THE RIDE

Theater District - Times Square

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In a Nutshell

  • Entertainment experience
  • High-tech vehicle with stadium seating & sweeping views
  • Novel way to explore the city

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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.

Reviews

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

The Ride

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. At times, rappers, dancers, singers, and actors leap from the crowd to entertain their mobile audiences with impromptu routines, and sometimes pull audience members into the show.

Launching in mid-March, 2017, The Downtown Experience will be a multi-media historical adventure with a Storyteller’s live narration exploring the birthplace neighborhoods of the world’s greatest city. Featuring some of The Ride's signature performance interludes, and enhanced with the advanced technology of partner Timelooper, The Downtown Experience will be highlighted by the magic of 6 virtual reality visualizations and include such moments as on location time travel back to the inauguration of George Washington in 1789.

Customer Reviews

The most entertaining sightseeing tour around!
Jasper H. · December 9, 2016
We had a great time on the ride. The hosts were hilarious. It's a must for NYC holiday lovers!
Shannon O. · December 7, 2016
I really enjoyed this experience. My children (ages 23, 21 and 16) and my husband all came with me and we all agreed it was one of the most fun things we did in NYC. It was a bit expensive however-
Eileen M. · November 28, 2016
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    Theater District - Times Square

    1535 Broadway

    New York, New York 10036

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