A helicopter tour can let you take in many of New York City’s historic sites and gain a unique perspective that you cannot get from a traditional bus tour. If this will be your first helicopter tour, there are some things you should do to prepare.
The first step is to do some research and decide what you want to see. Helicopter Flight Services offers several helicopter tour packages. They include different sites and vary in terms of price. All of the packages will take you past many of the same landmarks, but more expensive packages will cover a larger area and allow you to see more of the city and the surrounding area.
Once you have decided on a tour package, call or email to make a reservation. Helicopter tours are popular for tourists, and spaces fill up fast. Book your reservation as early as possible to be sure that you and everyone else who is traveling with you will get a seat. If you are planning a lengthy stay in New York, it is a good idea to schedule your tour early in the trip so that you will be able to reschedule if bad weather forces your flight to be canceled.
Dress appropriately for your helicopter tour. Wear long pants and a light jacket in the spring or fall. If you are taking a tour in the winter, wear a coat, hat, and gloves. Do not wear any loose clothing or jewelry, sandals, or flip flops, and do not bring a purse, backpack, luggage, keys, or cell phone.
Arrive at the heliport early to check in. Tours leave promptly, and if you are late you might have to reschedule. Getting to the heliport on time and being prepared can ensure that you will get the most out of your helicopter tour of New York.