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A memorial to those who suffered in the September 11 attacks and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, Ground Zero remains a powerful and poignant part of many traveller’s visit to New York. The largest man-made waterfalls in North America, today two reflecting pools sit in the footprints of the former Twin Towers with the names of those who died inscribed in bronze panels around the pool. Honouring the nearly 3000 people who lost their lives to terrorism, Ground Zero’s tours and the nearby museums lend political and personal insight, with sombre stories retelling the fateful events of September 11, 2001. It may not be the most cheering of tourist activities, but experiencing Ground Zero is a must-do when in New York.

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  • Our tips for Ground Zero

    Our tips for Ground Zero
    • Be prepared. While entry to the site is free, book Ground Zero tickets to the World Trade Center Museum before your arrival to ensure easy entry at the best possible price.
    • Take care with kids in tow. Visiting the World Trade Center Memorial with kids is permitted, although it is recommended that Ground Zero tour groups with children under five years old should give the Historical exhibition in the museum a miss.
    • Pack light. There are a series a security checks to pass through when you enter Ground Zero, so be sure to pack light and check the list of prohibited items before arrival.
  • Good to know

    Good to know
    Best Time To Visit Ground Zero is open to the public year-round, and is freely accessible for anyone who wishes to pay their respects. Organise your Ground Zero tours for first thing in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the crowds and see this poignant site at its most peaceful.
    Getting There In the heart of New York City, Ground Zero is situated at 180 Greenwich St in Lower Manhattan. Due to crowds and notoriously bad traffic, authorities recommend visitor’s use public transport to reach the memorial site. The bus, Subway and ferry systems all run services to and from Ground Zero regularly, ensuring easy access to the area.
    Money Saving Tips Admission to the World Trade Center Memorial, commonly known as ‘Ground Zero’, is free, with visitors able to pay their respects year-round. For those looking for a more in-depth 9/11 experience, combination tours show visitors around the area and often include admission fees to the museums at cheaper-than-destination rates. Book your Ground Zero tickets and tours well in advance to get the best deals and discounts.
    Did you know? Impress your fellow travellers with these interesting titbits about Ground Zero…
    • After entering a global design competition that included more than 5200 entrants from 63 nations, architect’s Michael Arad and Peter Walker were chosen to create the Ground Zero Memorial design.
    • The largest man-made waterfalls in North America, Ground Zero’s two reflecting Memorial Pools span almost an acre.
    • The names of every person who died during the 2001 and 1993 terrorist attacks are inscribed on bronze panels that edge around the Twin Tower pools.

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