When the planes hit the Twin Towers on 9/11, the world watched as the most recognizable symbols of power and freedom in the Western hemisphere fell. From the clear blue morning sky to the smell of fire and the sound of sirens, New Yorkers witnessed firsthand the events of that day. Even now, they can recall the moments of tragedy and the acts of heroism that tested, and ultimately strengthened, our city.
The new World Trade Center and 9/11 Memorial are living tributes that honor the lives lost and celebrate New York City’s resilience. It is difficult to understand their historical significance without context. Join our tour guides, all New Yorkers who have personal connections to 9/11, as they recount their experiences of that day.
ALL ACCESS: Includes 90-minute guided tour of Ground Zero, followed by expedited entry to the 9/11 Museum and One World Observatory ("Freedom Tower"). Limited tickets available.
Includes 90-minute guided tour of Ground Zero, followed by expedited entry to the 9/11 Museum. Limited tickets available.
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Includes 90-minute guided tour of Ground Zero, followed by expedited entry to the One World Observatory ("Freedom Tower"). Limited tickets available.
A 90-minute guided tour of Ground Zero, led by New Yorkers with personal connections to the events of 9/11. Includes visit to St. Paul's Chapel, Firefighter's 9/11 Memorial Wall, and the 9/11 Memorial.
"Ray our guide gave the day the respect it deserved. He told us what it was like to be a New Yorker not only that day but since. He talked about people who were intimately involved in the day, including his family members. To walk up to the Pools where the towers stood is one thing, but to get the story behind how and what's there, is so much more"
"Great experience... the tour was a bit surreal and Fred relayed the stories and how the events that day impacted New Yorkers."
"Worth every penny we paid to get something other than a media-driven, sensational perspective on our history. Tony was there... He covered it all: the good, the bad, the ugly, the past & the future. The man is not ever at a loss for words... This is one & one-half hours of intense information & movement. Went reluctantly; left thrilled to have done it."
"His account was informative and emotional but showed the resilience and determination of the New York people - who are adorable. We toured the chapel, the plaza and the memorial itself, which is obviously very emotional. John was able to give us the information that we would most definitely had missed if we hadn't taken this tour."
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"I watched the television in disbelief as the two towers collapsed. I walked outside to the Hudson River just after the attacks, and saw the smoke rising from the burning ground zero. All around my neighborhood I saw people walking to the nearby park, which led to the Henry Hudson Bridge, hoping to get out of Manhattan and into New Jersey by walking- fearing more attacks on Manhattan might be on the way."