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The Downtown Experience by THE RIDE tickets

Gate Prices Adult $49.00
Child (3-12) $49.00

Hop on board the 90-minute, Downtown Experience by THE RIDE, a multimedia historical adventure through downtown Manhattan complete with original, theatre-style music and videos that narrate the tour.

Part tour, part performance experience, you’ll get to see and learn about some of the most notable landmarks and neighborhoods on this unique, entertainment-focused tour – complete with virtual reality visualizations that enhance your view of the city and let you literally look into New York City’s past.

This custom-built bus/ traveling theater features stadium seating with panoramic views from the bus’ floor-to-ceiling windows.

Sights you’ll see along the way include:

  • South Street Seaport
  • Ellis Island
  • Battery Park and City
  • China Town
  • Wall Street
  • Federal Hall
  • The Stock Exchange
  • The Brooklyn Bridge
  • Governor’s Island
  • New York Harbor
  • Statue of Liberty
  • 9/11 Memorial
  • One World Trade Center
  • And More
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Getting In

On the day of your tour, arrive at the box office located at Hornblower Cruises on Pier 15 at South Street Seaport. Present your pass to The RIDE’s box office staff and tell them the name your reservation is under along with the date and time of your reservation. Box Office staff will then scan your pass and print out your tickets. Please arrive at the departure point at least 15 minutes early after you have redeemed your pass at the box office. Please do not arrive at the bus without your boarding pass.

Alternatively, walk-up tickets may be available without a reservation within 24 hours of tour time. Please check in at the box office on the day you would like to take The DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE to check availability.


Reservations are accepted. Refer to the website tour schedule for availability, then email at least 24 hours in advance with the following details:

  1. That you are making a reservation with New York City Explorer Pass for THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE.
  2. Date and time you would like to reserve. (Reservations will be accepted up until 24 hours of tour time. For tours within 24 hours of departure, please visit the box office for tickets)
  3. The number of tickets you would like to reserve.
  4. The name you would like the reservation to be under.
  5. Each pass number. Pass numbers are unique 12-digit codes located near the QR code on each pass. (Please note that if you do not show up or cancel your reservation, the admission will be deducted from your pass and will count as an attraction choice.)


Available year-round.

Box Office Hours: Daily, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Tour Hours: Daily, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm


Tours will be canceled for severe weather or mechanical issues.


This tour is for guests 6 years and older and includes live entertainment and the use of virtual reality headsets. Keeping the VR headset is not included with admission.


Box Office: At Hornblower Cruises on Pier 15 at South Street Seaport
Departure Point: 200 Water Street (just a 6 minute walk from the Box Office)
New York NY

Public Transportation

2, 3, 4, 5 , A, C or E trains to Fulton St. Walk southeast on Fulton St. to South St. Turn right onto South St. The box office is on the left, located inside Hornblower Cruises.

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