The diaries of Lewis and Clark are filled with cantankerous laments about having to tour the wilderness by foot and the startling lack of trailside fast-food options. Equip yourself with a discoverer's eyes and a wizard's wheels with today's Groupon: for $32, you get a single-admission ticket to The Ride, which departs from Times Square (a $65 value). Check in at the box office outside on the ground level of the Marriot Marquis, between 45th and 46th streets.
The Ride is a novel touring experience that's equal parts bedazzling bus and roving theatrical caravan. This super-sized people box chauffeurs leisure-loving locals and vivacious visitors alike within its high-tech confines. Packed with three rows of 49 stadium-style seats and floor to ceiling windows, The Ride allows cadres of sightseers to truly see the sights of the vibrant city. Take in famous Big Apple landmarks—including Central Park, Carnegie Hall, and the smooth, engine-purring Chrysler Building—as this mega-coach meanders along the 4.2-mile route. The 75-minute entertainment extravaganza uses its giant windows to their full extent, featuring skilled street performers highlighting hotspots along the way and making even the most grizzled park chess tables crack a smile. Check the schedule to find an ideal urban exploration time.
The Ride was featured in the New York Daily News:
- What makes "The Ride" unique are street performers positioned strategically along the bus route who get in on the action. They include a tap-happy dancer living out a scene from "42nd Street" and uniformed ushers near Radio City who burst into a peppy audition number as you motor by. The moments are surprisingly charming. – Joe Dziemianowicz, New York Daily News
Aboard the motor coach, Anderson Cooper sank lower in his seat, grinning and pulling his hat over his eyes as a friendly rapper called him out by name. But this rapper wasn't on-board the coach. Instead, he was spitting his rhymes from the sidewalk outside, performing for an audience on one of The Ride's interactive New York City tours. Though unique, Mr. Cooper's experience has been shared by hundreds of other famous personalities, tourists, and locals. Floor-to-ceiling windows cover the entire right side and roof of each of The Ride's custom built-motor coaches, breaking the fourth wall as they ensure that not only can passengers view the city, but the city can look back in. Due to their popularity, The Ride's tours have been chronicled by media outlets such as New York Live, Good Morning America, and The Today Show.
As each motor coach embarks on its tour through 4.2 miles of Midtown, guides encourage group participation with song, dance, and question-and-answer sessions, much like any good meeting with a tax accountant. With the aid of 40 plasma monitors displaying images and historical information, they also divulge facts about landmarks such as Central Park, 42nd Street, and Grand Central Station. As the bus travels alongside famous buildings and city sidewalks, passengers encounter a range of characters. Some are regular New Yorkers, but others are company performers in disguise. Rappers, dancers, singers, and actors leap from the crowd to entertain their mobile audiences with impromptu live routines, and sometimes pull audience members into the show. Surround-sound stereo, wireless microphones, and external speakers allow audiences to hear the performances from their seats, unlike pedestrians outside, who have to hop on a neighbor's shoulders to get a better view.
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