heliport and after a lot (and I mean a lot) of research and Yelp review reading, I picked Liberty. I don’t mess around with helicopters, this is not a burger joint, I want 5/5 stars all the way. An’t nobody got time for 1 star ratings when you’re several thousand feet up in the air. Also, having a Dad who is a helicopter pilot, means you take this stuff seriously.
Liberty has several tour options, with The Big Apple being the most popular (and cheapest). The trip is 12-15 minutes long and takes you past the Statue of Liberty, up the Hudson River, past Madison Square Garden and up to the start of Central Park, you then circle back and head for home.
Seeing Manhattan from the sky is a once in a lifetime experience that you can’t quite put into words. I certainly can’t, but I liked the pictures and that’s really the reason this post made it onto the Internet. After spending 3 weeks walking around New York, it was incredible to see it spread out beneath me. The intimidating steel giants that had risen up from the street, now seemed like tiny lego towers. It’s definitely something to tick off your bucket list.
Flying with Liberty was a great choice, they’re friendly and have a great safety record. Plus our pilot was a fantastic tour guide. For more information on their helicopter tours, you can check out their website here.
Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll see.