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THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE Powered By THE RIDE provided by The Ride


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2 adults
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What you can expect during this experience
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Updated 28/12/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 28/12/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
  • You'll start at
    184 Water St
    184 Water St, New York, NY 10268, USA
    Meet our Customer Care Representative in front of the Starbucks on the corner of John Street and Water Street in Lower Manhattan.
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    The Ride
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    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
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    Pass by
    Lower Manhattan
    SeaGlass Carousel at The Battery
    Brooklyn Bridge
    Governors Island
    One World Observatory
    Federal Hall
    The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum
    New York Harbor
    South Street Seaport Historic District
  • You'll end at
    Hornblower Cruises & Events New York - Pier 15
    78 South St, New York, NY 10038, USA
    Two blocks south of the original meeting point.
    See address & details
Important Information
Departure Point
184 Water St, New York, NY 10268, USA
1h 30m
Return Details
Hornblower Cruises & Events New York - 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
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Traveller rating
  • 69
  • 18
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Daniel S wrote a review Nov 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
It's been 8 months of waiting, this terrible company is not serious. We are all affected by this pandemic and life goes on and we have to solve our problems. I need my refund now.
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Date of experience: March 2020
1 Helpful vote
Clare wrote a review Mar 2020
3 contributions1 helpful vote
Was not sure what to expect but was absolutely brilliant. Was smiling and laughing so much, it made my face hurt. Scott and Jack, the tour guides, and everyone else involved were fantastic. Would highly recommend.
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Response from TheRideNYC, Manager at THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE Powered By THE RIDE
Responded 7 Apr 2020
Scott and Jacky are definitely the best in the business. So happy to read you had a great time with us.
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Taurus_World wrote a review Mar 2020
Jersey, United Kingdom388 contributions195 helpful votes
It was a great night time experience staff were lovely and helpful The performance in the street were fab, it didn't matter where you sat on the bus, some people paid for the $10 upgrade for front seats, and on day some got free front row seats.
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2 Helpful votes
Response from TheRideNYC, Guest Relations Manager at THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE Powered By THE RIDE
Responded 9 Mar 2020
Thank you for this review, friend! We certainly appreciate the five-star remarks! Some guests like to book evening shows so that they can take in the lights of Midtown from the comfort of our luxury bus-- while avoiding Times Square Elmos! Others like to book during the day so that they can take full advantage of our panoramic windows-- perfect for capturing that Instagram content! No matter when you book, it's going to be a blast! Quick note about the front row seats: the upgrade is totally optional. Since we sell out every seat for nearly every show, we will have to seat some folks in that front row regardless of how many upgrades we've sold per departure. However, there's never a guarantee! So you made the right call in purchasing that option so that you knew exactly where you'd be sitting when you arrived! Nice job! Come back and laugh with us again soon, friend!
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peachyknick wrote a review Mar 2020
London, United Kingdom152 contributions41 helpful votes
We have just come off The Ride with Janet and Scott. One word. WOW. At first I wasn’t sure if MY drink had been spiked or THEIRS, however after settling in and fully letting go this was absolutely amazing! It was fun, hilarious and entertaining. The comedic timing of our
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Response from TheRideNYC, Guest Relations Manager at THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE Powered By THE RIDE
Responded 9 Mar 2020
Our jazz hands are absolutely sparkling right now, Peachy! This is a fantastic review and we so appreciate it! (To clarify, no spiking of any kind on board our buses. Janet, Jackie, Scott, and team are all just super excited to be there!) And indulge us as the jazz hands turn into high fives for noting that THE RIDE isn't a tour. We're glad to hear you loved it regardless! Please come back again soon!
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victoriabailey1 wrote a review Feb 2020
Macclesfield, United Kingdom7 contributions
We though the rid was great fun The acts on the street as we drove around were so talented and our on board hosts were very funny we would recommend doing this amongst the fun we did learn about New York too
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Date of experience: February 2020
Response from TheRideNYC, Guest Relations Manager at THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE Powered By THE RIDE
Responded 2 Mar 2020
Thank you so much, Victoria! We're thrilled to hear that you and your guests enjoyed THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE with us! Incorporating unique virtual reality moments into an historic look at the origins of New York City, THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE explores the many revolutions and revitalizations of New York City in a way that only we can! We're looking forward to seeing you again soon!
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: The Ride
Funny and entertaining
The tour is super convenient if you are in a rush and want to see more about midtown Manhattan if you don't have th
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Teresa T
Awesome experience
The kids and I enjoyed The Ride experience thouroughly. During the rest of the time walking around on the streets
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Teriann O
NYC shut down, but did enjoy the Ride
My 13 year old daugther and I were in NYC March 12-14 (we left early). Everything was closed because of the COVID-
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Sebastián B
really cool
it was a really fun experience, we did it because it was included in our new york pass and it was so much fun, coo
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Great way to see the City
It's hard to share how fun The Ride is without spoiling the surprises. Lots of laughed, great NYC performances, tou
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Must do attraction in Nyc!
We had the best time doing THE RIDE! Informative, funny and exciting. Our mouths hurt from laughing so much! Shouto
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Bad tour guides
Very unpleasant. Made rude jokes about my faith. It was just not what we expected. It seemed like they were just
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Great fun
Saw a good amount of midtown New York on an entertaining bus trip. Really enjoyed it & would recommend to all.
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Fun times!
This was a wonderful experience. I’m still waving and laughing. Great job by the tour guides and actors throughout
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The Ride New York before the virus
Booked the ride online - nice and easy. Clear directions on where to meet transport. Arrived at location to see a c
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The Ride
I would not pay full price for this but at a generous discount it was one way to kill off 90 minutes.
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The Tour not The Ride
We got this with the New York Pass. Was thankful we did not pay for this as it was ok, but nothing special. Didn’t
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Cringe worthy
First impressions weren't great as the ride was late departing as the bus driver stood having a cigarette then ther
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The fun started the minute we got on the bus, an amazing and different experience. Fully interactive you couldn't h
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The ride
It was very funny and i like very much. The guides were very kind and friendly. And the shows in the street were my
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Key Details
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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