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Itinerary
  • 90-minute multimedia historic adventure past Downtown Manhattan locations and iconic landmarks including South Street Seaport, Brooklyn Bridge, Battery Park, 9/11 Memorial, China Town, Wall street and One World Observatory 
  • Fun, original & informative music and videos that support guide's deeply researched narrative
  • Theater-style, side facing seating & floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views
  • Advanced audio/visual technology including 40 LCD TV screens showing footage of Downtown Manhattan
  • VR moments that will lift your imagination out of your seat as you participate in George Washington's Inaugural, Experience Black Tuesday 1929, fly to the astounding view of One World Observatory, endure an immigrants passage across the sea and more! 
Locations visited
The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum
One World Observatory
Brooklyn Bridge
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Overview
See Downtown Manhattan from a rare perspective on a bus tour that includes state–of–the–art virtual reality technology. As you cruise past top landmarks, your goggles take you back in time to important historical moments, from George Washington’s inauguration to Black Tuesday. When you’re not immersed in the VR scenes, your guide provides little–known facts about points of interest on the itinerary, including the Brooklyn Bridge, Chinatown, and One World Trade.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Missed the bus

We bought the New York Pass and we have good expectations about this attraction. However, when we had the meeting, the picking up point in the new york pass an google maps was in Time Square. The booking notification had another location, that's why we...More

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TheRideNYC, Manager at The Ride, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

When you reserved your reservation with us you clicked the box agreeing that if you didn't show up, you would be charged in full. We are a capacity restricted Attraction, and hold seats for specific departures for people. When they don't show up, they have...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Waste of time

We had the unfortunate mistake to book this during a recent trip to NYC. Despite it being effectively free with the New York Pass, I still feel like it wasn't worth the money! The VR Gimmick was poorly executed and didn't add anything to the...More

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TheRideNYC, Manager at The Ride, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

This is probably the most deeply researched tour in NYC, and you claim there were no details? The entire 90 minutes is non-stop facts about Lower Manhattan and the VR moments add a different layer to the story telling. Who wouldn't like boarding an Immigration...More

Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile
Fantastic

This was such a great experience. I was not prepared for a very touching part that made this attraction worth every penny. The guide was fantastic too. Lots of energy and interaction with the audience! So glad we did this!More

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TheRideNYC, Manager at The Ride, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2018

Thank you for your 5 star review of THE DOWNTOWN Experience. The worlds only VR experience on a bus. The 9/11 moment is perhaps the most emotional moment you will have on any tour in NYC. Thats how impactful it is with original lyrics and...More

Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile
Fantastic

What an experience! From the start to finish we enjoyed every part. The tour is very informative & fun with actors, VR and a huge side on bus view to travel through New York on. I would definitely recommend this and would book again if...More

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TheRideNYC, Manager at The Ride, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2018

Thank you for your 5 star review of THE DOWNTOWN Experience. The worlds only VR experience on a bus! It is wonderful reviews like this that make people excited to try us when they are in NYC. We are definitely the most innovative and exciting...More

Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile
Very boring

The tour guide was very good however the experience did not meet our expectations. We were expecting more street actors not just one and more virtual reality. Overall my family of five was very bored.More

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TheRideNYC, Manager at The Ride, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2018

Will never understand how anyone can say our experiences are boring. It sounds like you were looking for THE RIDE (many street entertainers) instead of THE DOWNTOWN Experience which has one ands 5 Virtual Reality moments. If you can tell us any other company in...More

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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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