If you have ever walked the streets of Manhattan specifically around the Times Square area you probably have seen those large red double decker tour buses. You know the ones that are open on the top giving the riders great views of the city skyline as they drive around Manhattan. Now personally being a native New Yorker I have never been on one of these rides. I did however manage to check one of these buses out a couple of years ago during a trip to Ireland. I have to say they are a good way to see any city you are visiting and they allow you to hop on and hop off for the day. Recently I found out about a new type of tour bus that goes around Manhattan. It is called “The Ride” and it bills itself as part tour, part show, and total entertainment.
“The Ride” is a tricked out tour bus with stadium style seating that face one side of the street. My family and I had the pleasure of experiencing “The Ride” this past weekend, when we went into Manhattan to celebrate my mother’s birthday. We were first given a tour of the bus and all of its cool features.
The bus is a very modern and all tricked out inside with led lights, TV monitors, and a booming sound system. There are windows from the floor all the way up the ceiling. So you pretty much have a panoramic view of the city. As I mentioned earlier the seating is stadium style so no matter where you sit you are guaranteed an excellent view.
Before “The Ride” began we were all seated on the bus with a mixed group of native New Yorkers and tourists. Our hosts, Scott and Jackie, got the crowd warmed up before we headed out on our journey. They were both like jacked up comedians/tour guides/MC’s. Scott and Jackie really added a great dimension to “The Ride”. There humor, wit, and insight about NYC really made the tour. Okay I’m getting ahead of myself. So the tour began as the bus headed out into traffic on 8th avenue. It was slow going at first but Jackie and Scott helped keep us entertained with their wonderfully sarcastic remarks about the Port Authority Bus Station.
After we got off of 8th avenue we were treated to our first surprise. Seemingly out of nowhere there was a girl on the sidewalk who was interacting with the bus. “The Ride” was playing some music and this girl just started doing a dance routine right there on the busy sidewalk. The best part of this was watching the reactions or non-reactions of the people she passed. Several people stopped to watch and take photographs.
Other people (most likely native New Yorkers) just walked right by barely looking up. I’m pretty sure you could walk down any Manhattan street in your birthday suit and most people wouldn’t bat an eyelash. After watching the dance routine Jackie messed around a bit with some guys who were cleaning the windows on a building. I tell you it was weird because you get this feeling that the people on the street cant see you but in reality they can.
Many times during “The Ride”, we all waved to people on the sidewalk. Most happily waved back. Some took pictures and had huge smiles on their faces as they pointed and waved. I guess “The Ride” has been building up quite the reputation for himself. I for one felt like I was the center of everyone’s attention, almost celebrity like. You can’t help feeling important riding on such a cool looking tour bus. Especially since we attract so much attention from people on the street. For those seeing the bus for the first time it must look like a traveling movie theater or stadium, with the street as a type of living movie screen.
As we continued our tour, Jackie, Scott, and “The Ride” did a great job of pointing out the different buildings around Manhattan and their histories. We also got to play some cool NYC trivia games. “The Ride” lasted a little bit longer than an hour and was well worth it. I could tell you about everything that happened on “The Ride”, but I don’t want to ruin the experience for all of you, so I will just share one more video. As my experience came to an end, I say thank you, “the Ride” for showing me New York in an awesome different way, but we can’t leave without the big finish.
Overall if you are looking for a really fantastic once in a lifetime unique experience you should definitely check out “The Ride”. Trust me you will have lots of laughs, and plenty of “Aha” and “Oh, Yeah” moments to enjoy with your family.
Disclosure: The Ride provided me with complimentary tickets to experience the ride and to post about my experience. No compensation was received.
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