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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Mandy M
Peel, United Kingdom
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed April 19, 2018 NEW
Not really a review as didn’t get to experience due to the Ride bus breaking down, we cued for 45minutes to be told the bus would not be able to operate, they did want to reschedule us but it was our last day so we were left very upset and dissapointed 😢!
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Phoenix, AZ
"Fun sightseeing tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 18, 2018 NEW
We had a great time on this tour! 14 family members (and we called out my FIL on his retirement). Lots of laughs interspersed with facts.
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
"This was a good way to see the city ."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 18, 2018 NEW
The ride was a great way to see around the city find some of the great views and places to see . The girls who took our tour was entertaing most the jokes was a bit cheesy some was funny . The street actors and dancers were fab it was fun trying to spot them but they was all very talented . Could of done with a few more . Over all very good 👍
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"The Bore..."
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed April 17, 2018 NEW
Not entertaining at all. Jokes were very immature and made fun of people passing by which was rude. The Ride was suggested by a tour guide that did not work for The Ride and his encouragement to join The Ride was very misleading. Tickets were purchased online and when it was realized that the NYPass was only eligible in person and it was immediately addressed, management had no sympathy and did not care. The Ride management even called the next day with a follow up to reiterate that they have a STRICT NO REFUND policy. It was just very rude and unsympathetic overall. Simple mistake. The NYPass book does NOT even say to ONLY purchase tickets at the box office. Very misleading and it just shows how money hungry the company is.
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High River, Canada
"Regular nyc tour with a few well planned distractions! For the pric"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed April 17, 2018 NEW
This is a City tour of time square attractions! Well planned extra attractions, but for the price it’s over rated? Glad we didn’t pay regular price as it’s not worth 69 us
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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.