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Overview

The Ride is a unique interactive, multimedia experiential tour of New York City that offers a new way of seeing and experiencing the sights, presenting the city streets themselves as the stage to a theatrical event. The landmarks and sights of Manhattan become the backdrops and settings, blurring the line between sightseeing and performance. It’s part tour, part show, and totally entertaining.

The Ride takes place in a multi-million dollar motor coach customized for this particular experience, with floor to ceiling glass windows and stadium seating all facing the same direction. So no more spending the entire bus tour straining to look over your shoulder to see the buildings passing by, and no need to worry about the taller tourists getting good seats first. All the seating inside The Ride is amazing, and offer unobstructed views of the surrounding city.

On The Ride, two award-winning guides will take you across the city, past Times Square, The Chrysler Building, Grand Central Station, The Empire Sate Building, 42nd Street, Shubert Alley, Broadway, Carnegie Hall, Columbus Circle, Central Park, Fifth Ave, and more, all the while giving you the sorts of details and stories that even the locals don’t know. But perhaps the most exciting aspects of The Ride are the street performers. During the tour, you’ll get to experience some of the best performers New York has to offer, seeming to appear right out of the crowd and presenting a performance for The Ride right there, on the streets. It’s a completely new type of experience, part tour bus and part traveling theater.



Why Go?

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A totally unique and new way to experience New York that’s part tour and part theatrical event.

The Ride is a new concept, mixing the educational side of a sightseeing trip with the entertainment side of a theatrical performance. Two guides, both skilled improvisational artists, offer amusing anecdotes of the city as well as its history, giving you two sides of what Manhattan has to offer. Laugh and learn as you make your way around some of the most iconic landmarks in the world.

During the tour, there are a variety of artists who emerge from the crowds to perform in front of The Ride and its riders. Performances range from Hip-hop dancers and freestyle rappers to classically trained ballet dancers between the fountains of Columbus Circle. It’s impossible to know when and where you’ll spot them, but you’ll definitely be delighted by the surprise of the show. It’s quite impressive what The Ride manages to pack into just 75 minutes, and you’ll be amazed at all the different sights you’ll see and the events you’ll experience. You’ll come away from the tour with a real appreciation of the Big Apple, seeing a side of the city that few get to. It’s an experience that is decidedly unique, and, more than anything, you’ll leave having truly enjoyed yourself. Of course, that 75 minutes is based on ideal traffic, and traffic in New York city is always a little unpredictable. So what if you get into some traffic? Well, the performers and guides come from the world of standup comedy and improv, and can turn even the most mundane of events into hilarious moments you’ll be relaying to friends back home. You might even look forward to being held up by a police motorcade.



Additional Information

  • Running time: About 75 minutes.
  • The Ride is great for kids 6 and up. But remember, anything can happen on the streets of New York, so certain content may not be appropriate for younger riders.
  • The Ride is not currently handicapped accessible. They’re working on building a vehicle that can accommodate those with disabilities and hope to add it to the fleet in September 2011.
  • There are no bathrooms on the bus.


Address

Location
584 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10018