World Trade Center Heroes & Memorials

New York, US
New York, US
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Explore the World Trade Center Heroes & Memorials tour and experience the powerful journey of resilience and remembrance. This captivating tour takes you to hidden locations where lingering damage from September 11 can still be seen, offering a unique perspective beyond the typical tourist experience. Begin at the iconic red cube sculpture in the plaza and embark on a 120-minute journey that includes stops at St. Paul’s Chapel, the American Express 11 Tears Memorial, and the FDNY Memorial Wall. Pay your respects at the stunning 16-acre American National September 11 Memorial with its two cascading waterfalls and panels inscribed with the names of the victims. Discover the new memorial honoring the aftereffects of the Attacks and witness the Survivor Tree – a symbol of resilience. Immerse yourself in the history and hope of this extraordinary tour.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 2 hours
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Private Tour, Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Exclusive access to hidden locations
  • Personal stories from the guide who experienced 9/11
  • Visiting the poignant American Express 11 Tears Memorial
  • Exploring the touching FDNY Memorial Wall
  • Experiencing the emotional September 11 Memorial and Survivor Tree
  • Tour Guide
  • Museum entrance is not included.

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Experience the profound history and resilience of the World Trade Center through the eyes of a 9/11 survivor and member of the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. This captivating tour, titled "World Trade Center Heroes & Memorials," offers a unique opportunity to delve into the untold stories and hidden corners of this iconic site. As you journey through the grounds of Ground Zero, you will gain an intimate understanding of the events that unfolded on September 11, 2001, and the aftermath that followed.

What to expect?

Embark on a remarkable journey that will take you to places rarely visited by other tour guides. Witness the lingering damage from that fateful day as you explore hidden corners of the World Trade Center. This immersive experience goes beyond the surface-level attractions, offering a more profound and personal connection to the events that unfolded. Gain a deeper understanding of the resilience displayed by the FDNY and the countless heroes who risked their lives to save others.

Who is this for?

This tour is for anyone seeking a meaningful and authentic connection to the history of the World Trade Center. Whether you are a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler, this experience will provide a unique perspective that goes beyond the typical tourist attractions. It is a must for history enthusiasts, patriots, and those who wish to pay tribute to the lives lost on that tragic day.

Why book this?

Book this tour for an unparalleled opportunity to hear the firsthand account of a 9/11 survivor and gain a deeper understanding of the impact of this historic event. Unlike other tours, this experience is led by an experienced guide who organized free walking tours for first responders. You will explore hidden locations and witness the lasting effects of September 11, 2001. This tour offers an intimate and immersive experience that will leave you with a profound sense of admiration for the resilience of the human spirit.

Good to know

During the tour, please note that museum entrance is not included. However, the tour will take you to St. Paul's, a historic location that has played a significant role since the American Revolution and is intricately connected to the September 11 story. The tour guide will provide fascinating insights and supplementary information throughout the journey, ensuring you leave with a deep appreciation for the brave individuals who responded to the tragedy.


Reviews from previous participants highlight the emotional and transformative nature of this tour. Visitors commend the guide's ability to provide a personal and intimate account of the events, offering a perspective that cannot be found elsewhere. Many express gratitude for the opportunity to visit lesser-known areas and gain a deeper understanding of the impact of 9/11. Participants have consistently praised the tour as a moving and enlightening experience that leaves a lasting impression. Don't miss the chance to be a part of this unforgettable journey through history.

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Your Itinerary

St. Paul's Chapel

This little chapel is incredibly rich in not only September 11 history, but American and NYC history as well. *Originally Church Of England, it predates the United States by about a decade. *The original Great Seal of the United States (E PLURIBUS UNUM) hangs on its wall. *A service was said for guest of honor George Washington on the day of his inauguration in 1789. *All of the windows are original from 1766. Find out why none broke on September 11, despite virtually every other window breaking for blocks around! *Firemen and engineers who cleaned up Ground Zero slept here until May of 2002. *A Revolutionary general, born in Ireland and killed in action in Quebec, is entombed here, in the first American national monument. I can't express how awesome a place this is.

American Express 11 Tears Memorial

We will stop to admire the poignant memorial which remembers the eleven employees of American Express who were killed in the attacks on the Twin Towers.

FDNY Memorial Wall

The firefighters' bronze memorial is on the wall of 10 House, home of Ladder 10 and Pumper 10. Six men from this firehouse -- literally across the street from the World Trade Center -- are among the 343 who lost their lives that day. Each year on September 11, American flags are run up the flagpole above 10 House, saluted by members of the US armed forces, and given to members of the families.

9/11 Memorial Pools

The American National September 11 Memorial is a 16-acre campus featuring a pair of 1-acre waterfalls. They face inward, the water disappearing from view as the victims have disappeared from our lives. Both are surrounded by panels inscribed with the names of all the dead; nearly 3000. Your guide will show you which groups of victims are arranged on both sets of waterfalls. If you have loved one among those who passed, tell us in advance so we can take you to the proper panel. You will also be taken to the new memorial that opened in 2019. This more simple memorial honors those who have died of the aftereffects of the Attacks, and those who have yet to die. And we will stop by the Survivor Tree. It is one of the few survivors, found alive a month after The Attacks. You'll be shown the branches of new growth since that time. Nearby, see Fritz Koenig's damaged but unbroken sculpture, World Trade. And a scion of the chestnut tree that Anne Frank admired in "The Diary Of A Young Girl." Also, the future Greek Orthodox basilica of Saint Nikolas. You will be shown the *very* last photo of the original church, with the burning towers looming overhead.

World Trade Center Station (PATH)

We will walk a ped bridge over the West Side Highway: More than 20 years later, damage to this bridge made on September 11 is still visible! The eastern end of the bridge was snapped off on that day. In the years after, a park was created at the exact height of the bridge. We walk from the 11 Tears Memorial, across this bridge, and into the elevated park. We will view the Fritz Koenig sculpture The Sphere, which was originally placed in a plaza between the Twin Towers, as well as a scion from the chestnut tree written about in Anne Frank's diary, and the new Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Nicholas.

World Trade Center Station (PATH)

The oldest Catholic church in the State of New York, Saint Peter's of 1804 is right across the street from The World Trade Center. The first known victim of that day, a priest, was laid on the altar moments after death.

World Trade Center Station (PATH)

US Post office, dating from the 1930s Works Progress Administration. Beautiful interior; exterior stone walls were scratched and scraped on September 11. The damage is still visible if you know where to look.

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