Meet up with your guide in the afternoon at a location near Ground Zero provided by your host. You’ll spend the rest of your excursion exploring the key landmarks, people and places associated with that fateful day in September 2001.
First take a look at St. Paul’s Chapel, a religious site that became a key meeting point for friends and families searching for news about their loved ones after the attack. The moving collection of handmade memorials and prayers still populate the interior of the chapel to this day. Continue to Brookfield Place (formerly World Financial Center) to get a sense for the financial costs of the attack and ongoing efforts to rebuild.
Follow your stop by heading to the Eleven Tears Memorial, a tribute to the 11 employees of American Express that perished in the attacks. Just nearby you’ll get a look at the Winter Garden, a site frequently missed by Ground Zero visitors. Continue from there to the 9/11 Memorial Pools, a sober fountain monument with the names of the victims that’s built into the “footprint” of the former Twin Towers. Add more context to your trip by proceeding to the “Survivor Tree” and the Fireman’s Memorial, offering a more intimate look at how New York City locals were impacted by the attack.
Make the final stop of the day at the 9/11 Museum, where you’ll have an included pre-reserved admission ticket to skip the long lines. Enjoy a self-guided exploration of this fascinating museum, displaying artifacts salvaged from the wreckage along with the moving stories told by the victims of this tragic event. You’ll finish your trip at the museum at 5pm.