The Downtown Experience in New York, NY

200 Water StreetNew York, NY 10038
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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.


from The Downtown Experience

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.


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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Gina M
"Looking for a good time?!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 16, 2018 NEW
After seeing this bus drive through the streets of Manhattan I knew our family would NEED to take a ride! The bus gives you a brief tour of Manhattan and is more entertaining than informative, but at our point in the trip that is exactly what we needed!! If I had any complaints it would be that the bus appeared in need of a good washing (the windows were grimy and dirty) and some of the internal lights weren't in working order which lessened it coolness factor (but only by a little!). If you are celebrating a special occasion it's WELL WORTH THE MONEY to have your/your loved ones name belted out by one of the street performers while on the Ride -- the rapper was especially talented! My boys are aged 9 and 12 and *most* of the entertainment was age-appropriate (and if it wasn't, it went right over their heads). Take a trip on THE RIDE!!!
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South Yorkshire
"Try The Ride"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 16, 2018 NEW
This is such a fun experience...from the talking bus, the onboard hosts & to the various characters you meet on the street during your tour. The time passes too quickly.Informative (some of it true) & so much fun.Note- you don't need to pay extra for front row seats- you get a great view wherever you sit...take The Ride & Enjoy!
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Elliot P
Watford, United Kingdom
"A great way to kick off your visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 16, 2018 NEW
A well rounded tour of the city with charismatic hosts and a somewhat cheesy personality for the bus (playing another part of the tour guide tea). Well recommended to kick start the city break.
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Bristol, United Kingdom
"Great fun! One of the best excursions"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 16, 2018 NEW
We had a great time in New york, and this was one of the reasons. The ride was unexpectedly entertaining, a great way to see the city at night, enjoy live entertainment from talented performers and the hosts were albeit cheesy but hilarious! Great time, would definitely recommend!
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Torsten H
Düsseldorf, Germany
"Loud and Childish, not really entertaining."
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed October 15, 2018 NEW
Extremely load, not even a bit of funny. Hard to hear what they say. Not worth the time. Maybe it is funny for children or someone under the age of 15. Horrible!
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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?

Are bathrooms available on the tour bus?

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.