By: Paulanne Simmons
Want to get a taste of the Big Apple that’s delicious in a new and exciting way? Your best bet is to take The Tour. Conceived and produced by the same people who brought The Ride to New York City, The Tour gives sightseers a multi-media, immersive experience, thanks to 123 miles of electric wiring, 4,100 LED lights and state-of-the-art special effects.
The Tour bus is outfitted with stadium style seating facing a huge glass windows, perfect for people-watching and picture-taking. The bus has its own opinions and interacts occasionally with the official Tour Guide. It also has a screen that enhances the trip with videos of King Kong on top of the Empire State Building, concerts in Central Park or clips from West Side Story. The bus can even reproduce the sounds and jolting motions of the subway for those who want to know what it’s like to be a real New Yorker!
The tour guide is friendly, knowledgeable and funny. She jokes with everyone onboard the bus, and she waves to all those people on the street who wish they were on the bus. She knows the names of all the famous people who have lived in the Dakota, the price of a 1, 2 or 3-bedroom apartment in Hell’s Kitchen and why that section of Manhattan was given such a forbidding name. Best of all, she knows some facts that may surprise even a few seasoned New Yorkers.
The ride begins on 45th Street and Broadway, in the heart of the Theater District, turns into Eighth Avenue and begins its journey north past Lincoln Center, where the bus turns east on 72nd Street. East side highlights include a ride down Fifth Avenue, where Goldman Sachs and Tiffany & Co. sit close by St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which is a great example of spend and save. Turning onto 42 Street, the bus passes the Public Library, Bryant Park and the Knickerbocker Hotel, the birthplace of a great New Yorker – the martini.
The ride is 90-minutes long. But it may convince some people they want to stay in New York City forever.
The Tour departure three times daily, seven days a week, rom 45 Street and Broadway at 10:00 am, 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm, https:/Texperiencetheride.com/sightseeing-attractions/the-tour.