Getting an overhead view of the city is an excellent way for people to appreciate its true scope and figure out where exactly they dropped their contact lenses. Search from the skies with today's Groupon to Manhattan Helicopters. Choose between the following options:
- For $149, you get an approximately 20-minute deluxe Manhattan helicopter tour for one (a $220 value; includes a $25 heliport fee).
- For $295, you get an approximately 20-minute deluxe Manhattan helicopter tour for two and a framed 6"x8" photograph (a $460 value; includes a $50 heliport fee).
Manhattan Helicopters's team of practiced pilots takes sightseers skyward to the airspace of New York City for aerial views of its most beloved landmarks. Solo fliers and sky-scaling twosomes settle into the cozy passenger seats of their personal whirlybirds before taking to the clouds for an approximately 20-minute tour of the city in a four-to-six-passenger helicopter. Floor-to-roof windows give an unfettered view of the cityscape below, allowing passengers to admire the architecture of the Empire State Building and make high-five gestures to the Statue of Liberty. The pilot-guides, each with an overflowing logbook of thousands of flight hours, radio in tour narration through noise-cancelling Bose headsets, so they don’t have to yell over roaring propellers or passengers humming the musical score to Top Gun. Audio recordings in Spanish, French, and German are also available. The copter also flutters by Central Park, uptown Manhattan, and the Bronx, before returning to the heliport for a postflight souvenir photograph for pairs.
Each 20-minute tour length includes take off and landing.
Manhattan Helicopters' staff zips passengers past the Big Apple's most iconic attractions while narrating trips in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, or Chinese. Each one of their pilots must log thousands of training hours before steering whirlybirds past landmarks such as the 9/11 Memorial, Times Square, and Madison Square Garden. Voice-activated Bose headsets provide crystal-clear communications between pilots and riders, and large windows deliver unobstructed views of Governors Island and the distant Palisades. Plush leather seats equipped with cup holders equally absorb chair-gripping excitement and reveries more peaceful than a nap in a stork's bindle.