World Trade Center Tour
On this tour we not only learn about some of the most significant acts of heroism and the people who sacrificed their lives to save others, but we also discover the history of the World Trade Center (WTC), starting with the strategies in the 1950s that were put in place to build it, how it was designed, constructed, how it came down, and the new buildings that are redefining the center today. We start at St. Paul’s Church where volunteers from around the world rested, ate and slept as they excavated the site. Learn about the history of not only of the church but the entire development of lower Manhattan from the 1600’s to the present. We stop at the 9/11 Preview Center to see a scale model of the new WTC. We go through the just opened underpass from the Word Trade Center to the World Financial Center (WFC). Once inside the WFC we visit a striking memorial created by American Express, dedicated to their employees who lost their lives on 9/11. We also stop at the Winter Garden, then head out to the Hudson River marina and make our way to the 9/11 Memorial where we learn more about its development, design, the museum, points of interest, and all it represents today.
Note: This tour does not include entrance to the Museum. For information on visiting the Museum, see our How to Visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in NYC
Sights we cover on this tour:
- The 9/11 Memorial, the waterfalls and environs
- St. Paul’s Church
- The 9/11 Preview Center
- Learn about all the new buildings
- The Survivor Tree that withstood the attacks
- The Fireman’s Memorial
- The World Financial Center
- The American Express Memorial
- The Winter Garden
- WTC Building Seven
- 90 West Street
- City Hall Park
- The Woolworth Building
Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve. Groups of 6 or more should visit our groups page.
Where: Tour begins at the water fountain in City Hall Park (map) near the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge.
Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Tour distance is approximately 1.5 miles (2.5K)
When: Public tour will return in the spring. View our Calendar
Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.
Language: Tour is in English.