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The Ride

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Delightful, Educational
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Critics
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4 reviews
Members
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21 reviews
 

In this unique interactive experience, comedy hosts welcome audiences aboard a bus-turned-moving theater, which navigates a 75-minute ride through Midtown Manhattan.

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'The Ride' takes place in motor coaches with floor-to-ceiling glass windows and stadium-style seating. They are fully loaded with audio, video, and wireless technology to amp up what’s happening on board while keeping audiences connected to what’s going on outside. From performers to passers-by, 'The Ride' interacts with everyone and everything it rolls by. The hosts are trained in improvisation so that each performance is fresh depending on what’s happening on the street that day. 'The Ride' also features pop-up presentations along the 4.2-mile route by an ensemble of professional actors, singers, dancers, and instrumentalists.

 
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Reviews (25)

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New York Daily News

“Even if you know the city, you haven't seen it from this panoramic view…The scripted commentary is easygoing and friendly, though sometimes the guides' chirpy banter feels a little forced. When it does, it's best to ignore them and keep your eyes focused on the city. What makes ‘The Ride’ unique are street performers positioned strategically along the bus route who get in on the action…The moments are surprisingly charming.” Full Review

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The New York Times

"As a tour, 'The Ride' was least successful...The finest moments had nothing to do with the city’s dazzling stage sets—its buildings and avenues—but with the great crowds found within them, which is why 'The Ride' is best taken when the streets are packed...'The Ride,' then, begins in pure silliness, much of it not too funny, but when that suited tap-dancer finishes his bit, the tour takes on a cinematic aura. This is, after all, how so many movies and Broadway shows work." Full Review

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Hollywood Life

“If you’re looking for a fresh way to see New York City without doing a regular old bus tour, then this is the experience for you. ‘The Ride’ is the most entertaining sightseeing tour around!...A super-fun tour filled with interactive performances, trivia, comedy, and more…It’s a must-do in the Big Apple!...Hilarious. It was an awesome time overall, and definitely a change from the norm!” Full Review

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Out With The Kids

“I gotta admit that this high-tech, very air-conditioned tour looked to be quite fun. And, well, it was that. And quite a bit more…This is not a cattle herd production like other tours, but rather a front-row seat to a series of intimate performances in the most active and intense city in the country. The contrast is stunning, the theatrics nothing short of delightful–even for this jaded non-tourist…In a city full of entertainment options, there is nothing quite like this.” Full Review

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79
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92
Funny, Must see, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you want to see something different, make a very funny tour in a bus around Broadway and its surroundings.

Don't see it if you are not in the mood to be one hour and a half in a bus full of tourists visiting New York and watching important streets and landmarks.

Also "The Ride" is worth it, original, immersive, you can take great street... Read more Read less

72
Slow, Entertaining, Informative, Educational

See it if You are new to NYC or want a refresher course - history of lower Manhattan. Somewhat Entertaining & amusing. TheRide-Downtown Experience.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy views of scaffolding and slow moving traffic.

75
Funny, Quirky, Refreshing, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you have out of town visitors. Seeing the reactions of the people on the streets to the performers while being told about NYC needs a group

Don't see it if you do not enjoy unredeemed silliness and bad jokes. You will not be happy sitting on a bus with moderators pretending to be guides.

75
Funny, Clever, Cliched, Informative, Unique

See it if a group of friends want to hang-out & enjoy NYC in a new & refreshing manner. Bit touristy, albeit informative, but we DID have a good time.

Don't see it if you don't have friends to chill & laugh with. It was a total goof, silly innocent fun. We are SO looking forward to the DRAG-SHOW version.

96
Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Fun, Unique

See it if You want to be entertained in a unique way in a moving vehicle and or your bored with traditional tours.

Don't see it if You get motion sickness and/or you do not want to be entertained in a moving vehicle.

86
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you want a family friendly show

Don't see it if you don't want a family friendly show

90
Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy being a tourist in NYC for a little bit, and want a surprise or two.

Don't see it if You get carsick.

84
Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if fun things

Don't see it if you don't like NYC

70
Clever, Entertaining

See it if you have friends in town that want to do a bus tour, but you're not 100% into the idea

Don't see it if You want to relax and do your New York tour on your own time.

Also I thought that this was a really refreshing take on the bus tour. It w... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Entertaining

See it if You are a tourist, with a tourist, or want to learn more about your own city of ny.

Don't see it if You dont like loud music or interactivity.

82
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Educational

See it if You enjoy learning while being entertained.

Don't see it if You suffer motion sickness while riding a bus, especially sideways.

53
Funny, Ambitious, Overrated, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You are with a friend who wants to do sight seeing quickly.

Don't see it if You are a real newyorker and love theater. It's not gonna entertain you enough.

61
Funny

See it if you have visitors to the city.

Don't see it if are expecting a long tour.

90
Funny, Clever, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you like to be entertained

Don't see it if you are not into seeing shows as it has that same showy vibe

70
Clever, Entertaining

See it if you have out-of-town guests.

Don't see it if you’re going on your own.

85
Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You want a non traditional bus tour. Funny tour operator. Unique bus seat setting.

Don't see it if You want to see more of the usual bus tour.

63
Overrated, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if Get inexpensive tickets

Don't see it if Don't like bus rides

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Enjoyable, Unique, Educational

See it if want the best of both worlds - theater & city tour all rapped into one with great hosts

Don't see it if if you want to keep doing the same old regular things.

100
Clever, Great acting, Must see, Refreshing, Hilarious

See it if You want to see the city and be entertained at the same time. This is very creative... the actors were great!

Don't see it if There's no reason not to see this unless you get car sick.

75
Funny, Ambitious, Quirky, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you are showing tourists around the city. Entertaining for kids and teens. The staff works hard to make sure the audience has a good time

Don't see it if you are not a tourist or with a tourist.

82
Silly, Participatory, Unpredictable, Charmingly messy, Great customer service

See it if You have friends in town and you want to do something low effort/cheap that will provide hrs. of inside jokes and looking back laughing.

Don't see it if You are looking for a "show-show". This is more of an theme park ride meets site specific NYC meets comedy show meets randomness.

Also Look, this is a good investment of your time. Drink first and pretty d... Read more Read less