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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nenaplz
Cancun, Mexico
"Funny and entertaining"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 03, 2020
The tour is super convenient if you are in a rush and want to see more about midtown Manhattan if you don't have that much time. The tour guys are supper funny.
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Teresa T
"Awesome experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 24, 2020
The kids and I enjoyed The Ride experience thouroughly. During the rest of the time walking around on the streets of NYC, the kids would constantly point out all the Duane Reade stores and say, "Oh, look! It's the last Duane Reade Store because they got bought out by Walgreens" It made for a fun time for us even during the COVID-19 crisis when everything was shutting down. We're so glad we were able to do the tour before it shut down.
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Teriann O
"NYC shut down, but did enjoy the Ride"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 24, 2020
My 13 year old daugther and I were in NYC March 12-14 (we left early). Everything was closed because of the COVID-19 pandeminic, except for The Ride. This was the only bright spot of our trip, and I thank the team for keeping open at least that one day. It was awesome! We are coming back in November to finish our trip, and will definately do another of their tours.
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Sebastián B
Barcelona, Spain
"really cool"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 23, 2020
it was a really fun experience, we did it because it was included in our new york pass and it was so much fun, cool hosts, nice performances on the streets of new york!! even my girlfriend that was not that fluent in english enjoyed a lot! , highly recommended
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hemihoney08
Stuart, Virginia
"Great way to see the City"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 21, 2020
It's hard to share how fun The Ride is without spoiling the surprises. Lots of laughed, great NYC performances, tour of the City without walking 10 miles
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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.