The New York Sky Ride is a virtual tour simulator. It is really interesting because you take a virtual tour of the Big Apple! The Sky Ride is located on the Empire State Building’s second floor and Kevin Bacon narrates the tour. This digital virtual tour is really cool because visitors can truly tour the entire city in much less time and with much less effort than doing so on foot or in a cab!
The Sky Ride uses flight simulation that allows visitors to literally “fly” over approximately 30 different sites in this great city. People can visit New York and see all the “must sees” without having to actually spend their entire vacation sightseeing. In addition to the Sky Ride there are also two other shows played. One is a seven-minute program that discusses the history of the Empire State Building. The other is a seven-minute presentation on the “Top 10 Things to do in New York.”
This is a perfect stop for visitors to New York who want to tour the Empire State Building and would like to see some of the other hotspots in New York without necessarily having to tour them all!
The New York Skyride is open from 8 am until 10 pm every day of the year. There is a shorter schedule for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. The entire Skyride presentation takes about a half an hour so visitors can easily budget their time to include this show. Tickets are for sale at the New York Skyride Box Office or may be purchased online at a discount.
Combo tickets for the Empire State Building Observatory and the New York Skyride are available for purchase. It is recommended to view the New York Skyride show first so when you reach the Observatory you will recognize the city and the landmarks you are seeing!