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Experience The Ride - A New York City Must Do



Being a New York transplant living in Colorado, this is one of my most frequent question. "What is there to do in New York City if I visit?". Over the Christmas holidays a few of my Facebook friends finally made it to the city and before we saw the pictures of them in my beloved city, it was also the one question that was asked. "What should I do, where should I go?". Well while I can tell you to go to the Empire State Building, take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry, go and visit the Statue of Liberty, I also have to tell you that you need to experience The Ride. What is The Ride you ask? Well it's more than a tour, it's an interactive experience that will not only stimulate your senses but give you a taste and view of New York City (NYC) that you've never seen before.


On the day that I Madison and I decided to experience The Ride, it was 29° in the city. Although I've lived in NYC for more than 1/2 of my life, I think living in Colorado has spoiled me. It was frigid and felt more like 2° that day. The Ride can be boarded on 42nd Street and 8th Ave, and we waited across the street at SeƱor Frog's Restaurant and Bar, which has a partnership with The Ride so that we could stay out of the cold. It's also a great way to get a few drinks or a quick snack on before boarding since it's recommended to be there 15 minutes before your bus arrives. They also leave on time. It's a NYC thing! Madison was bundled from head to toe but it didn't stop the party, and what a party it was when we finally got on board the "Ride Tour Bus". From the moment you board the bus it's non stop. The 2 "tour guides" were amazingly fun and kept us entertained for the 90 minutes or more that we were on board.


The Ride is definitely quite unlike any tour bus that you're going to experience in the city. You're talking floor to ceiling windows so no view is obstructed, Plasma TV screens with surround sound and a talking bus. Remember when we thought KITT from the Knight Rider was cool? Well KITT has nothing on The Ride! Our Ride Bus was a walking encyclopedia of everything NY and was told in such a way that not only teaches but entertains as well. While they do give the general "tour", showing you well known landmarks, there is also so much more to learn and it's all done theatre style. Where else can you see a businessman tap dancing in the street or meeting up with a ballet dancer at Columbus Circle and giving us front row seats to their amazing dance? Or even a street performer who happens to meet up with an amazing singer to sing a few show tunes?




All of your experience is timed perfectly so you don't miss a thing. It truly is an experience and one that you just have to do. The guides were hilarious and had us laughing non-stop and so did the bus. There truly engaged the riders by asking questions and then the bus gave us his expertise, which also had us rolling in our seats from laughter. You get front row seats to the Broadway District, Columbus Circle, Lincoln Center, Central Park, 5th Avenue, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, Empire State Building, 42nd Street, Bryant Park, New York Public Library and SO MUCH MORE!





It ended with us karaoke singing the New York song made famous by Frank Sinatra.

Start spreading the news, I'm leaving today.
I want to be a part of it, New York, New York.
These vagabond shoes, are longing to stray
Right through the very heart of it, New York, New York. 
I wanna wake up, In a city that doesn't sleep.
And find I'm king of the hill, top of the heap.
These little town blues, are melting away.
I'll make a brand new start of it, in old New York. 
If I can make it there,
I'll make it anywhere.
It's up to you, New York, New York.
New York, New York. 
I want to wake up, in a city that never sleeps.
And find I'm A-number-one, top of the list, king of the hill, A-number-1...  
These little town blues, are melting away.
I'm gonna make a brand new start of it,
In old New York, and...
If I can make it there, I'm gonna make it anywhere.
It's up to you, New York, New York!


The Ride is a one of a kind experience and totally something that I would encourage any visitor or even native New Yorker to experience. I'm happy that I was able to experience the Ride with Madison and she got to see the city that never sleeps like no other. So if you're in New York City, experience the Ride. It's a definite NYC must do!

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Annmarie John
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  1. OK--how come I never heard of this? I live just outside the city!!!!!! This sounds like something I would love to do (riding instead of walking while those cold winds whip around the corners) My Mom was born and raised in NYC but can't walk very well anymore--I bet she would love to go on this tour--42nd street and where? I'll go look!!

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    1. You can pick it up on 42nd and 8th Avenue. I'll have to edit to include that. You can also get your tickets online or in the Madame Tussauds NY center. You will surely enjoy it and it's more than just a tour.

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  2. Liked the contents of this post! No doubt NYC is called as Big Apple...So much to do...

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    1. There really is a LOT to do and the Ride is definitely something you must do.

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  3. When I get to visit NYC, I'll definitely take The Ride! I love that the glass windows are from floor to ceiling. I hope to have more buses like this in other cities as well.

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    1. Well since it's an interactive experience you get to see everything without missing out on anything.

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  4. This is one thing Scarlet and Cassidy didn't do! And I don't think I have either. Like you, I consider myself a New York native but I imagine I'd be like a tourist there now that I'm older.

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    1. I certainly felt that way when I went back. I didn't walk around with my camera every day but I sure felt like I was visiting and not at home at times.

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  5. NWC is no doubt one of the greatest city of the world,lucky you to send half of your life ther.Anyway nice post,enjoyed those lovely pics.keep sharing.

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    1. Thank you Debarpan. Yes I lived in NYC for most of my life and never thought that I would ever leave, but I still consider NYC home.

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  6. Ive seen The Ride going around the area but wasn't sure how much fun it was. From your recap it has lots to offer. Gotta check it out soon

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    1. You most certainly should. It was one of those once in a lifetime experience that you just have to do, whether you're a native New Yorker or a tourist.

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  7. thanks for sharing all the information, i have book marked for my next trip!

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  8. Awesome post here. Looks like you had a great time. I've never been on that ride but it sure looks like it's worth trying next time I'm in NYC. Thanks for sharing. Keep it up!

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    1. Oh the next time you visit NYC you most definitely need to give it a try.

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  9. How many minutes did it take to finish the route while you were riding The Ride? It seemed like an awesome experience seeing all those action in the streets!

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    1. I mentioned that it was a 90minute + experience and totally worth every penny that you spend.

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  10. I've never heard of The Ride but it looks like so much fun! We would love to visit NYC one of these days and will definitely have to check that out...thanks!

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    1. Oh Jess, you need to leave Florida one day and pay New York a visit. You don't know what you're missing.

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  11. This is really awesome. We went to New York many moons ago but I am not sure this was available. I would do it now.

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    1. It wasn't available if you went many moons ago. It's something fairly new and it was AMAZING!!

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  12. The Ride is something I'd totally do if I were in NYC. It's good to not miss on important spots whenever you're traveling.

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    1. Oh you'd definitely enjoy it and if you're ever in NYC I would say put it on your NYC must do.

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  13. What a fun ride. I will make sure I won't miss this when I visit New York.

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    1. I do hope you're able to make it if you ever visit NYC

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  14. NYC! NYC!
    Thanks for the informative post. Even though I'm thousands of miles away, new York still hovers as a dream city in my mind.

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    1. And I hope you get to visit one day. You'll love it!

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  15. New York. New York. The City where night has no ending. According to my Aunt living there, New York City is the city that has a never-ending change, new stores, new fashion always popping out to make a trend.

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    1. New York also known as the city that doesn't sleep and your aunt is definitely right..

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  16. I've been to NYC three times and still haven't seen everything that I want to see.

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    1. I lived in NYC and I still haven't seen everything either. Not sure if it's at all possible to do.

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  17. Wow! This ride is highly recommended for tourist who loves to take a peek of NY.

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    1. Yes I very highly recommend it. If you're ever in NYC you need to take a "Ride".

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  18. We have done the typical Hop On Hop Off bus tours of NYC when we visited before. I think for our next visit, we should try your recommendation of The Bus for a different viewpoint and experience.

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    1. Those are quite fun too but I definitely recommend doing "The Ride" the next time you visit.

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  19. New York has always been awesome! It's so rich with culture and sights that will open your eyes to a new world! I haven't taken this tour yet and I sure would love to.

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    1. I totally agree. New York is great but New York City is simply amazing. It's like a whole new world.

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  20. new york is one of the places in my bucket list. but i think a week stay will never be enough.

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    1. I agree, a week will never be enough. With so much to do I would say nothing less than 2 weeks.

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  21. It sounds super fun! I'm definitely signing up for The Ride when I get to NY, some day!!

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    1. Hi Phylicia and if you don't you'll certainly be missing out on an experience of a lifetime.

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  22. So this is a must try when in New York? Okies, will try it when I go there one day! I think this will be good for people who have never visited New York and want to browse through every thing at once!

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    1. Oh it's not only for tourists but even for those New Yorkers who still haven't seen all that NY has to offer.

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  23. I would surely love touring via The Ride. There's not much obstruction as you go touring the city. It's also cool that they have really good guides.

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    1. Oh the guides are so much fun and keep you entertained throughout.

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  24. How about where should I go but will not make me broke? I wonder if I'll ever be able to go to New York someday. The Ride, I should remember this.

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    1. New York City has lot to do for everyone no matter your budget. The Ride surely won't make you broke. :)

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  25. Indeed going on a city tour bus ride, would give the overall feel of the city. Somehow I never feel like doing it coz I'm not much of a city lover!

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    1. And that's totally OK but if you're ever in NYC and decide you want to do it, then I say go for it!

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  26. One day... someday, i will be able to visit US and NY is on my bucket list. I will alwaya be a city lover yet I still enjoy the beauty of nature and the beach

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    1. You sound just like me. I love the city but I also love the beach. Guess what? NY has both!

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  27. Going to New York is on my bucket list. There seems to be so much to do there. This is just another thing I would add to my ever growing list.

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    1. Oh yes you most certainly need to visit NYC. That is one place that I seriously think should be on everyone's bucket list.

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  28. Agree, for first timer to New York I would suggest them to take The Ride that will take them tour the city and have an overview idea about NYC.

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    1. Remember it's not just a tour, it's a tour and entertainment. A win-win if you ask me.

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  29. New York City is on my travel list :) As several other cities and places in the US (I"m from Europe). This ride seems like a nice and unusual thing to do in the city (I didn't see it mentioned too often) so I'll definitely consider it!

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    1. Please do if you ever make it to NYC. It's really something I would recommend everyone doing.

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  30. I wish to be there Let my dreams come true

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    1. And I hope your dream do come true. NYC is amazing and so is the RIDE.

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