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It’s been a week since I got home from New York City, but I’m stuck in a New York State of Mind. It was refreshing to get some time away by myself – albeit blog work time – and to take in the city for the first time on my own without Greg. We talked about safety and security before I left, and one thing I promised was not to be out roaming around at night. That’s why I was really excited when I found the best way to experience NYC at night – taking a tour with THE RIDE!
You might remember that last year the whole ‘lil Burghers family took THE TOUR – the tamer, more family-friendly daytime option with The Ride. This trip was similar in that it was on the same type of bus (a $1.5 million double-decker bus turned into an entertainment stage) and took us through some of the same sights, but I laughed probably 10x more on THE RIDE (probably due to the more adult-geared humor).
The Ride: The Best Way to Experience NYC at Night
Not saying I was nervous to walk the streets of New York, but I did want to listen to Greg. I was traveling with my friend Rachel (a fellow blogger) and as we’re both moms, we agreed that roaming the streets alone probably wasn’t a grand idea. Instead, we roamed the streets in a comfy seat with air-conditioning blowing on us!
We started our 75-minute journey just outside of Times Square on 42nd street as the sun was setting over the city. After we got introduced to our guides Jackie and Scott, we got to know “The Ride” a little better. (The bus is named THE RIDE.)
From our second-story street view, we got to experience the city above the hustle and bustle that started to take over. As the lights came up, the people came out! (We rode through Times Square twice and the first time it had just started to get crowded – but by the end of the ride it was jam packed!)
One of the skits we got to stop and watch was the ballerina – you’ve probably seen an ad for this experience with a dancer in daylight. But at night? Her skirt is lit up and she twirls around Columbus Circle. It was moving – and I’m not sure if it was the fact I finally was “relaxing”, but I cried!
Seeing Bryant Park, the Chyrsler Building, and the (in the distance) Freedom Tower lit up was pretty incredible, too!
Why Be Like a Tourist?
With over 61.8 million visitors a year (20.6 million of them coming to NYC between Thanksgiving and New Years), there’s definitely more than one reason to visit. Taking on tourist attractions like the highly entertaining THE RIDE can also be educational. (For instance, I found out that M&M’s world is the most visited Times Square shop.)
Because of attractions like The Ride, you get a chance to “see it all” without worrying if you’re walking the right direction or putting our trust in an Uber. Who wants to celebrate New Years in Times Square? (Ok, I do, secretly.) If you’d rather not be all crowded, you can experience that right here on The Ride!
And you never know when you will become part of the show – Rachel and I got a rap shout-out during one of the stops!
Know Before You Go
Here are some logistics to keep in mind:
- The Ride is for ages 6+. If you have little ones, take The Tour!
- The Ride has daytime and evening options. (The Tour is in the daytime.)
- Print your tickets at home or pick them up at a gift-shop about 2 blocks away about 30 minutes before your trip starts (or earlier if you are in the area).
- You can’t take food or drink on The Ride (water is okay) and there is no restroom on the bus (or in the area where you get picked up unless you’re eating at a restaurant nearby).
- The Ride picks up and drops off at the same location.
- If you have motion sickness, be prepared that the bus has you sitting sideways to look out at the street. There are also windows above you and multiple lights/LED screens as “moving parts” of the show. (Or bring yourself some motion sickness meds!)
- You can buy tickets online or even package them up with some other NYC experiences.
- There are special holiday versions, too!
If I didn’t get you in a New York state of mind, maybe this last skit will help you make up your mind and check it out!
Have you been to NYC? What was your favorite thing to do? Did you take The Ride?