The Downtown Experience in New York, NY

Pier 15, South Street SeaportNew 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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Инара М
New York City, New York
"The Downtown Experience."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 18, 2017 NEW
Amazing The Downtown Experience. Great job guys. So interesting and relaxing and fun!!! Thanks to everyone in this crew
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leonah457
Tullibody
"A must for first timers to NYC"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 18, 2017 NEW
Entertaining and informative just so much fun. First night we went on this and is a great way to see highlights of this wonderful city.
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tamii598
"informative"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 18, 2017 NEW
Our guide Rory was the best - not only knows she everything about NY, she is funny and energetic. Thanks again for all inside infos!
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patricks201
Wasaga Beach, Canada
"The best way to see New York"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 18, 2017 NEW
This is the best way to tour New York. A state of the art million dollar bus with great seating. There are no bad seats. A knowledgeable guide with a sense of humour,and you cover all the main attractions and buildings.
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F7870GDchristophers
Los Angeles, California
"Super Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2017 NEW
Very nice experience. Good location, well organized (a little late, but it's drag queens calm down please). The hostest brought the mostest in every way, very friendly and engaging. The bus went EVERYWHERE in NYC. We were mostly focused on what was happening in the bus but I'm from NYC and it was all over if you cared to view. Each of the shows was superb, and a great fake random "event". Very talented at each stop. VERY TALENTED and entertaining. So talented there were crowds on the sidewalks to watch. Can only say that I would do this over and over, it was so much fun. Well organized, no pressure fun.
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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.