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Manhattan Skyline

Manhattan Skyline

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7,165 Reviews
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, or 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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Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

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New York Mini-Vacation 2021
Amoles-28, May 2021
NYC Skyline Tour
Very good, I felt safe and the tour was Great! The pilot was very informative. I was glad to see the city clean and free from smog.
star-5
Great experience.
Charles_H, May 2021
New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights
Amazing views of the West Side of Manhattan and New Jersey. Pilot and staff were friendly. All COVID-19 protocols were followed to ensure a safe and fun experience.
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Amazing cruise
Malba_W, Apr 2021
Statue of Liberty and New York City Skyline Sightseeing Cruise
Very clean and Covid safe. Elegant cruise with great city views. Cocktails were delicious. Enjoyable!
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This is by far the best NY cruise
Brenda_Q, Mar 2021
Statue of Liberty and New York City Skyline Sightseeing Cruise
The best experience 100% recommended ! Loved the experience, social distancing, private cruise, no big lineups. Family friendly
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Tour with the best
Edwin_J, May 2021
NYC Skyline Tour
It was a wonderful experience. Josephine let us feel at home immediately. The check in and boarding went smooth and the tour was fantastic. I will for sure recommend NYC Skyline Tour.
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The experience was great and the employees are fantastic!
Paula_E, May 2021
New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights
New York Helicopter Services is a fantastic business! The employees are fabulous. They are very kind, helpful, professional, hard-working and very safe. This tour is worth the money and very cool. Special thanks to Jose Acosta, Magnus, Brian and Roberto!!!
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Great experience
Sabrina_B, Jun 2021
Statue of Liberty and New York City Skyline Sightseeing Cruise
Sitting outdoors and taking in the city. I could hear the announcer talk about the sites better than indoors
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Surprise Birthday Gift
Shirley_R, Dec 2020
New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour
Beautiful day for a sightseeing trip and surprise for my husband. My husband was so excited. Clear skies and perfect for taking pictures of Manhattan.
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Our first Cruise Ride
Felicia_W, Jun 2021
Statue of Liberty and New York City Skyline Sightseeing Cruise
We cruised with another couple to celebrate my husband's birthday. The weather was perfect! The atmosphere was pleasant, spacious, and comfortable. The service was great from beginning to end! We enjoyed our complimentary mimosas. Thanks Ramon!
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Amazing experience
Joaquin_R, Nov 2020
New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour
Staff/ Ground crew and pilot were AMAZING! It was my daughter’s birthday and they all went above and beyond to treat her special Thank you
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Best day of my life
Steve, Sep 2020
Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight
I was very pleased with my tour, the day was beautiful for flying, the views were stunning to view all of Manhattan. I would definitely recommend anyone to fly on a helicopter. Definitely a wonderful opportunity. The staff and the pilot very helpful and friendly.
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AWESOME
Miguel_H, Mar 2020
Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight
superbe. nice pilot and awesome flight. easy and uncomplicatet. the flight was so beautifull. easy to accsess with metro line 1

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 three miles (five 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.

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When to Get There

Consider the time of day for your viewing based on what you're looking for. If you want great photos, avoid the middle of the day, when the sun is high; for a romantic atmosphere, opt for a dinner cruise or nighttime stroll. Go 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 Empire State Building is possibly the most iconic piece of architecture on the planet, built in 1931 in Art Deco style. The Chrysler Building and Rockefeller Center offer more Art Deco examples, while the Time Warner Center, 4 Times Square, and One World Trade Center (aka Freedom Tower) feature modern architecture.

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