Sightseeing Helicopter Tour of Newport

Enjoy a Scenic Helicopter Tour Together of Newport's Famous Sights

Extended Newport Helicopter Tours (optional):
  • Newport Vineyard Tour Add a tour of Newport Vineyards to your experience and explore this local winery together after your helicopter ride! (Tours are offered daily at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM.)

    + $15 Total: $165
  • Bristol Tour Extend the length of your Helicopter Tour and enjoy a total of 18 minutes in the air as you soar above Bristol, Prudence Island, Roger Williams University, Mount Hope Bridge, the Lighthouses and Mansions, and the historic Colt State Park.

    + $40 Total: $190
  • Newport Island Tour Extend the length of your Tour and enjoy a total of 18 to 20 minutes in the air with views of the Mansions, Castle Hill, Rose Island lighthouses, the aircraft carriers USS Forrestal and Saratoga.

    + $70 Total: $220
  • Newport Lighthouse Tour Extend the length of your Tour and enjoy a total of 25 to 27 minutes in the air with views of the Mansions, Castle Hill, Rose Island lighthouses, the aircraft carriers and Beavertail Lighthouse in historic Jamestown.

    + $150 Total: $300
  • Newport Island Sunset Tour Extend the length of your Newport Tour and enjoy a total of 20 minutes in the air soaring above the Island at Sunset. This package also includes a an In-Flight Video of your flight to take home.

    + $200 Total: $350
  • Newport Bay Tour Extend the length of your Tour and fly approximately 60 miles! You will enjoy views of the mansions, lighthouses and your choice of either the West Bay or East Bay!

    + $230 Total: $380
  • Providence Tour Extend the length of your New England Helicopter Tour and enjoy a total of 40 minutes in the air as you fly from Newport to the Capital City and back.

    + $300 Total: $450

About This Experience

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Explore the coastline of Newport, Rhode Island via Helicopter during this scenic airborne adventure! You and your guest will enjoy Bird’s Eye views of New England and share in this memorable experience gift!

The fun begins at the Newport Airport. Here you and your guest will meet your friendly Pilot after you check-in for this sightseeing flight. Once you have been briefed on the safety aspects of riding in a helicopter, you will hop into the Robinson R44, strap yourself in, and put your headsets on. Next, it’s time for take-off! Your Pilot will fly you over the Island and throughout this 10 to 12 minute helicopter ride you will enjoy views of the breathtaking mansions that dot the shoreline including: Rosecliff, Marble House, The Elms, plus Hammersmith Farm and The Breakers!

As you fly above the shore, the Pilot will fill you in on the views below and provide a bit of background and history about this famous summer retreat. So whether you are looking for fun things to do in Newport or a unique New England gift, this Newport Helicopter Tour is the ticket!

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Where It's Located hide

  • Middletown, Rhode Island

Who Is Included hide

The Sightseeing Helicopter Tour of Newport Experience Gifts Certificate is valid for two participants.

One additional guest (for a total of three passengers) may be added to the reservation for an additional fee. The maximum combined weight limit of the passengers may not exceed 600 pounds, with a per seat limit of 300 pounds.

When It Is Offered hide

The Newport Helicopter Tours are offered up to five days per week, year-round, subject to availability. Flights take place between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

How Long Is It hide

The New England Helicopter Rides have a flight time of 10 to 12 minutes and a total duration of 45 minutes, unless an Extended Flight Option is selected.

Weather hide

The Helicopter Flights may be rescheduled by the pilot due to inclement weather conditions.

What To Wear hide

Dress comfortably, layers and flat rubber-soled athletic shoes are recommended for this aerial adventure.

Additional Information hide

The Flights take place in a Robinson R44. Participation is limited to individuals weighing less than 300lbs and the total weight of all passengers must be under 600lbs. Individuals who are pregnant, have broken bones or other physical conditions which are considered unsafe conditions are not eligible to participate.

Participants are required to sign a Liability Release Form prior to flight. If the participant is under the age of 18 a parent or guardian will need to sign the form prior to participation. All flights are subject to weight and balance limitations, as well as weather.

Gratuity for the Pilot is not included and may be extended following the flight.


Reservation Information hide

All changes to reservations for the Sightseeing Helicopter Tour of Newport Experience require seven (7) days advance notice.

Xperience Certificates® cannot be exchanged once a reservation for the experience has been made.


We had a lucky opportunity to talk to Birds Eye View Helicopters. This awesome company offer helicopter tours around Newport, Rhode Island. Birds Eye also specialize in aerial photography, giving tourists a chance to capture the beautiful and idyllic scenery through an expert lens. Read on for more information about the history of the company and all the exciting details of the experience.

Please can you tell us a little bit about the history of how Birds Eye View Helicopters began?

I earned my commercial helicopter license in 1988 and began to develop my aerial photography business photographing real estate, construction progress, and boats. In 1994 I earned my Flight Instructors license and began teaching 3 to 4 students a year with a leased Robinson R-22 Helicopter.

In 2000, I bought an existing helicopter business, based in Westport, MA with several contracts including “Deer Count” flights and many helicopter ride venues, air shows, festivals and fairs.  Over the next several years we have continued to expand Newport helicopter tours, showing both tourists and locals alike, the beautiful shorelines, the mansions of Newport and much more.

The other core part of our business is aerial photography. In addition to doing our own photography, we regularly fly other professionals and amateurs alike, covering everything from Breaking News to boat races and real estate activity. We are currently in our 15th season doing our scenic tours and have over 25 years specializing in aerial photography.

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Have you always had a passion for helicopters? Where did that passion stem from?

I took my first helicopter flight with my father at the age of 8 at the BIG E Fair, Springfield MA in a Bell – 47 (The “MASH” helicopter). I began flying regularly at the age of 14, with my Dad, and developed a tremendous love of flight. I received my private airplane license at age 17. My first helicopter lesson was in 1987. I immediately became obsessed with helicopter flight and all the exciting aspects of it; the unlimited freedoms of movement, exceptional visibility, slow and low flight all were intoxicating to me.

Helicopter flights look like an incredible experience! What is it about flying in helicopters that you enjoy the most?

Flying in helicopters allows me to fly lower and have greater visibility.  My favorite photo mission is capturing boats and regattas. The key to photographing a sail boat race is to get as close as possible so that you can get the right angle but to stay far enough away to not disturb the air going into the sails. Most of the time on these shoots we are flying only 100 feet over the water.

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That sounds so exciting! What makes your Helicopter flight experiences different for your customers?

We offer a variety of tours flying over one of the most beautiful coastlines in the country!  People visit Newport from around the world and our tours offer them the best view in a short amount of time.  We have a small helicopter, seating three passengers, which allows everyone to get a perfect view on their private tour. On our tours, everyone gets a window seat!

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Would you say your experiences are suitable for everyone? (EG. Do you often get people who have never flown in a helicopter before? Or is it mainly experienced fliers?)

Most of our passengers have never flown in a helicopter before and some have never been up in the air at all!  We have passengers of all ages fly with us and they all enjoy the adventure.  Everyone gets a headset and can talk to each other and the pilot.  After an easy take-off, the helicopter levels out and it’s a very smooth and relaxing experience. It’s similar to being in a car, just up a little higher.

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