Take a guided tour of the top sites of the World Trade Center and the memorials. Guarantee your visit to the 1 World Observatory with pre-reserved tickets. This new attraction is fast becoming the most popular place to visit in New York City!
What to Expect
Your 2-hour tour begins at St. Paul’s Chapel, where families and friends came to pray, offer support, and await news in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. See the hand-drawn cards and memorials, personal memorabilia, and photographs that are still hanging here.
Continue on to sites you may have missed if you were visiting on your own. With a local guide leading the way, you’ll see special spots away from the major landmarks.
One such site is the American Express 11 Tears Memorial, a strikingly personal tribute to the 11 AmEx employees who lost their lives on 9/11. In addition you’ll see the beautiful Winter Garden, destroyed in the attack and now restored to its former glory.
At the 9/11 Memorial, your guide will show you the Twin Reflecting Pools, built in the footprints of the World Trade Center and engraved with the names of every victim. Hear about the staff who place a single rose on the name of each victim on their birthday.
Visit the Fireman’s Memorial to pay tribute to those brave men and women who worked around the clock after the attacks. See the Survivor’s Tree, a single tree which miraculously survived the attacks and was nursed back to health by New Yorkers, as a symbol of their enduring strength.
The highlight of your tour comes at the end with a visit to the brand new 1 World Observatory. With pre-reserved tickets your visit is guaranteed regardless of the how large the crowds are.
There’s not much explanation needed here so your guide will leave you for an independent visit. Inside the lobby, you’ll find videos about the production of this incredible structure and of the men and women who built it.
After the visit you’ll board a skypod for a trip through time and space. Created in association with Universal Studios, the special skypod elevators are covered inside with LCD screens, on which you will watch the changing face of New York from the 1600s to today while ascending 102 floors in just 42 seconds.
Disembark at the top of 1 World Tower for incredible panoramic views over the city.
- Guaranteed, pre-reserved entrance to 1 World Observatory
- Expert local tour guide
What's Not Included
- Hotel pick-up and drop off
- Food and drinks
- Guide at the observatory
Outside St. Paul's Chapel, 209 Broadway, between Fulton and Vesey streets, on the porch
Arriving by taxi: St. Paul's Chapel, main entrance on Broadway, between Fulton and Vesey streets
Arriving by subway: 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, J, or Z to Fulton Street
What to Remember
• You will need to pass through airport-style security to enter the observatory. Certain items are not permitted. Please refer to the observatory's guidelines on prohibited items
• Only bags/backpacks/packages no larger than 16 inches high by 18 inches long will be permitted. There are no lockers or storage facilities at this venue
• No food or beverages may be brought into the 1 World Observatory
• Comfortable shoes are recommended
• This is a small group tour with a maximum of 20 participants
• Observatory entry is at 17:00. An average visit lasts approximately 1.5 hours