9/11 Ground Zero Tour

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Join us for a tour of the former World Trade Center in New York City as we commemorate the tragic events of 9/11. You will hear firsthand accounts from our guides who are New Yorkers with personal connections to 9/11.

ADULT: $35 , CHILD: $30 (ages 6-12)
9:30am, 10:30am, 2:00pm (Daily)
1.5 Hours Guided Tour
Meets outside of St Paul's Chapel on Broadway See Map

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Tour Policy:
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes early as we start on time. If late, we cannot guarantee you will be able to catch up and join the group.
  • Just tell the guide your name at the check-in. No need to print out anything.
Rescheduling Policy
  • Free Rescheduling 48 hours prior to tour: You can always reschedule any tour without penalty if done 48 hours prior to tour time. You can transfer or gift your tour to others.
  • Refund after rescheduling: Once you have been rescheduled, there can be no refunds if you decide not to take the tour.
Weather Policy:
  • ACTIVITY TAKES PLACE OUTDOORS: The tour happens in rain or snow. The tour has a large portion that is outdoors, so please dress appropriately and be prepared for the weather.
  • For the 9/11 Ground Zero tour portion, you can always reschedule your tour without penalty if you would like to change to a different day. In the rare case of downpours or undoable weather conditions, we will cancel the tour and offer refund. However, the attraction tickets (for the 9/11 Museum or Observatory) cannot be rescheduled since they are date/time specific.

Free Rescheduling 48 hours prior to tour: You can always reschedule any tour without penalty if done 48 hours prior to tour time. You can transfer or gift your tour to others.

Inside of 48 hours before your tour, rescheduling fees are:

  • FREE for tour reschedule
  • FREE for 9/11 Museum Entry reschedule
  • $35 / person for Freedom Tower Entry reschedule

Refund after rescheduling: Once you have been rescheduled, there can be no refunds if you decide not to take the tour.

There are bathrooms in St. Paul's Chapel. There are also bathrooms inside the 9/11 Museum and Freedom Tower if you have tickets for entry.

Yes the tour is wheelchair accessible. However we do not provide wheelchairs for the tour.

Tips are always appreciated by our guides, but never expected. They should be given if you believe your guide did an outstanding job, and further, if you as an individual want to demonstrate your appreciation to the guide for that job well done.

Yes, the subject matter is covered sensitively.

Nearest Subways: 2 3 4 5 A C J Z to Fulton Street - Transit Center, or Rto Cortland Street.

By Car: Click here to view a map (opens in a new window) of nearby paid parking spaces. Not recommended due to unpredictable traffic which may cause you to miss the tour.

Tour Bus Loading/ Unloading and Parking: Click here (opens in a new window) for DOT's permitted tour bus map in lower Manhattan.

Tour ends at the 9/11 Memorial (about 4 blocks from the meeting location)


We will start the tour at St. Paul's Chapel, New York City’s oldest public building still in continuous use. Just one block away from the 9/11 attacks, it miraculously survived the falling building and debris. St. Paul’s Chapel served as a makeshift rescue center during the aftermath. Its iron fence became a bulletin board where family members posted notices of their missing loved ones. Today, with the mementos received from people around the world supporting New York City, the church serves as both a landmark and a tribute.


You'll enter the 9/11 Memorial, where you can pay your respects to those who lost their lives in the World Trade Center. Take a moment at Michael Arad’s “Reflecting Absence,” a man-made waterfall that symbolizes the void left behind by tragedy. Learn how the names of the nearly 3,000 victims were placed around the waterfall next to their friends, family members, and colleagues. See the new Freedom Tower and World Trade Center rise from the ground.


First Hand Accounts
We are New Yorkers with personal connection to the events of September 11, 2001. Read our first hand accounts below.

Continue reading the personal accounts here.

"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."

"I remember what a beautiful day it was waking up, and how bright blue the sky was. I was typing a reflection paper due in class that day when my best friend’s mom messaged me on AOL asking to me to look out my dorm room window to see if the World Trade Center was bombed. I remembered that happened in 1993, so was very surprised by her asking, and went to our common room..."

“I was a photojournalist in my neighborhood of Brooklyn when the planes struck. I had to get into Manhattan quickly and figured the best way was to ride in with the firemen from my area... I got a ride over to Manhattan in an ambulance that was heading over from a local hospital, as thousands were crossing the opposite way into Brooklyn to escape the chaos...”

What is "Ground Zero"?
Ground Zero is generally defined as the site of the former World Trade Center and areas surrounding it.

You can find more in-depth information and news about the World Trade Center area on our blog.

The 9/11 Memorial is the plaza located at the site of the former Twin Towers. The memorial was built to commemorate the attacks of September 11 2001, and the World Trade Center bombing of 1993 which killed six. It features two enormous waterfalls and reflecting pools, each about an acre in size, set within the footprints of the original twin towers. Its design conveys a spirit of hope and renewal, and creates a contemplative space separate from the usual sights and sounds of a bustling metropolis.

The 9/11 Museum is located inside the 9/11 Memorial. Exhibits in the museum include 23,000 images, 10,300 artifacts, and nearly 2,000 oral histories of the dead provided by friends and loved ones, in addition to over 500 hours of video.

The One World Trade Center, known also as the Freedom Tower, is the nation's tallest skyscraper. It is located on the premises at the north-west corner of the site. The “Skypod” elevators go up 1,250 feet to the observatory which include breath-taking panoramic views of the city and surrounding areas, letting you see as far as Philadelphia!

The Oculus, the outside structure of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, is the subway entrance and extensive shopping center. Though the tour does not normally include a visit inside, your guide may make a quick stop inside for an opportunity to appreciate the spacious, pearly white interior.

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