Virtual city tours let visitors gaze in awe at popular landmarks without the risk of being targeted by dishonest fruit vendors hawking “the original Big Apple.” Enjoy the genuine fruits of virtual exploration with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get a virtual helicopter tour for two at New York Skyride (up to a $58 value).
New York Skyride thrusts visitors high above the iconic city skyline without ever leaving the second floor of the Empire State Building. Inside the simulator, an 18-foot, high-definition screen moves in perfect synchronization with special platform seating, creating the sensation of puttering through the sky in a sky car. Throughout the half-hour show, voiceovers from legendary screen actor Kevin Bacon keep ears entertained and informed. Before riders fly past more than 30 New York landmarks, seven-minute preshows titled I am New York and Top 10 Things to do in New York educate about the 1,000-year history of the Empire State building and highlight popular city attractions.
Some of the best views afforded visitors by the Empire State Building can actually be found on its second floor. That's where NY Skyride's virtual skyline tours take place. Guests gather upon a large, moving platform that drifts in sync with footage projected onto an 18-foot high definition screen. The experience brings visitors up close to the highest peaks of architecture the city has to offer. The virtual tour explores three dozen famed landmarks within 30 minutes, while narration by actor Kevin Bacon points out interesting facts about each sight, such as its historical significance or how many degrees away from it he is.
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