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  • Location: New York City, New York
  • Duration:  1.5 or 2.5 hours for the tour; allow 2-4 hours for the 9/11 Museum if option is selected
Gain a deeper understanding of the events surrounding the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and the acts of heroism that rallied a nation on this 1.5 hour walking tour of Ground Zero. A certified guide with a personal connection to the events shares firsthand stories as you explore the site of the former World Trade Center and the National 9/11 Memorial, where you can pay tribute to the lives lost. Choose to upgrade and add on a ticket to the 9/11 Museum to see artifacts associated with that fateful day.


  • Certified guided walking tour of Ground Zero and the 9/11 Memorial
  • Be captivated by first-hand stories of 9/11 from your guide, who has a personal connection with the event
  • Gain an understanding of the tragedy and heroism of that fateful day
  • Explore Manhattan’s Financial District including Wall Street, Federal Hall, the World Financial Center and the New York Stock Exchange
  • Upgrade to add admission to the 9/11 Museum to see artifacts associated with the events of 9/11

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Ground Zero is an essential stop on any first-time visit to New York. I suggest opting for the Museum admission ticket for a complete experience.

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What You Can Expect

9/11 Memorial and Ground Zero Walking Tour with Optional 9/11 Museum Upgrade

9/11 Memorial

Meet your guide at either St. Paul’s Chapel in the morning, or in front of the Stock Exchange for the extended tour, depending on which tour you select. Please note: You will not meet at the 9/11 Memorial or 9/11 Museum.

You'll visit St. Paul Chapel, New York City's oldest standing church. During the tragic days following the event, it served as a shelter for rescue workers to sleep and eat. The church experienced its own miracle on 9/11 when a fallen tree protected the building from the debris of the attacks. Take note of the iron fence on Broadway, which was plastered with missing posters of relatives.

Then, follow your guide to the 9/11 Memorial, where you’ll gain an understanding of the horrific events of 9/11. As you explore the site where the World Trade Center once stood, you’ll be captivated by real firsthand stories of 9/11 from your guide, who has a personal connection with that fateful day in New York City.

The 9/11 Memorial was built to honor the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. The names of every victim of the attack are inscribed in panels alongside twin reflecting pools, spanning nearly an acre with the largest man-made waterfalls in North America. You'll have until 6pm to explore the memorial on your own.

9/11 Museum Upgrade:
You can also upgrade to gain admission to the 9/11 Museum. Your guide will give a brief overview of what you can expect inside the museum, which opened in May 2014. The 9/11 Museum’s 110,000 square feet (10,219 square meters) of exhibition space is located within the archaeological heart of the World Trade Center site. The stories of the 1993 and 2001 bombings of the World Trade Center, and the people affected by the events, are told through multimedia displays, archives, narratives, and a collection of authentic artifacts. The monumental artifacts in the museum present the intimate stories of loss, compassion, reckoning, and recovery that are central to telling the story of the attacks and the aftermath.

Extended tour (3:15pm only):

This tour features additional background the Financial District which has been the target of other terrorist attacks from a recent plot to some as far back as 100 years ago. Your knowledgeable guide will lead you through Wall Street where you'll see such iconic sites as the New York Stock Exchange, Federal Hall and the Federal Reserve Bank. After your 1-hour walking tour, you'll transition to the Ground Zero portion featuring the 9/11 Memorial. Due to the route taken on this portion of the tour, it is not wheelchair accessible.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Tony was our guide. HE WAS AMAZING!!!! He was so knowledgeable about New York, the island of Manhattan, and that dreadful day, 9/11. His first hand accounts put you right there, and to the point that when my husband and I saw the memorials, they absolutely took our breath away, and brought us to tears. I have recommended this tour to many people, and told them to ask for Tony. Thank you to Tony, and Viator, for such a wonderful experience!!! Sincerely, Lee Ann and Mike Dinofrio

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Our tour guide Tony made this very worth the time and money .His knowledge and compassion was second to none. He did not just make me understand he made me feel it. If there was more time he would have kept going on.

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