All those landmark iconic places you have only ever seen in movies come to life when you take this helicopter tour. I booked online from the UK before travelling to NY. Very efficient website with clear directions and instructions. I chose HFS as they use helicopters with panoramic windows which swayed my decision. The staff were very helpful and friendly when we arrived, life jackets were provided and lockers for personal belongings (just you and your camera are all that you need on board). Clear instructions and a safety video were shown before take off, strict rules are applied when you walk onto the apron but it is well organised and safe.
The actual tour takes around 15 minutes and is awesome. You get to see so much, it was worth it just to get up close and personal with the Statue of Liberty! An overhead view of ground zero is humbling as the helicopter heads up the Hudson River towards Central Park. The tour included wonderful views of Governer's Island, Eliis Island, Liberty Island, The West Side and Central Park. Then a turn around taking in views of Empire State Building, Chrysler Building etc. returning with great views of lower Manhatten and Brooklyn.
Don't think about the cost of this flight, just do it. You will not be disappointed and will have wonderful memories of a truly amazing city.
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