Take a Ride on The Ride – NYC

Posted on: December 21st, 2016 by
This post was sponsored by The Ride who provided us with passes. We appreciate their support of Jersey Family Fun that allows us to share with families family-friendly destinations we think your family may enjoy.

 

The Ride is a one-of-a-kind Manhattan experience. As we spent the day in New York, we only ever saw the motor coaches for The Ride from the back side, so it wasn’t until we boarded that we realized just how cool the interior design is. Each coach seats 49 riders sideways with a wall and ceiling of windows from which to view the sights of the city. Along with lots of windows, the interior also features 3,000 LED lights and 40 video screens.

 

As we boarded and sat down, our hosts greeted everyone and asked where they were from. They introduced themselves and “The Ride” (essentially the voice of the bus) and our tour started. We were on a 4:00 pm ride, and this was a great time of day. We started with some daylight left but eventually were able to enjoy the city and holiday lights. This was the Holiday Edition but The Ride runs year round.

 

Take a Ride on The Ride - NYC

 

Much of The Ride‘s appeal is the fun of people watching. And when you’re riding on a converted sideways-seated bus, you are as much an attraction to the people on the streets, as they are to you. As our ride began, we all practiced a special The Ride wave to give to people along the way. The speakers on the bus were set up so that often the people outside could hear the commentary by our hosts.

 

As we drove slowly through Times Square, a gentleman appeared and our hosts started talking to him. We quickly realized this was a planned meeting, one of many we would encounter. Along the way we encountered singers, rappers, instrumentalists, and dancers. All the performers were great and these encounters helped continue the holiday spirit that was evident throughout New York.

 

 The Ride- NYC

 

The Ride tour also included facts about buildings and places we passed. These facts included the history of buildings, architectural facts, and interesting stories about them. The facts and pictures of some of these places were often displayed on the video screens throughout the bus. After going on The Ride, I definitely want to visit some of the places to get a better and longer look at them.

 

After traveling around the city for about 75 minutes, we headed back to where we started. The grand finale of The Ride was a sing-a-long of New York, New York, with the words shown on the video screens. My 11 year old and I really enjoyed this experience. He was entertained by both the performers on the street, and our hosts who asked trivia questions, told jokes, and were just generally silly. I enjoyed the views of Manhattan and the facts and hints I picked up.

 

The Ride- NYC

 

The Ride departs from the corner of 42nd Street and 8th Avenue. Tickets can be purchased online or in person. You can purchase online tickets here or in person at 1200 6th Avenue at 47th Street, New York, NY 10036 from 10am to 4pm daily or inside The Gift Shop at 584 8th Avenue between 38th and 39th Streets from 9am to 9pm daily.

 

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Looking for more New York City experiences? If so, click over to see the rest of our Family Travel to New York City series. If not, click anyway! We may change your mind about New York City and all it has to offer!

 

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This post was sponsored by The Ride who provided us with passes. We appreciate their support of Jersey Family Fun that allows us to share with families family-friendly destinations we think your family may enjoy.

 

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