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A detailed guide to the New York Helicopter tour routes from Manhattan & New Jersey

On this page, we’ll explore the routes taken on the different New York helicopter tours to give you a clear idea of what to expect. Find a breakdown of all the sights covered on your tour plus the start and end points by taking a look at all the route maps on this page.

Your New York helicopter tour routes explained

New York Helicopter tour route maps

15-Minute tour from Downtown Manhattan

Route: The first sights covered are Governor's Island, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty. Next, you will cruise along Manhattan, spotting Central Park, Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, and Times Square. Admire the U.S.S. Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum, Chelsea Piers, West Village, and Tribeca. Pay respects at Ground Zero and the 9/11 Memorial and then return to the heliport after an unparalleled New York experience.

What you’ll see: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, One World Trade Center, 9/11 Memorial, Brooklyn Bridge, Battery Park, Wall Street/Financial District, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Madison Square Garden, Times Square, U.S.S. Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, & Central Park.

20-Minute tour from Downtown Manhattan

Route: First, you will pass Governor's Island, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty, and then head north to witness the bustling George Washington Bridge. Enjoy stunning aerial views of Manhattan's top attractions, including Central Park, Empire State Building, and One World Trade Center. Admire Central Park's entire length and other notable landmarks like Grant's Tomb. Next, you will cruise past New Jersey's palisade cliffs and Inwood Hill Park. Finally, you will catch a glimpse of Yankee Stadium above the Hudson River. 

What you’ll see: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, One World Trade Center, Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, Chelsea Piers, Times Square, The Intrepid, Central Park, Columbia University, Grant's Tomb, Yankee Stadium, The Palisades, George Washington Bridge, & the Northern Tip of Manhattan.

30-Minute tour from Downtown Manhattan

Route: Once your tour begins, catch sight of Governors Island, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty. Next, admire the iconic Verrazano Narrows Bridge connecting Staten Island to New York. Finally, fly over the charming bays of Staten Island and Coney Island before you return to the heliport.

What you’ll see: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, One World Trade Center, 9/11 Memorial, Brooklyn Bridge, Battery Park, Wall Street/Financial District, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Madison Square Garden, Times Square, U.S.S. Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, Central Park, Columbia University, Grant's Tomb, George Washington Bridge, Harlem and Harlem River, Bronx & Yankee Stadium, Palisades Cliffs, Spuyten Duyvil Bridge, Verrazano Bridge, Staten Island, & Coney Island Beach & Amusement Park.

30-Minute tour from Linden Airport

Route: Your route begins with the Statue of Liberty, New York's Financial District, and Brooklyn Bridge. After this, you will fly past Battery Park and One World Trade Center and then along the Hudson River. Here is when you can spot the One World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, and the 9/11 Memorial fountains before heading back, passing the Statue of Liberty again.

What you’ll see: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Tear of Grief, One World Trade Center, Brooklyn, Newark Airport, Ground Zero, Madison Square Garden, Empire State Building, United Nations, Times Square, Central Park, Columbia University, Riverbank State Park, Yankee Stadium, Washington Bridge, & Governors Island.




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Frequently asked questions about the New York helicopter tour routes

Which route does the New York helicopter tour take?

The NYC helicopter tours will take you past Governor's Island and the Statue of Liberty and up the Hudson River and back. As you travel along the river, you'll get to spot iconic attractions and landmarks that make up the city’s skyline. The number of sights covered on your route will depend on the length of your tour.

What sights are covered on the New York helicopter tour?

On your NYC helicopter ride, you’ll get to see all the popular NYC landmarks including the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, One World Trade Center, & Brooklyn Bridge, to name a few.

How long is the New York helicopter tour route?

New York helicopter tours last for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the tour you choose. You can choose the tour that suits your preference.

Does the route of the New York helicopter tour cover all the major attractions of the city?

Yes, the route taken on your NYC helicopter tour will cover all the popular attractions of the city including the Empire State Building, Central Park, Yankee Stadium, & more. 

What is the start and end point of the New York helicopter tour route?

Your tour starts and ends at the heliport, which will either be Linden Airport or Downtown Manhattan Heliport, depending on the tour you choose.

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