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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mdaliahamed
Framingham, Massachusetts
"Awesome Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 19, 2018 NEW
It gives me feeling like tv shows. Awesome experience particularly the Columbus circle dance. Though it is scripted but it gives me opportunity to experience lots of street performance which we usually watch in movies.
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Heather M
"Entertaining Enough"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 19, 2018 NEW
It was enjoyable, but it felt more like a comedy club on a bus rather than a tour of the city. I didn’t really get a good feel of the city, and seemed like we we’re driving around in circles. I guess it just wasn’t exactly what I expected.
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renezflores
Queretaro City, Mexico
"So much fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 18, 2018 NEW
It was a very good experience with very funny hosts! I would certainly recommend it. However, it was somehow difficult to contact the staff from The Ride since we had the old address at 584 8th st between 38th and 39th.
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raelenesteger69
Rockhampton, Australia
"The Ride.."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 18, 2018 NEW
Well worth experiencing this on any trip to New York City!! Something different from any other bus commentary you can experience as a tourist!! Very entertaining!!
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Elizabeth R
"So fun but so hot...."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 18, 2018 NEW
The ride is described as “climate controlled.” It was sooo hot in that bus!! They gotta figure that out. It would’ve been great were it not for that.
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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.