HISTORY – REVOLUTION – EVOLUTION
THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE Powered by THE RIDE is a brand new multimedia 90-minute historical adventure exploring Downtown Manhattan’s most notable landmarks and neighborhoods. Enhanced with the advanced technology of our partner Timelooper, THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE with be highlighted by the magic of Virtual Reality allowing visitors to travel back in time and re-live iconic moments in history.
THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE Box Office is located at Pier 15, 78 South Street – Inside Hornblower Cruises & Events.
THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE – THE WORLD’S ONLY TRAVELING VIRTUAL REALITY THEATRE!
Using the same luxury buses as THE RIDE and THE TOUR, you’ll tour Downtown Manhattan in a completely new way on our multi-million dollar vehicles with theatre-style, side facing seating & floor-to-ceiling glass windows offering panoramic views!
THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE is the first sightseeing tour to incorporate a fully-integrated virtual reality experience!
Sit comfortably and enjoy fun, original and informative music and video pieces that support our Storyteller’s deeply researched historical narrative of Downtown Manhattan and it’s rich and diverse history from its earliest inhabitants to its rebirth and revitalization after September 11th, 2001.
See locations and iconic landmarks include South Street Seaport, Brooklyn Bridge, Governor’s Island, Battery Park, New York Harbor & Ellis Island, Battery Park City, One World Trade Center & One World Observatory, Wall Street and more!
At certain key moments throughout the journey, the storyteller will ask the audience to put on their virtual reality headsets. You’ll witness full- scale, 360 degree reenactments of some of New York City’s most iconic moments as if you’ve traveled back in time. Be among the first to experience this brand new show!
THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE is pleased to be partnering with Timelooper to incorporate virtual reality into this experiential entertainment initiative. TimeLooper is a location-based platform that enables people to re-live the most amazing moments from a location’s history via virtual reality delivered right on their smartphones. You can download the app in the Google Play or the App Store.
Below is an example of how TimeLooper takes you back in time at Federal Hall, where George Washington was inaugurated on April 30, 1789. Just one of many VR moments you’ll experience aboard THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE.