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One World Observatory and World Trade Center Tour

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Overview

Many 9/11 tours bypass less-known landmarks and head only to the most popular, leaving you with only half of the story. This One World Observatory and World Trade Center tour gives you an immersive look at the monuments of September 11th, including St. Peter's Chapel, American Express 11 Tears Memorial, and the Fireman’s Memorial. Plus, finish your tour at One World Observatory, 102 stories above the city.
  • Discover a mix of famous and lesser-known memorials near the September 11th site
  • Pre-reserved admission to One World Trade Center Observatory guarantees admission
  • A guide tells you stories you wouldn't hear if exploring on your own
  • Tour ends in the early evening with enough time to still grab dinner (own expense)

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Get guaranteed admission to One World Observatory, and see lesser-known sites like St. Peter's Chapel and the 11 Tears Memorial.
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Professional English- speaking tour guide
Guide at the One World Observatory
Gratuities
Hotel pickup/drop-off
Food and beverages
9/11 Memorial Museum visit

Departure Point

St Peter's Roman Catholic Church, 22 Barclay St, New York, NY 10007, USA

Departure Time

3:00 PM

Return Details

Financial District, New York, NY 10006, USA
Meet at St. Peter's Chapel, and start your exploration of the events of September 11th by learning about the key role this religious refuge played for locals and families.

Hear a range of stories about the New York locals and victims who came to St. Paul’s to pray and gather news in the hours that followed the immediate attack. You also get to view some of the many pieces of personal memorabilia, photos, cards and hand-drawn imagery left by visitors as a tribute to the attack victims.

Continue your 9/11 visit by heading to the American Express 11 Tears Memorial, a lesser-known landmark not typically seen by site visitors. The memorial is a moving tribute to the 11 employees of this financial firm who lost their lives on September 11th.

Head next to the Twin Reflecting Pools, built into the foundation sites where the Twin Towers once stood. You also celebrate the brave firefighters who lost their lives at the Fireman’s Memorial and view the Survivor’s Tree.

Finish your September 11th-themed excursion by heading to the top of One World Trade Center. Enjoy pre-reserved admission that guarantees entrance regardless of long lines, plus an independent visit to this observatory in the clouds.

Cap off the experience by marveling at the sky-high views of the city from this panoramic viewing site. Your excursion finishes here.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
St. Paul's Chapel
You’ll start out at St. Peter’s Church from where you walk over to St. Paul’s Chapel with a more personal insight into the drama that unfolded here. This was where families and friends came to pray, offer support and await news in the immediate aftermath of the attacks; as testified by the hand-drawn cards and memorials, personal memorabilia and photographs that still hang here.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
American Express 11 Tears Memorial
On next to some sites you may have missed visiting on your own. With a local guide leading the way, you’ll see special spots away from the major landmarks. At the 9/11 Memorial, your guide will make your visit that bit more special. Together you’ll see the Twin Reflecting Pools, built in the footprints of the World Trade Centre and engraved with the names of every victim. Learn the little nuances that make it more touching; like how staff place a single rose in 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.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
The Oculus
On next to some sites you may have missed visiting on your own. With a local guide leading the way, you’ll see special spots away from the major landmarks. At the 9/11 Memorial, your guide will make your visit that bit more special. Together you’ll see the Twin Reflecting Pools, built in the footprints of the World Trade Centre and engraved with the names of every victim. Learn the little nuances that make it more touching; like how staff place a single rose in 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.
Stop At:  
One World Observatory
The highlight of your tour comes at the end with a visit to the brand new One World Observatory. With pre-reserved tickets your visit is guaranteed to go ahead 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 - said to be the strongest in the world - and of the men and women who built it. Then board a ‘skypod’ to travel through time AND space. Created in association with Universal Studios, the special ‘skypod’ elevators are covered inside in LCD screens, on which you’ll 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 One World Tower for incredible panoramic views over NYC. What better way to end a day of looking back with a glance into the future.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tour will run in English ONLY
  • Please note you will need to pass through airport-style security to enter One World Observatory, and unavoidable lines can build up as people pass through security. Certain items are not permitted in the Observatory and such items will be confiscated and will not be returned. Please refer to One World Observatory's guidelines on specific 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 One World Observatory
  • Observatory entry is at 5pm. Average length of visit is 1 hour
  • St. Paul's Chapel is closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays for renovations for the foreseeable future and may also be closed on other dates. On the days when St. Paul's Chapel is closed, 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Take Walks New York by Walks

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during One World Observatory and World Trade Center Tour?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
See all safety measures taken by One World Observatory and World Trade Center Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during One World Observatory and World Trade Center Tour?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by One World Observatory and World Trade Center Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during One World Observatory and World Trade Center Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by One World Observatory and World Trade Center Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during One World Observatory and World Trade Center Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by One World Observatory and World Trade Center Tour.

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wonderful tour guide.
Climber49497898077
, Jul 2019
all went very well. from receiving us outside Church and later tour guide. Best wishes for you and your entire team.
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We're happy that you enjoyed your tour! Thank you for your kind wishes.
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It was good to see the world trade...
Heddy S
, Oct 2017
It was good to see the world trade center but the guide took forever to get there. Lots of walking in circles. LOVED the observatory.
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I did not realize I booked the 2...
Maria C
, Jul 2017
I did not realize I booked the 2 hour walking tour with Rob prior to the Observatory. The tour with Rob was excellent! Much more information than we would have known if we did not take the tour. I highly recommend this tour with Rob!
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Walking tour was excellent. JEFF did...
Archie W
, Dec 2016
Walking tour was excellent. JEFF did a great job. Plan to go before the sun sets otherwise your pictures will reflect the glass. Note this tour does not include the museum. That's unclear. I really wanted to see that. Can take the subway A, C or E train. A or C takes you right to St Paul's Chape
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Loved our walking tour and all the...
Ana B
, Nov 2016
Loved our walking tour and all the information imparted to us by our wonderful tour guide Rob. Very informative and thorough. The One World Observatory was a little too Disneyesque for our taste but the views are magnificent.
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Very Very GOOD, The tour was...
tkmac002
, Oct 2016
Very Very GOOD, The tour was excellent and the guide Gerry was amazing. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Would recommend it to all.
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Fantastic. Tour guide was...
Dawn C
, Oct 2016
Fantastic. Tour guide was knowledgeable, personable, and patient. The tour covered things I would normally have missed.
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It was wonderful. The tour guide was...
dotty
, Jul 2016
It was wonderful. The tour guide was amazing telling us information the general public does not know. A must see and do.
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Very interesting well conducted...
John Hobley M
, Jul 2016
Very interesting well conducted tour.value for money worth seeing.
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