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NY SKYRIDE | Virtual Tour Simulator at Empire State Building Information

NY SKYRIDE | Virtual Tour Simulator at Empire State Building Info

Ticket Info:
Adults - $47; Children - $30; Seniors - $39

Hours:
Mon.-Sun. 8am-10pm

When to Go:
Inclement weather

Age Restriction:
All ages are welcome.

Nearest Transit:
34th St-6th Ave (B, D, F, V, N, Q, R, W); 33rd St-Park Ave (6); 33rd Street (PATH)

Important Information

  • The NY Skyride does not issue refunds for unused tickets.

NY SKYRIDE | Virtual Tour Simulator at Empire State Building Quick Facts

  • The NY Skyride is located on the second floor of the Empire State Building.
  • The NY Skyride is open 365 days a year.
  • Minimum height for the NYC Skyride is 36 inches.

Address:
350 Fifth Avenue
New York, US




NYCTourist Travel Info

User Average Review

Overall:
3.85
Location:
4.35
Information:
3.6
Fun Factor:
3.85

Based on 5 reviews

Rating Distribution

3.9 out of 5 Stars

83.3% recommended it

NY SKYRIDE | Virtual Tour Simulator at Empire State Building Reviews

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dsfdf

Joined: June 2016

xxx.xxx.237.190

Overall:
1
Location:
1
Information:
1
Fun Factor:
1

Would not recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 06/16

the worst scam ever

How do they get away with this? Charging up to $100 extra to wait an extra 1/2 hour?
total rubbish.
SCAM!!! This is the most outrageous way to steal money from tourists in the beautiful NYC. Of course, nobody wants to loose money and time for this kind of "attraction", just go on the roof of the Empire State Building. Unfortunately, they place men out of the building, who lie to tourists saying this is the only way to go upstairs. I clearly asked them if there was a cheaper way to go upstairs, they said there wasn't and the reasons for the higher cost were due to the holidays period and a faster way to go on 86th floor. This is SHAMEFUL and probably also ILLEGAL. They should stop this practice.

Jason Bushey

Joined: November 2010

xxx.xxx.185.247

Overall:
3
Location:
5
Information:
0
Fun Factor:
4

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 08/12

NY Skyride - Great for kids and Kevin Bacon fans

If you're traveling with the little ones, the NY Skyride will be a fun treat for them on your way up to the Empire State Building. Older NYC tourists will definitely be amused by this virtual tour of New York (though don't be surprised if your stomach gets queasy her and there), but the Skyride works best when you're with kids. 

The Skyride puts all riders on a rocking machine in front of a large, theater-style movie screen. The sensation is that of riding in a helicopter, and the bird's-eye footage is pretty spectacular. There are some hints of a sci-fi theme going here but, for the most part, it keeps it simple by sticking to the helicopter-style simulator it's promoted as.

The whole ride lasts about 20 minutes, and ranges from slow and easy-moving to fast and furious. Plus, Kevin Bacon (!) is the narrator of this helicopter simulation, and his charisma and enthusiasm for the gig actually add a quite a bit to the overall experience. Mr. Bacon dishes NYC facts as quickly as the Skyride itself can move, and in my opinion the narration was just as fun as the ride itself. (I'm sure the kiddies will disagree, but hey, that's just my opinion.)

My advice? Bring the kids, split a bag of popcorn and immerse yourself in the old-school amusement of the NY Skyride. The Skyride is light fun perfect for the NYC tourists looking for interactive family fun in Manhattan.

DCarl

Joined: May 2012

xxx.xxx.108.245

Overall:
5
Location:
5
Information:
5
Fun Factor:
5

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 05/12

Excellent for groups.

I wento to new york sky ride with a group of 57 kids, they really enjoyed this ride, the motion and the sights are unbeliebeables, I felt like it was in a real helicopter tour. We flew over bridges, statue of liberty, and more. 

GiancolaStefano

Joined: May 2012

xxx.xxx.108.245

Overall:
5
Location:
5
Information:
5
Fun Factor:
5

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 05/12

Very nice.

Family enjoyed this ride so much, they even comapred it to the ones from Disney, crew is very friendly and helpful, good good job! I would go back next time I go to NYC.

Martha24

Joined: May 2012

xxx.xxx.108.245

Overall:
5
Location:
5
Information:
5
Fun Factor:
5

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 04/12

Must Visit

This ride is pretty much an overview of the history of New York City, kids loved it so did my husdband and I. I would recomend it to everyone. Must visit. 

Carly Kale

Joined: March 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
3.35
Location:
5
Information:
2
Fun Factor:
3

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 04/11

Overpriced but Entertaining Attraction - NY Skyride

Many people feel like they paid too much for this popular New York attraction.  You can often get lured in by the men on the street corner offering you a deal and saying that they have the lowest prices.  However, the best price you'll get is at the actual attraction (or with your NY Pass).

If you get an NY Pass and the entrance fee is included, then the NY Skyride can be really fun.  It's not necessarily worth the regular cost of admission or long line, but you probably won't regret it if it's free/cheap.

 

This review is provided by an NYCTourist staff member and is a composite of actual reviews. This may be a paid advertiser.

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NYCTourist Travel Info

Features: New York Skyride is the only virtual tour simulator in New York City. Narrated by actor Kevin Bacon, this 30-minute virtual adventure takes you high above the streets of New York, where you'll learn the history of the city and see sights such as Statue of Liberty, Times Square, and Yankee Stadium.

Why We Go: A tourist favorite since 1994, the New York Skyride is a fun, family-friendly NYC attraction located on site at the world-famous Empire State Building. Many tour packages include tickets to the NY Skyride.

  • Convincing Action: When you ride the New York Skyride virtual tour simulator, you'll really feel as if you're flying above New York. The illusion is achieved with a specially designed platform which moves in sync to an 18-foot high-definition screen. It's a completely immersive and highly memorable experience. Try it!
  • Cheap Tickets: While $47 for a New York Skyride ticket may seem steep, consider this: a 20-minute helicopter ride over Manhattan typically costs in excess of $200. Really, the New York Skyride is a bargain! (Plus, no Manhattan helicopter tour is narrated by Kevin Bacon!)
  • Moving Tribute: Perhaps the best part of the New York Skyride is its latest addition: a moving tribute to the World Trade Center. On this virtual tour simulator, you'll get to see the Twin Towers as they were over ten years ago, when they were still the tallest buildings in New York.

Inside Knowledge: The original NY Skyride, narrated by James Doohan (Star Trek's Scotty), opened in 1994. In 2002, the tour simulator was updated to become more informative.

Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do Visit the Observation Deck: After enjoying the New York Skyride, don't forget to visit the Empire State Building observation deck, where you'll have stunning views of the Manhattan skyline.
  • Do Expect Long Lines: The New York Skyride is located on the second floor of the Empire State Building, one of the most popular attractions in NYC. Expect long lines, even with a VIP pass. Of course, the ride is well worth the wait!
  • Don't Buy Tickets Outside Building: It's an unfortunate fact that many tourists are regularly scammed into paying exhorbitant prices for New York Skyride tickets. Don't be one of them! Stay away from the fast-talking salesmen outside the Empire State Building.
  • Don't Bring Young Children: While the New York Skyride is fun for kids, very young children, especially those under the age of five, may be unnerved by the jerky, unsettling motions of the motion simulator. Best leave them with a friend.