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Top Helicopter Tours In Philadelphia

September 20, 2013 8:00 AM

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Child playing at the Helicopter Museum

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Tour Philadelphia and surrounding areas from the skies to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the historic City of Brotherly Love. Soak in the magic of the city’s twinkling skyline by night or see the sights from above, including the Philadelphia Art Museum, Boat House Row, Penn’s Landing or the Battleship New Jersey. From an aerial sight-seeing jaunt over the city to the ultimate romantic sunset dinner for two, take in the spectacular views from the ultimate vantage point. With packages to fit a wide range of budgets and needs, check out these top companies for helicopter tours in the Philly area.

Philadelphia Air Charter
North Philadelphia Jet Center
11301 Norcom Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154
(267) 506-4487
www.philadelphiahelicoptersvc.com

With over 25 years serving the Philadelphia area, Philadelphia Air Charter operates out of the North Philadelphia Jet Center located at the Northeast Philadelphia Airport. Although Philadelphia Air Charter is not a helicopter tour company, it does offer airplane and helicopter charters of the city starting at $250 and $800 respectively. In addition, Philadelphia Air Charter provides customers with the option of escaping Philadelphia and traveling to a nearby city for sightseeing and dinner. The company flies to such nearby cities as New York, Washington D.C. and Atlantic City, and limousines are available to take you to your destination in the city (prices vary so call ahead). As if that wasn’t enough, Philadelphia Air Charter will help you organize your romantic evening by arranging dinner reservations at swanky restaurants, including the Fountain at the Four Seasons in Philadelphia, providing flowers onboard your flight and even champagne. If you are looking to pop the question or you are celebrating a special anniversary, be sure to check out Philadelphia Air Charter to make sure your loved one never forgets your special day.

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Sky River Helicopters
Cross Keys Airport
1531 N. Tuckahoe Road
Williamstown, NJ 08094
(908) 809-5942
www.skyriverhelicopters.com

From a tour of Philadelphia’s skyline from 1,500 feet up to an excursion to Atlantic City, Sky River Helicopters offers packages to fit a wide range of needs and budgets. Experience Philadelphia beginning with a flight along the Delaware River past the Philly skyline. See the Battleship New Jersey, the Philly Art Museum, Penn’s Landing and more. Feeling romantic? Sip on champagne as you experience the sunset and lights of Philadelphia shining in the night. Flights start at $375 for two.


Independence Helicopters

Northeast Philadelphia Airport
9800 Ashton Road

Philadelphia, PA 19114
(215) 673-0100
www.independenceheli.com

Headquartered at Northeast Philadelphia Airport, Independence Helicopters offers a wide variety of helicopter services, including flying lessons, aerial photography and specially designed tour packages. Enjoy your flying adventure over the Delaware River to view the Philadelphia skyline, or climb aboard for a romantic sunset or photography tour. Rides range from 30 minutes to two hours, beginning at $175 for a single passenger ride that lasts 30 minutes. Want to try your hand at piloting the helicopter? Independence Helicopters offers the “Demo Flight” package, beginning at $225 for a 20-minute ground and 30-minute air introductory lesson and flight.

Related: Top Flying Adventures in Philadelphia

Helicopter Flight Services
Flying W Airport
60 Fostertown Road
Medford, NJ 08055
(609) 265-0822
www.helicopterflightservices.com

Helicopter Flight Services offers a variety of lesson packages as well as sightseeing tours of New York City, Atlantic City and Philadelphia. Whether it’s a gift to someone interested in taking lessons or simply an experience that you’ll remember for a lifetime, a helicopter sightseeing tour is just the thing. A tour of the Philadelphia skyline and surrounding sights begins at $385 plus tax per hour with a two passenger/300-pound maximum limit. Helicopter Flight Services is located at the Flying W airport in Medford, New Jersey — just minutes from the Philadelphia area.

American Helicopter Museum and Education Center
1220 American Blvd.
West Chester, PA 19380
(610) 436-9600
www.americanhelicopter.museum

The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center located in West Chester, Pennsylvania serves the Philadelphia and surrounding area through exhibits, events, workshops and air shows that teach the principles of flight and honor aviation pioneers. On specially scheduled Saturdays throughout the year, the museum offers helicopter rides to the public. Experiential learning at its best, these rides are exciting but brief – approximately five minutes — and begin at $40 per person. Riders 12 and under are required to have a parent or guardian along. No reservations are needed and gift certificates are available for purchase in the museum’s gift shop.

Christy Ayala covers sports, recreation, the outdoors, and leisure activities in the Philadelphia area. She earned a masters degree in recreation administration from George Williams College and managed programs in the Midwest, Hawaii, and Pennsylvania. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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