Like hummingbirds, helicopters can hover in place, possess the power of rapid flight, and enjoy sticking their noses in flower patches on a whimsical spring day. Experience New York mechanical-bird-style with today's Groupon: for $155, you get a 20-minute Deluxe Manhattan Tour for one and a souvenir photo from Manhattan Helicopters (a $240 value), which depart from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport. This deal includes the $25 helipad fee.
Manhattan Helicopters’ professional and congenial pilots convey their copious knowledge of New York City while soaring through Manhattan airspace to grace aerial perspective-seekers with unique visions of classic sights, from the spire of Chrysler Building to the illicit pigeon secret societies atop the Empire State Building. The sleek copters, which are equipped with cushy seats, enable sightseers to get closer to attractions than a plane and higher than sun-sensitive, jury-rigged wax wing. Pilots weave their aircraft from the Financial District up the Hudson River to the Bronx, treating passengers to views of Yankee Stadium, the majestic trusses of the George Washington Bridge, Liberty and Ellis islands, the verdant sprawl of Central Park, and more. Noise-reduction BOSE headsets and microphones enable pilot and passenger to speak above the propellers' cacophony to discuss the sights below and inquire about the best pizza place to reach by parachute. Afterward, aerial sightseers receive a 6”x8” souvenir photo to memorialize a piece of their adventure (a $20 value).
Manhattan Helicopters' flight crew zips passengers past the Big Apple's most iconic attractions while narrating trips in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, 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.