The RIDE - Entertainment Experience in New York, NY

The RideNew York, NY 10036
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Overview

Offered in New York City, THE RIDE features a 75-minute interactive tour and show, highlighting the best of midtown Manhattan and Times Square. Guests can enjoy riding in a multi-million-dollar custom-built vehicle, complete with trivia, karaoke, stadium-style seating, panoramic views, 3,000 LED lights, 40 plasma-screen TVs, floor-to-ceiling windows, state-of-the-art A/V technology and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our New York Travel Experts
  • See the best of Midtown Manhattan/Times Square.
  • 5-7 street performances.
  • 2 professional comedic hosts.
  • Floor-to-ceiling glass windows for sightseeing.
  • View Times Square, The Chrysler Building, Grand Central Station, Empire State Building and more.
  • 75-minute interactive tour.
  • Children under the age of 6 are not permitted on the bus.
  • Pick-up location: Corner of 42nd street and 8th Avenue.

Description

from The RIDE - Entertainment Experience
Touted as “The hottest way to see New York”, by The Today Show, New York City's newest groundbreaking theatrical experience comes to life in the heart of Times Square. Part tour. Part show. THE RIDE is a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience that turns the streets of New York into a stage.

With stadium seating, 40 monitors, 3000 LED lights, & surround sound, THE RIDE is the world's only moving theater. THE RIDE's ensemble cast of singers, dancers, musicians, actors, and comedians are discovered along a 75-minute journey through Times Square and midtown Manhattan. New York City's iconic landmarks unfold before your eyes as audience members face sideways out of floor-to-ceiling glass windows, delivering unparalleled panoramic and vertical views of Manhattan.

Dubbed, “A rock star sightseeing bus on steroids”, by the New York Post, THE RIDE is the only tour, attraction, or show that provides a fully tailored adventure for each performance. With surprises around every corner, audience members are left guessing who is a part of the show and who is just along for THE RIDE.

Boarding Location: 42nd Street and 8th Avenue. Must arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled performance time.

Tripster Customer Reviews

2 Reviews
Megan A.
20 Reviews
"Very Entertaining"
May 2016
This is a great experience. You sit on a bus with tiered seating that faces one direction. They take you on a 75 minute ride around Manhattan to see some interesting sites and talk about cool facts. You will have two tour guides, ours were very enthusiastic and fun... with a well played skit that keeps you on your toes. The street performers are great and overall I would say this is worth it.
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Tip: You check-in at Madame Tussads, located down the street from the bus departure area. Arrive 15 minutes early.

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Tripster Customer
14 Reviews
"So much fun."
May 2016
The Ride was so much fun with the performers and a great way to see New York. All around entertaining.
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Tip: Children under the age of 6 are not permitted on the bus. The tour takes approximately 75 minutes.

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DrBScotland
Abernethy, United Kingdom
"An entertaining and educational experience !"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 13, 2019 NEW
Great experience Great directions to meeting point.and well organised. The Ride Was fun entertaining and even educational ! A unique experience and would recommend doing it
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Jdm212
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
"Fun!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 12, 2019 NEW
An interesting and fun bus tour!! Creative!! Even with heavy traffic.. there was so much fun and happiness in the bus..
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shannon r
Phoenix, Arizona
"Not what we expected."
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed December 12, 2019 NEW
This was just not what we expected. Our guide was very nice, but did not have the interesting facts we expected. She constantly said she usually worked in tbe office and said that Central Park was not the largest park in the city....it was only the 5th largest. Really? We did.not.go on the normal tour route and didn't feel we really saw too much other than columbia circle the Dakota. We drove by Lincoln.center but too fast to teally see. It was just not.entertaining and it should be. It should have included more facts and insight.
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_dlhannah
Winnipeg, Canada
"A little overrated"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed December 12, 2019 NEW
The experience was so so- we went in the same circle three time and the information given to us was suspect. I know my New York history and was told to us was questionable at best. There were only four preformed and the first stop the performer was resting with his head down and had to be called by the men on the bus that we were here and he should be ready to preform. Not the best!
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Navigator486369
"Fun way to tour the city"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 12, 2019 NEW
Very fun & entertaining!! We enjoyed just sitting back & enjoying ‘The Ride’!! It was relaxing & unique way to tour NYC!!
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Frequently Asked Questions about The RIDE - Entertainment Experience

Where does THE RIDE pick up and drop off at?
THE RIDE picks up at the corner of 42nd street and 8th Avenue in front of Chevy’s Mexican Restaurant. Look for the bus, you can’t miss it.


Is THE RIDE kid-friendly? What ages are appropriate?
Children under the age of 6 are not permitted on the bus.  Please be advised that certain content may not be appropriate for children.


Are there any restrooms on the bus?
Sorry, there are no bathrooms on the bus.


Is food or drink allowed on the bus?
No, this is not permitted.


Does this operate in bad weather?
Yes, it still operates in all kinds of weather except for the occasional blizzard or hurricane.


How long is this tour around the city?
It takes about 75 minutes.


Can I hop on and off like other bus tours?
THE RIDE isn’t a typical bus tour through New York, it’s an entertainment experience that highlights Midtown Manhattan. So, hopping off would mean you’d miss the experience.


Are there seat belts on the bus?
There are no seat belts. We don’t go fast enough to warrant seat belts.


What if I’m prone to motion sickness?
We do not travel at high speeds. However, it does have the audience members facing sideways as we travel through New York City, so you can expect some repetitive starting and stopping that may affect some patrons.


What sights around NYC will we see?
Some interesting places are Times Square, The Chrysler Building, Grand Central Station, Bryant Park, NYC Main Branch of the Public Library, Empire State Building, 42nd street, Shubert Alley/Broadway theaters, 6th Avenue Skyscrapers, Carnegie Hall, Columbus Circle and Central Park.


What happens if the bus gets stuck in traffic?
If you get stuck in traffic consider it free entertainment. Our performers are handpicked from the worlds of stand-up and improv comedy and can turn even the most unexpected situations—traffic, weather, police motorcades—into hilarious moments.