• Location: New York City, New York
  • Duration: 1.5 hours for the tour; allow 1-2 hours for One World Observatory, if selected
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Get a better understanding of the September 11 attacks on New York City with this 1.5-hour guided walking tour. With a local guide by your side, visit the National September 11 Memorial and Ground Zero and hear stories about the event that changed a country and the world. See the impromptu memorials that sprang up in St Paul’s Chapel, the incredible reflecting pools and the Fireman’s Memorial. There’s also an optional upgrade to visit the One World Observatory.

Highlights

  • 1.5-hour walking tour of the National September 11 Memorial and Ground Zero
  • Walk from St Paul’s Chapel to the World Financial Center in Lower Manhattan
  • Visit the Fireman's Memorial and the 9/11 Memorial reflecting pools
  • Hear heroic stories from a guide with a personal connection to the events
  • Select a morning or afternoon departure time
  • Upgrade for a pre-reserved ticket to the One World Observatory

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What You Can Expect

9/11 Memorial and Ground Zero Walking Tour with Optional One World Observatory Entrance

9/11 Memorial

Get started by heading to St Paul’s Chapel in Lower Manhattan where you’ll meet the guide outside. In the wake of the attacks on September 11, this church, the city’s oldest, became a haven for rescue workers and a place for mourners to find solace and pray. 

Browse among the photographs and other memorabilia that are on display on the interior of the church. After looking around inside, head to the National September 11 Memorial with your guide. See structures such as Brookfield Place (formerly known as the World Financial Center), now home to an amazing food court, and listen to your guide regale tales about the day when two jumbo jets flew into the two World Trade towers, a day that shocked the world. 

See the Fireman’s Memorial and meander around the area where the two World Trade towers once stood. Take a moment to ponder the incident by staring into the two giant reflecting pools, the footprints left by the Twin Towers, as you read some of the names of the 3,000 victims of the attacks that are inscribed on the side of the pools.

After, the guided portion of the tour ends here. But if you’ve opted for the upgrade, head over to One World Trade Center to ascend up to One World Observatory for a spectacular view. 

One World Observatory Admission:Skip the (usually) long line with your pre-reserved ticket and head right to the elevator, or Sky Pod, as they are called here. While ascending up 102 floors, take delight in the 60-second video that shows how New York City has changed and transformed in the last few centuries. One the 100th floor, be sure to stop and take in the incredible views while standing 1,250 feet (365 meters) in the sky. And if you’re not too afraid of heights, walk out onto the 14-foot (4-meter) Sky Portal where you can look right down on all the street activity happening below. 

Once on the 101st floor, enjoy a beverage or something to eat in the cafe or fine dining restaurant.

Customer Reviews

Paula W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Our tour guide Peter was excellent he gave us lots of information in a respectful manner with a touch of humour. We were in New York for one day and this was the only tour we did and I can highly recommend it. We had a drink at the top of the tower with amazing views over the Big Apple

bajunkin United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Allison was a great guide. Very informative. It was a moving experience. The view from One World Observatory was incredible. I ate lunch at the restaurant, which was delicious, and enjoyed the view tremendously.

Robert A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

We had a terrific guide on this trip - he really knew the history and area. Very moving to see this in person and if you had been in the original buildings sometime before 9/11 there was an eerie feeling to see this place again. Recommend the zone World Observatory as you do get to jump the line - it is a long line - and get right into the elevator to 5he top. Great views of the city on our visit, well worth seeing. - we had lunch there - not great food but you get a private restroom that the masses are not get g.

Mrs S M Blood B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Despite the appalling weather that day, we had a blizzard, the tour was excellant and the guide full of interesting but not boring information. The trip up the One world observatory was rearranged due to the weather but when we did go we observed sunset over New York amazing

eesha15

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

The tour guide was great and knew so much about 9/11. It was fascinating and emotional to hear his story and stories from others about the day. I don't think there is anyone from my generation who doesn't remember where they were when 9/11 happened. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting NYC.

Abelardo V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

AWESOME TOUR..LOVED IT.

Abelardo V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

AWESOME TOUR...LOVED IT.

Nancy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Daniel is an excellent guide — passionate, articulate, knowledgeable, and engaging. Even though we were freezing, he was able to keep our interest and attention. No small feat.

NORMAN C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

The tour was full of facts, anecdotes, and information relative to the 9/11 event around the area. Insights into the planning of the tower, its architecture, and the thought and planning that went into the area next to the tower including the pools and the oculus were a must for anyone visiting this sight. Without this tour much would be overlooked. This tour was well worth the money. The tour guide was great. One of the better tours that my wife and I have taken with Viator.

Eric H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Very though provoking tour with very knowledgable guides. Highly recommended

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