I thought the tickets were pretty expensive to begin with (I mean come on, it is 15 minutes after all) and was furious to find out that we were expected to pay $40 more at the heliport! While this did ruin the ride a little for me, I took the liberty of going back to the website I’d booked my tickets from and complained to them. I got a free coupon which definitely made up for the loss, but I wish I wouldn’t have missed the excitement on the ride. Oh well.
I WAS HEART BROKEN when I found out that our tickets had been cancelled that very day because of “weather issues”. Yeah, we got a full refund and everything, but I was very upset.
I was really looking forward to riding around on a helicopter whilst enjoying the GORGEOUS skyline of New York City, but it was simply horrific. Right from booking the tickets on headout, I showed my e-voucher to the security, and they said there was some discrepancy. Ended up waiting in line for 15 minutes before I got a seat at the back. To make matters worse, it was super cloudy, and I barely saw anything. Very disappointed. I’d suggest you check the weather before going on. Oh yeah, but then tickets aren’t completely refundable. UGH.
I would recommend it; it was a great experience. It is very close to the subway and right from the moment I stepped onto the helipad, I knew I was in safe hands. The staff was super supportive (especially after I told them I was afraid of heights).
It was AWESOME, I even caught a glimpse of Central Park!!! I wasn’t able to get any good pictures though, but I’d suggest you carry along your cameras/phones with you just in case.
I loved it. Personally, as a very busy woman, I thought this would be the most efficient way to tour New York, and boy was I right. In less than half an hour, I’d seen the main tourist attractions of NYC.
Ride was great but if you’re going with a group, forget about sitting with each other. I ended up sitting with a separate group of three to balance out the weights on-board. Then again, the view made up for my lack of company.
By far one of the best rides I’ve been on. GREAT EXPERIENCE. So I booked tickets for my partner and I through Headout. They have a very friendly set of staff who were very kind and helpful. See, I’m a bit of a panicker, and have to make sure that I’m not being ripped off. But they walked me through the whole procedure thoroughly and ensured that I was comfortable with everything. I did’nt even have to lift a finger to do so much more than booking the tickets on my phone and showing the voucher to the staff on-ground. Viola! I would suggest that you do a bit of research prior to hoping on-board; most of the precautions (such as waiting, or 6-seaters) are written on most websites and you can go about with your plans accordingly. Overall, we had a blast.
I was lucky enough to get a pilot who was super friendly and brought in light humour every now and then; he was hilarious and the journey was smooth. The staff were amiable, very approachable and they take all sorts of precautions to ensure that you’re having the best time. I would totally do this again, given the chance!
“NYC 15-minute helicopter tour” really makes it seem like you don’t have to invest too much time in it. They should probably mention that it’s only the ride that’s 15 minutes, and sometimes you may have to wait for an hour and a half before you leap onto the helicopter. UGH.
I’d say there’s no predicting how much fun you’re going to have on one of these. So my daughter booked two tickets for me and herself, and honestly I wasn’t even expecting a good time. But whad’ya know! I had a ball! Lucky for us, we got some great offers, and ended up getting tickets dirt-cheap (check out the websites) and found the service was great. Altogether a memorable experience for us.
A little pricey for 15 minutes, but worth every darn penny. I was lucky to get a really friendly pilot who was chatty (but not like in an annoying way) but very informative. Plus, the views are simply breath-taking.
THE BIG APPLE! What an experience it was; enthralling, really. Call me a dork for loving NY’s most iconic buildings, but I thought the tour was pretty amazing. If anything, I hated that it had to end in 15 minutes
I personally thought the staff was very rude. So you guys probably know this, but each helicopter has only 6 seats. I arrived Downtown Manhattan heliport bright and beamy with 6 other friends and was very disappointed when I found out that there was nothing they could do to squish us all into one helicopter. What really bugged me was that the ground staff took a very harsh tone with me, and made me feel like I was asking for a little too much. Anyway, I ended up sitting with another group (which was fine) but it turns out the seat I got was horrible; I barely saw anything. Overall a pretty bad experience for me, and I’d suggest you drive around these places to really get the “feel” of it.
As a native New Yorker I’d say this is a ride worth cherishing. I’ve done this before, and both times in the past, I had a hoot.
It was a professional experience altogether. Only 15 minutes, but I’d say it was worth it. From the very beginning when we arrived at the Heliport till the end, it was a fun experience, although I doubt I’d ever go again. Just a warning, ensure that you have valid ID on you. I saw a woman ahead of me get pulled out because she didn’t have any and looked pretty mad about not being able to attend it.
Try it. It’s definitely worth a shot. The staff is very helpful, and they take all precautions before flying (much like the annoying stuff they do on aeroplanes like turning off electric devices). But totally worth it.
I booked tickets for my wife and myself via Headout and found it okay. The booking tickets was easy, there wasn’t much of a hassle. To be honest, I think we owe the rep at Headout a bunch because we had some trouble with getting our vouchers. He was very helpful in getting in touch with us and tending to our needs first-hand. What I didn’t like was that they have those metal detectors there; that’s right, just like in airports. What I hated was that my swiss knife got taken away from me (because who would remember NOT to take your pocket knife with you on a helicopter). I guess I just didn’t see that coming. All in all though, it was a good ride. My wife definitely had a great time.
Hi guys, I had the best time touring NYC’s priceless skyline via helicopter. I booked my seat via Headout, and I didn’t even have to print out my voucher, I just had to show my e-voucher at the helipad, and it was really as simple as that
It was an okay experience. I think the 15-minute emphasis really takes the fun out of it though. It’s too short a period to register any feelings whatsoever. I personally didn’t even have time to take any pictures (of course apart from the $20 picture they take of you in the helicopter). I’d say it was a little pricey, but I bought it anyway. Had to document this moment somehow…