The Downtown Experience in New York, NY

200 Water StreetNew York, NY 10038
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Overview

The Downtown Experience is a traveling multimedia historic adventure featuring virtual reality visualizations, expert tour guides, and so much more. Your tour vehicle features theater-style, side-facing seats with perfect views of NYC and top-of-the-line technology. Various stops along the tour are taken to the next level with virtual reality headsets. Experience NYC like never before!

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our New York Travel Experts
  • Tour duration: approx. 90 minutes.
  • Sites include Brooklyn Bridge, Governor’s Island, and the Statue of Liberty.
  • Uses virtual reality technology to provide first-hand experiences for guests.
  • A great NYC activity for ages 6 and up.

Description

from The Downtown Experience
EXPLORE HISTORIC DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN ON AN INSPIRING JOURNEY, ENHANCED WITH THE MAGIC OF VIRTUAL REALITY!

THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE Powered by THE RIDE is a brand new multimedia historical adventure exploring Downtown Manhattan’s most notable landmarks and neighborhoods. Featuring some of THE RIDE’s signature performance interludes and enhanced with the advanced technology of our partner Timelooper, THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE will be highlighted by the magic of Virtual Reality visualizations allowing visitors to travel back in time and relive iconic historical moments.

What to expect on THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE:

90-minute multimedia historic adventure of Downtown Manhattan
-Fun, original & informative music and videos that support our Storyteller guide’s deeply researched historical narrative
-Theatre-style, side facing seating & floor-to-ceiling glass windows with panoramic views
-Advanced audio/visual technology including 40 LCD TV screens showing footage of the landmarks and neighborhoods of Downtown Manhattan
-Enhanced with the magic of Virtual Reality that will lift your imagination out of your seat and through time!
-VR locations include the South Street Seaport, Ellis Island, Battery Park and City, China Town, Wall Street, Federal Hall & the Stock Exchange.
-Route features iconic landmarks such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Governor’s Island, New York Harbor & the Statue of Liberty, Battery Park, 9/11 Memorial, One World Trade Center and Observatory, City Hall and more!

The Downtown Experience departs from 200 Water Street in front of Starbucks and ends at South Street Seaport near Pier 15 and 16.

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muckley
"Good Fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 19, 2020 NEW
This was a good fun experience. Totally cheesy and corny. Was a good laugh but glad I booked as part of New York Pass as definitely not worth the money. Funniest part was others on the bus that just didn't get the humour. One to do if you have nothing else to do.
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FAnderson96
Perth, United Kingdom
"Really good!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 19, 2020 NEW
So good! Staff were nice and friendly, they Made the whole bus laugh were really funny. We got Jackie and Scott and they were really good! got to see loads whilst they made it fun. definitely recommend.
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stevewhitfield4
Liverpool, United Kingdom
"The ride"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 18, 2020 NEW
Thoroughly entertaining and informative. Felt like we were only on the ride for ten minutes as it passed so quick.
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emilyhfarmer
London, United Kingdom
"Different..."
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed January 17, 2020 NEW
Kind of expected a humorous but informative tour. What we actually got was a very forced/fake comedy show which was extremely staged. One of the tour guys was trying to fill in the facts whilst the other was very clearly trying to make his mark as the 'funny' comedian. All in all dissapointing, would have loved to give this a positive review but just wasn't impressed. Very glad this was free with the new york pass. Wouldn't have been happy if I'd have paid!
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melchiorBrandenburg
"Nice city ride"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 17, 2020 NEW
The bustrip was very nice through the center of Manhattan. The supporting actors outside were also very nice. The two actors inside the bus were funny but sometimes a bit overdone
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Downtown Experience

Where does the tour begin and end?
The Downtown Experience tour will depart from 200 Water Street in front of Starbucks and end at the South Street Seaport near Pier 15 & 16.

Please note there is no climate controlled area to wait for the bus during the boarding process. All guests must line up outside. Please dress appropriately.

How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 90 minutes long.

What NYC landmarks are included in the tour?
While on the tour, guests will see:

  • South Street Seaport
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Governor’s Island
  • Battery Park
  • New York Harbor plus Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty
  • Battery Park City
  • 9/11 Memorial
  • One World Trade Center & One World Observatory
  • China Town
  • Wall Street,
  • Federal Hall 

Can I hop on and hop off the bus?
No. The Downtown Experience is not a hop-on, hop-off tour.

Does the tour bus have seat belts?
No.

Are bathrooms available on the tour bus?
No.

Can I bring food and drinks onboard the bus?
No. Only bottled water is permitted on the tour. We recommend eating prior to or after your tour.

Does the tour operate rain or shine?
Yes. Tours are only canceled/rescheduled in the case of extreme weather that would prohibit the buses from running.

I’m prone to motion sickness. Should I participate in this tour?
The Downtown Experience buses do not travel at high speeds. However, the bus 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.

Is this tour appropriate for all ages?
While the content of the tour is appropriate for all ages, it is recommended that kids ages 6 and up enjoy the tour due to the virtual reality component.

Are the tour buses handicap accessible?
No. Guests must be able to ascend and descend stairs without assistance.