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Manhattan Skyline

Manhattan Skyline

New York City, New York

The Basics

From land, water, and air, there are plenty of ways to admire the Manhattan skyline. Take a cruise on the Hudson River, East River, or New York Harbor for views of the city skyline and other landmarks including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Alternatively, walk across the Brooklyn Bridge or Manhattan Bridge, an activity that provides the chance to see the skyline at your own pace.

For aerial views, head to the top of Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, or One World Observatory, or opt for a helicopter tour for a VIP-style experience in the Big Apple.

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New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights
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New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights
$229.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Worth every penny
This is a must do trip see all major land marks in mins as opposed to hours. With the best seat in the house. The company staff where professionals and made everything perfect for my daughter 18th
Dave_j, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

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Wonderful!
Ann_P, Aug 2022
New York City Sunset Cruise on Yacht Manhattan
Beautiful and clean yacht. Very nice staff. Got to meet some very nice travelers on board. Loved it!!!!
star-5
perfect boat trip
Chris_D, Jul 2022
Statue of Liberty and New York City Skyline Sightseeing Cruise
Brilliant. lots of time for pics. very professional. clean and safe boat...recommened highly...this is the trip to take...fulfills all that we wanted.. Chris U.K.
star-5
Great and fun experience!
Maria_B, Jul 2022
Statue of Liberty and New York City Skyline Sightseeing Cruise
The boat ride was excellent. Clean and spacious and the crew was very friendly even taking the time to take pictures of us.
star-5
Excellent experience.
Kelly_C, Jun 2022
New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights
The staff were very attentive. Focus on safety was excellent. The helicopter tour itself was amazing. Getting a bird’s eye view of the city was incredible.
star-5
Amazing Experience
Juan_G, May 2022
Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight
It was such a great & smooth ride, pilot & staff very friendly; but most importantly very thorough with safety information.
star-5
More than I expected
JIM_T, May 2022
New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour
Very smooth flight The music & narration through the headsets was perfect Professional pilot & crew Helicopter was clean
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Really smooth ride at a...
Benjamin_J, May 2022
New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour
Really smooth ride at a perfect pace. Clean and spacious helicopter with very professional pilot. Great fun!
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Nice, clean, safe
Jianwei_D, Apr 2022
New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights
Nice, clean, safe, The pilot explains the buildings, the inside is clean and tidy, it flew above the river, little bit short, but this is lower price… good enough for seeing big apple from above. A nice experience over all.
star-5
A complete must but select the sunset cruise
Steven_T, Jun 2022
New York City Sunset Cruise on Yacht Manhattan
Of all the tours we did in Manhattan I can honestly say this was spectacular and special. A small boat and great service with the sunset backdrop of the Manhattan skyline and close up of Lady Liberty. Very romantic and so pleased we did this.
star-5
Best tour in New York
ashley_P, Aug 2022
New York City Sunset Cruise on Yacht Manhattan
Incredible trip. Boat is absolutely beautiful! Crew was fabulous! Nice smaller more intimate boat that is beautiful!
star-5
Amazing experience....
Nicolas_T, Aug 2022
Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight
Amazing experience. Unforgettable! People very nice and smart and professional. I will do it again next time in NY and will offer to my best friends
star-5
Great Tour!!!
Alice_M, Mar 2022
New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights
My sister and I had a great time on the tour, it ran about 15 min. which is what we had signed up for, the views were great and they make sure to pass by everything twice so each side could get to see the same views! Do make sure you get there just a little early. You will have a little safety instruction, so just be ready! I would totally recommend this tour we had a great time!!!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The skyline is broken into two notable sections—Midtown Manhattan and Lower Manhattan.

  • The walk from One World Trade Center to the Empire State Building is about 3 miles (5 kilometers).

  • If you want to visit a skyscraper observatory such as that at the Empire State Building, consider a skip-the-line ticket to avoid the typically long wait.

  • For water views without booking a cruise, hop on the free Staten Island Ferry.

  • There are lots of wheelchair-accessible ways to admire the Manhattan Skyline.

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How to Get There

Manhattan is situated in the heart of New York City and is easily accessible on foot, by bike, boat, or train from various points across the city. The skyline itself is visible from various vantage points in and around, including across the river in Brooklyn. You can also admire the Manhattan Skyline as part of a walking tour or flightseeing experience.

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Empire State Building


When to Get There

For great photos, avoid admiring the Manhattan Skyline in the middle of the day when the sun is high. For a romantic atmosphere, opt for a dinner cruise or nighttime stroll to see the skyscrapers illuminated. Or, go to New York City during the holidays for the chance to admire the skyline in the snow and see the landmark buildings decked out in seasonal decorations.

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Famous Buildings in the Manhattan Skyline

The 102-story, art deco–style Empire State Building—built in 1931—is possibly the most iconic piece of architecture on the planet. However, the Chrysler Building and Rockefeller Center surely aren't far behind, while the Time Warner Center, 4 Times Square, and One World Trade Center (aka Freedom Tower) feature more modern, but equally captivating, designs.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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