New York Helicopter Flight: Grand Island - New York City

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  • Duration: 30 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    Monday-Saturday 9:00am-6:30pm All flight times are approximate and subject to change due to weather conditions and weight restrictions.
  • Departure Details :
    Zip Aviation, 6 E River Bikeway, New York, NY 10004, USA
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


See the entire City of New York on a comprehensive 25-30-minute helicopter tour of the Big Apple! As well as the most popular sights, such as the Statue of liberty, Ground Zero and New York Harbor, you will see Central Park, landmarks like the George Washington Bridge and New Yankee Stadium from above and enjoy spectacular views over New York's five boroughs on this Grand Island helicopter tour.


  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views
  • Great overview and orientation of the city

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Taking off from Manhattan's Downtown Heliport, you will fly past the former US Army post of Governor\'s island to get a close-up of the majestic Statue of liberty, a nineteenth century gift from the people of France. You'll then soar over beautiful Battery park to reach the site of Ground zero, scene of the tragedies of September 11, 2001.

Your flight will proceed along the Hudson river past Wall Street, Chinatown, Little italy and the bright lights of bustling Times square before continuing north to reach New York's world-famous Central park, an Oasis in the urban landscape!

Sports fans will be thrilled as your helicopter rounds the bases of the New Yankee stadium, the world's third most expensive stadium when completed in 2009. While you are in the air, see George Washington Bridge and head back over Manhattan to take in New York's world-famous skyline featuring the Empire state building, the Met Life Building and the art deco magnificence of the Chrysler building.

You'll see the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island, and view the Queensboro, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges. The aerial views of the United Nations Building and South street seaport are unforgettable as your flight brings you back to New york harbor over Ellis island, the first stop on American soil for over 20 million immigrants.

Whether this is your first time in New york city or you are a regular visitor to the Big Apple, a New York Grand Island Helicopter Flight is a thrilling way to see this great city and its five boroughs!

Please note: The listed price does not include a US $40 per person heliport/security fee, payable at the time of tour check-in.


25-30-minute Helicopter tour

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The listed price does not include a USD40.00 per person (including infants) heliport/security fee, payable at the time of tour check-in. The heliport/security fee is mandated by the Downtown Manhattan Heliport and is not within our control.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Infants must sit on laps

Wheelchair accessible

Helicopter seating is based on a 4- or 6-passenger helicopter, whichever is available at the time of your tour

Due to comfort and weight / balance of the aircraft, passengers weighing over 250lbs (113kgs) will be required to purchase an additional seat. This is payable directly to the tour operator on the day of the tour. 300-lb (136kg) maximum weight per passenger.

All passengers including children must have ID/Passport or you may be denied your flight

Please note, audio language selection is not guaranteed and is based on availability. Should more than 2 languages be requested on the same flight, the audio commentary may default to English

Traveler Reviews

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  • 17-Sep-2019

    From the moment we arrived attendants and staff were very courteous and helpful. The pilot was friendly and the flight was amazing. Highly recommend taking the flight.

  • 22-Aug-2018

    What an amazing experience with Zip Aviation! We flew all around New York City and got to see things we'd never before seen. Its such an amazing experience seeing the city from that view! I've lived in NYC 12 yrs and I so recommend it for any and all!

  • 13-Apr-2018

    Well worth the cost and we had a lovely clear day

  • 21-Jan-2018

    This was a fun little trip, We were a group of 5 so we had the helicopter to ourselves.
    The pilot was very clear in telling us what landmarks to look at etc.
    It was a very very smooth ride, highly recommend this tour

  • 27-Dec-2017

    Trip was very rushed, they seemed in a hurry to get you on helicopter and get you off to get the next people on. You are not allowed to take bags on board and they make you put in a locker then charge you 2 dollars for the privilege. The sights were good. The pilot did not have much personally, and never really spoke much. The trip would have been better at night with all the lights. Good trip but not great.

  • 26-Sep-2017

    Great flight around NYC! Professional company looking after your safety whilst friendly informative tour seeing sights from up above. Thankfully it was a good clear day when we took our first helicopter flight. Lovely smooth ride. Make sure you read the small print and take required paperwork. Enjoy!

  • 13-Sep-2017

    A helicopter tour is a great way to see a number of attractions quickly, but I do not think it is an activity that we will do again. There was nothing done in error by the staff, but I think expectations were much higher than reality. Some notes/advice for future guests

    - The customer service team is very friendly and accommodating due to rainy weather on our tour date, they quickly rescheduled our tour to the following day.
    - The front desk staff are very friendly, and get you suited up quickly and ready to go. Please do your best to arrive early as requested so as to not hold up the entire group. Also know that you cannot take backpacks or purses with you on the helicopter lockers are available to rent at the Helipad so bring some dollar bills.
    - To balance the helicopter, my son age 7 had to sit in a middle seat. He told me after the flight that he could barely see out of the windows, so while it was exciting to ride in a helicopter, he saw none of the attractions besides the Statue of Liberty. For him to see the sites was my main reason for booking this activity, so unfortunately this missed the mark.
    - I'm not sure that they minded, but a couple in our group got split up he was in the back, she was seated in front. If you want to sit with each other, you may want to request this prior to booking. Also note that you will be grouped with strangers, unless you book the entire flight of six yourself.
    - We booked the Grand Island Tour, which while a longer ride, does not include many additional attractions. We got an extended flight over water while listening to background music. I think the mid-tier option may be the best bang for your buck.
    - When boarding we were told that we would be able to speak to each other, but the headphones and microphones did not seem to work during our trip.
    - I'm not sure if it's normal, but our pilot did not speak to us at all during the tour the only information was provided by the pre-recorded messaging as we passe each attraction. This led to a lot of dead air see note above about the background music. It would have been nice to get some local information or additional commentary during this time.

    So overall, there was nothing done wrong, as noted there were just some areas of expectation that fell a little short.

  • 30-Jun-2017

    Great way to see NYC!

  • 26-Jun-2017

    Was very disappointed and upset with this booking, it was expensive and was only in the helicopter for maximum 15 mins. This was unacceptable and feel very let down by the trip.

  • 30-May-2017

    Everyone should take this tour! Just when I thought I had seen it all -- after living here for 15 years -- seeing NYC by helicopter was a delightful surprise. The ride was smooth and professional. A little cramped, but you soon forget that once you're treated to the views. Highly recommend!

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