Start time: 2:30pm
Duration: 2 hours
The tour ends at the starting point
Your guide will take you around the Ground Zero site to explore both the past and future of the World Trade Center. The tour offers an unforgettable experience as you hear stories of the heroes of 9/11 and New York City’s darkest hours.
Once soaring proudly above New York City's famous skyline, the iconic World Trade Center fell victim to a brutal terrorist attack on 9.11.2001 – an event that changed world history. Hear inspiring tales of the selfless sacrifice of rescue workers on this tragic day. Discover the spirit that sustained New York City during this terrible time, and see plans for the beautiful 9/11 memorial and the new World Trade Center site that will symbolize the enduring spirit of New York City.
Among other important places, you'll explore St. Paul’s Chapel, the American Express Eleven Tears Memorial, the Winter Garden and, of course, the Ground Zero site.
During the tour you will have ample opportunity for reflection and contemplation. You are welcome to bring flowers or tributes to place them by the site.
The Heroes of the World Trade Center Walking Tour offers visitors to New York an up-close and personal tour of the World Trade Center site and its renewal after the tragedy of 9/11.
You'll meet your guide at the entrance to St. Paul’s Chapel, within walking distance of Ground Zero. Your guide will lead you through key features within the World Trade Center area while sharing important facts and illuminating insights regarding the catastrophic events of 11 September 2001.
Significant stops on the tour include:
• St Paul’s Chapel: After the collapse of the twin towers of the World Trade Center (WTC), St. Paul's Chapel was a place of rest and refuge for recovery workers at the WTC site.
• 9/11 Memorial Preview Exhibit: A space that educates the public about the Memorial and Museum under construction at the World Trade Center site and a place where people can record their own 9/11 stories.
• The World Trade Center cross: A pair of steel beams in the shape of a Christian cross found amidst the debris of the World Trade Center.
• St. Joseph’s Chapel: Served as a space for rescue efforts and emergency equipment after the disaster with the result that many fixtures and fittings were damaged. The Chapel was completely renovated and reopened on the first anniversary of the disaster, September 11, 2002.
• 7 World Trade Center: This building is located across from the World Trade Center site. The original was destroyed on September 11, 2001, and was replaced with the new 7 World Trade Center, opened in 2006.
• The World Trade Center Site: Also known as ‘Ground Zero’, the site covers 16 acres (65,000 m2) in Lower Manhattan. The World Trade Center complex stood on the site until it was destroyed in the 9/11 attacks.
• American Express Eleven Tears Memorial: An 11-sided granite memorial dedicated to the 11 American Express employees who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Water droplets representing tears drip from a 600lb crystal suspended from the 2nd floor ceiling.
• Winter Garden: Severely damaged in the 9/11 attacks, this glass-vaulted pavilion in NYC’s World Financial Center was rebuilt and reopened in September 2002 – the first building to be completely restored following the disaster.
• The Reflecting Absence Memorial site: The Memorial will comprise two large pools set within the original footprints of the Twin Towers with 30-foot waterfalls flowing down their sides. Names of the victims of the attacks will be inscribed around the edges of the waterfalls.
•The Firefighters’ 9/11 Memorial: This 56-foot long wall of cast bas-relief bronze honors the 343 heroic firefighters who gave their lives on September 11, 2001.
• The WTC Tribute Museum: A one-of-a kind visitor center offering ‘Person to Person History’, where you can learn the facts surrounding the catastrophe of 9/11 and find out what it meant to the people most closely involved.
• The ‘Double Check’ Statue: This life-like bronze sculpture of a businessman going through his briefcase was dented but unbroken in the hail of 9/11 debris. It became a monument to survival as rescue workers put a hardhat and other tributes on it.
• Essex World Deli, which gave out water and became the medical station after the disaster.
The tour ends at the starting point – outside the entrance to St. Paul’s Chapel.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details
A very moving and poignant tour with a knowledgeable guide, who shared her personal experience of 9/11 and who honoured a number of heroes of 9/11 with extremely moving stories. ...
Very factual account of the stories of 9/11. Walked through all the sites. Great explanation of what is the future of ground zero and plenty of time at memorial foundation....
First time in US but experience would keep me coming back not minding the distance. Appreciate Isango for helping to realize experience....
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