Guided Tour: One World Observatory & 9/11 Sites
New York, New York, USA
- World Trade Center site: Tour key locations memorializing the dramatic events of 9/11 – including the Reflecting Pools, St. Paul's Chapel, the Ladder 10 Fireman's Memorial, 11 Tears Memorial, Winter Garden, and the Survivor's Tree.
- Moving insights: With modest-sized groups and poignant commentary from an expert local guide, you'll fully experience the powerful human stories behind what happened that day, and the impressive strength that's gone into rebuilding and rebounding since.
- One World Observatory: It takes just 42 seconds to ascend 102 floors up Freedom Tower by "skypod" elevator. With your reserved ticket, you'll zip past the long lines waiting to board.
About This New York Tour
If it's possible to truly be shocked and awed, this tour does it. Both sentiments come naturally as you visit the places where 9/11's drama unfolded on its most human scale.
Like at St. Paul's Chapel, escaping miraculously unscathed just blocks away. Bone-tired rescue workers slept in shifts in the pews while families and friends held endless vigil for the missing after the attacks; their hand-drawn cards and personal memorabilia remain.
And at the Fireman's Memorial, paying tribute to the scores of brave men and women who responded to the attacks, many sacrificing themselves to save hundreds of others.
The shock and awe peaks at the twin Reflecting Pools, cascading into the very footprints of the original towers, the sides etched with the name of every victim.
You'll see the magnificent glass-roofed Winter Garden, rebuilt just a year after the attacks, and the Survivor's Tree. It's charred trunk was pulled from the smoldering rubble and nursed back to life, a real-life phoenix from the ashes.
But standing high above these sites is the most powerful symbol of all. The 1,776-foot One World Trade Center is a testament to a city that will truly never sleep – or give up. Knocked down in the most harsh way, New York rose up again – and rebuilt itself bigger, better, and stronger than ever.
As you soar up to One World Observatory, you'll step out into a jaw-dropping, 360-degree, floor-to-ceiling glass view that reveals the city from a vantage point unlike any other, and your mind will shift totally away from shock, and straight into pure awe.
More than 11 tears
Inside the lobby of Three World Trade Center, an 1,100-pound Brazilian quartz crystal, carved into an 11-sided shape called a hendecahedron, is suspended by thin cables over an 11-sided granite reflecting pool. At random intervals, 11 gentle "tear drops" fall from the high ceiling, creating interconnected ripples over the inscribed names of the 11 American Express staffers who lost their lives on September 11th. This simple, quietly animated tribute is one of the most moving sights on your tour.
Please make your way to the front of St Peters Church, at the intersection of Barclay and Church Street.
As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind. You have to pass through airport-style security. Prohibitive items are confiscated and not returned. There are no lockers for your backpack at One World Observatory, so bring only essentials.
St Paul's Chapel is closed on Tuesdays & Thursdays for renovations and may also be closed on other dates. When closed, you'll tour the grounds and substitute the inside visit for additional sites important to the events of 9/11 but not normally covered on the tour.
No food or beverages may be brought into One World Observatory. Observatory entry is at 5pm. Average length of visit is 1 hour.
Plan to walk at a moderate pace for about a mile for the first 2 hours of the tour. The last hour of the tour is free time in One World Observatory and walking is at your leisure. Venue is wheelchair accessible; bring a companion to offer any assistance.
Walking Tour, Cultural
Guaranteed, pre-reserved entrance to One World Observatory
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
You will need to pass through airport-style security to enter One World Observatory. Only bags/backpacks/packages no larger than 16 inches high by 18 inches long will be permitted.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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