About The Ride
With more than 8 million residents, there’s no shortage of excitement or drama on the streets of New York City. There’s singing and dancing, heartbreak and romancing, and millions of dreamersall trying to “be a part of it, New York, New York” … and that’s just on one block! The Ride’s one of a kind tour bus, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, stadium seating, surround sound and interactive street theater means you won’t miss a minute – or an inch – of the drama … because,on this tour, you’ll “be a part of it,” too!
Launched in fall 2010, The Ride combines sightseeing, entertainment and hilarious people-watching in one fun, party-style ride. Lively hosts offer tips, tidbits and video clips about Midtown’s top attractions along the way, which include Times Square, Grand Central Terminal, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, The Chrysler Building, Columbus Circle, Central Park and the Theater District.
The state-of-the-art bus– described as “the hottest new way to see New York” by NBC’s Today show – is unlike any other bus, or tour, in town. For one, at 45-feet long and 14-feet tall, it’sthe largest vehicle allowed by law. Also, instead of facing the front of the bus like traditional tours, the custom-designed (and nicely cushioned) stadium seating places its 49 passengers facing the transparent side of the bus; this allows for panoramic views of the city streets and for views from the city streets into the bus, too.When The Ride’s 40 TV screens and thousands of LED lightsare illuminated, and its club-quality sound system is booming, the bus– and its smiling, waving passengers–is as much a part of the action as the city around it.
As well as the unscripted dramas of everyday New York City life, some of The Ride’s biggest laughs come from the on-street entertainers strategically placed along the route, like a break dancer who rips his shirt off, a rapper who freestyles about passersby and a gentleman who tap dances near puzzled onlookers. Add comedic hosts working their improve skills with tour participants and people on the street and lots of spontaneous moments where unassuming passersby interact with the tour, and you have a truly unique New-York-City experience.
75 minutes (may be a bit longer depending on traffic)
Did you know?
In summer 2012, The Ride debuted The Fazzino Ride, a themed ride presenting the city through the eyes of 3D pop artist, Charles Fazzino. The tour included a motor coach covered in Fazzino’s colorful paintings of Manhattan and videos that paired fun facts with his famous New York City paintings. Plans are in place to launch other fun themed rides in the near future.
Visitors and New York City locals alike will get a kick out of this innovative bus tour experience. Even if you walk through Midtown Manhattan on a daily basis, The Ride presents the city and its unpredictable citizens in a fascinating, fun way. Young and old will enjoy seeing the city from The Ride's comfortable seating and wall-to-ceiling windows.
Good for kids?
The Ride is suitable for children ages 6 and older, but parents should remember that the New York City streets are unpredictable and inappropriate behavior might occur. Kids will especially enjoy the music, lights, the silly hosts and entertainers, the prizes and fun New York City facts. Kids will also just love waving at New Yorkers along the way!
The Ride Details
The Ride offers comfortable seating in a climate-controlled environment. There are no bathrooms on the buses.
A, C, E to 42nd St./Port Authority (8thAve.); N, Q, R, S, 7 to Times Sq./42nd St.
234 W. 42nd St. in the lobby of Madame Tussauds Wax Museum between 7th and 8th Avenues