The planned redevelopment includes several World Center tower buildings, a memorial museum, and landscaped plaza. The original footprints of the two former World Trade Center towers will be preserved as reflecting pools.
Whether you take a walking tour, drop into the nearby Ground Zero Museum Workshop or view the tributes on nearby Church Street, a visit to Ground Zero is an emotional, numbing experience that's not soon forgotten. It's a site for reflection and respect rather than snapping photographs.
Our tour guide, Annie from Sam's tours, was excellent. She knew the facts but better than that, had personal experiences to share about the events on 9/11. The tour itself through St. Paul's Chapel and then the World Trade Centre site, was emotional but presented in a factual way. It was actually uplifting, especially to hear the stories of how people helped other people. The only disappointment was that we didn't get to see the memorial; there had been a fierce wind and rain storm and the memorial closed early. However, we felt we had learned a great deal about the attack and its aftermath, and we had seen the small memorials in the Chapel. I would recommend this tour for anyone.
Review by Denise K, May 2013
Doing what: New York Harbor Hop-on Hop-off Cruise including 9/11 Memorial Ticket
Excellent. Catamaran was comfortable - guide was excellent and informative. Kept to their schedule. Dropped off close to 9/11 memorial which was a sobering experience. Offered plenty photo opportunities to see the Statue of Liberty. Incredible value for money and an excellent way of seeing New York.
Review by Carol A. L, May 2013
Doing what: Walking Tour of Ground Zero with Optional 9/11 Memorial Admission
The tour would not have been so meaningful without our guide who was there on 9/11. I can't imagine taking the tour without visiting the Memorial and think that being in the group made entry into the Memorial faster/easier.
Ground Zero is in Lower Manhattan, bound by Vesey Street, West Street, Liberty Street and Church Street. Ground Zero has a subway and PATH train station, and you can also catch the subway to nearby Park Place or Chambers Street.