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
THE RIDE & Our Family of NYC Experiences - a fun way to discover New York City. The interactive entertainment and tour experiences will introduce the customers to the Big Apple’s most iconic sights and give them a taste of the city’s eclectic atmosphere. THE RIDE is a 75-minute interactive entertainment experience with 2 comedic hosts and 5-7 live street performances. THE TOUR Powered by THE RIDE is a 90-minute multimedia sightseeing experience with 1 NYC licensed tour navigator, with a route spanning Midtown Manhattan and a bit of the Upper West Side. THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE Powered by THE RIDE is a 90-minute multimedia historical adventure exploring Downtown Manhattan, featuring the magic of virtual reality that allows visitors to relive historical moments in time.