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Stop At: The Ride, 584 8th Ave Between 37th & 38th Streets, New York City, NY 10018-3007

THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE Powered by THE RIDE is a brand new multimedia 90-minute historical adventure exploring Downtown Manhattan’s most notable landmarks and neighborhoods

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Pass By: Lower Manhattan, New York City, NY

The central borough for business, culture, and government in NYC

Pass By: SeaGlass Carousel at The Battery, 75 Battery Pl, New York City, NY 10280-1500

Inspired by the chambered nautilus, the spiraling pavilion of glass and steel brings art, architecture, and music to children of all ages

Pass By: Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, NY 10038

One of the primary symbols of New York City, it is a marvel of design and provides spectacular views of the city's skyline

Pass By: Governors Island, Craig Road North, New York City, NY

The backdrop of two centuries of military heritage

Pass By: One World Observatory, 117 West Street One World Trade Center, New York City, NY 10007-0089

One World Observatory is at the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere

Pass By: Federal Hall, 26 Wall St, New York City, NY 10005-1996

Built in 1842 on the site of the first U.S. Capitol

Pass By: The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum, 180 Greenwich St World Trade Center, New York City, NY 10007-0089

The center that documents the significance of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001

Pass By: New York Harbor, New York City, NY

One of the largest natural harbors in the world

Pass By: South Street Seaport Historic District, 12-14 Fulton St. between Water & South Streets, NY

Located on the East River in Lower Manhattan with unparalleled views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the city’s iconic skyline
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Departure Point
184 Water St, New York, NY 10268, USA
1h 30m
Return Details
Hornblower Cruises & Events Pier 15, 78 South St, New York, NY 10038, USA
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional guide
  • Live entertainment
  • Entry/Admission - The Ride
  • Food and drinks are not included or allowed on the bus
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I took the Downtown experience tour on Tuesday I think our fabulous tour guide was called Clare... if I’m wrong about your name I am very sorry because you were amazing! Lots of great information presented with passion and hilarity! Never laughed so much on...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was an amazing experience. There is a great opportunity to increase the use of virtual reality technology to make the experience even better. The host was brilliant and the street performance was a real highlight. I would recommend this above all other bus type...More

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TheRideNYC, Manager at The Ride, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for this wonderful review of THE DOWNTOWN Experience. The ability to "time travel" with the VR makes this a very unique experience on a bus. Glad you liked it

Reviewed 1 week ago

My family (ages 10 - 70 years) really enjoyed this experience. Kelsey, our guide, was knowledgeable, funny and attentive. A great time!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Amy a
TheRideNYC, Manager at The Ride, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many people call us the most family friendly Attraction in NYC. Looks like your entire family all had a great time!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not as fulfilled as the Uptown Ride, but if you love history this one is for you. We found it very difficult to get to the pick up point - Instructions were very confusing.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Sean D
TheRideNYC, Manager at The Ride, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

THE DOWNTOWN Experience is worlds only integrated VR experience on a traveling bus. A very different experience from THE RIDE

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have never done something quite like this before. Wife and I were thoroughly entertained for an hour and a half with the added bonus of learning some history about downtown New York. Claire, our host has a great personality and quick wit. Her commentary throughout...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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TheRideNYC, Manager at The Ride, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for this 5 star review of THE DOWNTOWN Experience. The worlds only integrated VR experience on a bus.

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22 August 2019|
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Response from deborahj81 | Reviewed this property |
An hour and a half. It’s fantastic. We have been on it twice and it was one of our family’s favorite activities in NYC.
Carolina G
3 December 2018|
Response from judys453 | Reviewed this property |
I’m sorry I don’t have an answer for that.
27 June 2018|
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Response from geneva | Reviewed this property |
It is about 40%. So u are constantly putting goggles on and off
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