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Ticket price includes 9/11 Memorial Museum entry

by an NYPD Detective

9-11 Tours

9-11 Tour

Starting From$70.00 2 hours Per person

9/11 Tour with Retired NYPD Detective.

Priority entrance tickets to 9/11 Memorial Museum are included

Key Highlights

  1. The $70 ticket price includes entry to the 9/11 Memorial Museum. You will be able to enter the museum with pre-reserved priority entrance tickets.
  2. This walking tour will be led by retired New York City Detective and 9/11 first responder John Coghlan or a guide who has a personal connection with 9/11 who will share his first hand experience with you making your visit more personal and memorable than an independent walk.
  3. The tour will cover key sites of the 9/11 memorial including the Reflecting Pools, Fireman’s Memorial, St. Paul’s Chapel and the Survivor Tree.

Detailed Description of Tour

The Ground Zero walking tour begins at St Paul’s Chapel (the Little Chapel that stood), a historic chapel which is located less than 100 yards from the destroyed twin towers. The chapel survived intact and became a haven for rescue workers in the days after the attacks. The Walking Tour includes:

  1. St. Peter Catholic Church and the 9/11 Cross
  2. The twin reflecting pools inscribed with the names of the nearly 3,000 people who died on September 11, 2001, and in its precursor attack on February 26, 1993. The pools mark the spots where the twin towers once stood.
  3. Firefighter’s 9/11 Memorial: The Bronze FDNY 9/11 Memorial Wall, a 56-foot long bronze sculpture that shows firefighters battling the smoldering towers, located on the side of New York City’s famed fire station “10 House”
  4. Winter Garden
  5. Survivor Tree: A Callery pear tree became known as the Survivor Tree after enduring the September 11, 2001 terror attacks at the World Trade Center
  6. Battery Park City where the John J. Harvey Fireboat arrived to help pump water for over 80 hours till the water supply was restored


    positive review  Great experience, John showed us great time and we definitely learned more than expected. John also pointed us to great restaurants and bars for after the tour.

    Cody Revel Avatar Cody Revel
    December 5, 2018

    positive review  they're great about giving you details on the logistics of such a terrible day. very knowledgeable and comprehensive tour.

    Victor Montes de Oca Avatar Victor Montes de Oca
    November 29, 2018

    positive review  Was such a pleasure to meet and hang out with John. Fab tour and can’t rate high enough - we only wish we could of had a beer with John and heard some more stories! John - We will be saying get outta dodge city in your Bronx accent for years too come! Thank you! 👌

    Kelly Hartley Avatar Kelly Hartley
    November 8, 2018

    positive review  We spent a family holiday in NYC last week and did the 9/11 tour with John on our final day. This was the highlight of our trip and we would highly recommend this experience. John was friendly and engaging and to hear his first hand experience of the tragic events of that day were compelling. John provided us with fascinating information about some of the acts of heroism that took place which we had not heard before that were simply humbling and his attention to detail and recollection of facts was very impressive. His experience as a NYPD detective shone through and he also provided us with interesting information about NYC which we found very helpful. Thanks for the tour John, great work and we hope you keep well. Mike, Deb, Amy and Laura (The Brits!).

    Amy Perring Avatar Amy Perring
    October 31, 2018

    5 star review  I am very glad we booked this tour! John was excellent in sharing firsthand information of the events that occurred the day. This tour was most definitely the highlight of my trip!

    Reneese Brigmon Frennea Avatar Reneese Brigmon Frennea
    September 10, 2018

    positive review  The tour was very interesting, and John was a great guide. Hè has a lot to tell and in a Nice and friendly way. The different stories make the tour different Nice job John!

    Evelyn Derycke Avatar Evelyn Derycke
    September 6, 2018

    5 star review  John did a great job as our tour was very informative, but at the same time, very sombering. What an experience to be there and to tour the museum as well. We will never forget!

    Claire Batie Sundrup Avatar Claire Batie Sundrup
    August 1, 2018

      We really enjoyed our time with John. He was extremely knowledgeable and professional.

    thumb Emily

      Wow. Just wow. We learned so much on this tour. John had the background and knowledge and first-hand experience with 9/11. I would not recommend any other 9/11 tour - you MUST take this one!!!!!

    thumb Victoria

      I had looked forward to seeing the 9/11 Memorial and museum and finding a former NYPD police officer/detective who was actually present and involved in the evacuation, search and rescue operations made the experience better than I could have imagined. John also gave some unique insights into the city at that time and challenges faced by the various city services. I would absolutely recommend this experience. If you do no other guided tour experience while in NY city, go with John to the Memorial.

    thumb Suzanne

      Knowledgeable! Kept my interest in everything he had to say. Would recommend!

    thumb Roxanne

      John was phenomenal. Seriously, don;t think twice, book this now! I don't know of a better person to be able to give such personal touch to such a tough time in American history.

    thumb Logan

      John was fantastic. Makes it all that more real that he was there that day. He did a great job tailoring the tour to our kids, 12 and 8. Highly recommend his tour!

    thumb Craig

      Fantastic experience!

    thumb Kathryn

      John gave us insights into what happened on 9/11 that were unique to someone who was there and involved in the operation. Additionally his understanding of how the police/fire departments work helped us also understand the interaction between those departments and the rescue issues on that day. It was FREEZING cold and John was great about figuring out how to have us duck into building as he told us some of the stories so that we warmed up between places on the walking tour. We were all glad that we decided to go with him on this tour AND he gave us some recommendations for other places in NYC too! Loved it all, though obviously it is a very somber, emotional experience.

    thumb Carolyn

      John was an extremely well informed and interesting guide.
    My husband and I have both lived in NYC for many years and we were both here during 911 and we still learned a lot from John.
    We sought out his tour as we felt it was time for our preteen and teenage sons to learn more about those events that so changed the city they call home.
    We wanted to give them a sensitive, honest, respectful and thorough account of what it was like to live through 911.
    John’s experience as a first responder and his willingness to share his stories of that time period gave them exactly that.
    We are grateful and feel very lucky to have found John’s tour. If you are lucky enough to get the opportunity, you should go.

    thumb F

      John was a fantastic tour guide! He had great personal knowledge of that day and explained in detail all factors that played into the tragedy. Definitely stood out from the other guides with his explanations. Highly recommend taking his tour!!

    thumb Lauren

      Awesome tour was great hearing from a survivors point of view.

    thumb Christina

      Great experience..great stories!

    thumb Alysia

      John was a great guide! His personal stories, as well as his ability to connect with the group made the tour amazing!

    thumb Emily

      Highly recommend this tour — John was personally there on 9/11 and has some very moving and insightful stories re the events of that fateful day and beyond!!!

    thumb Gregory

      Excellent experience. First hand info.

    thumb Chris

      We are SO glad we booked this tour with John. Not only was he friendly, inclusive, and engaging, but his personal experience as an NYPD detective and first responder to this tragedy provided us with a very unique perspective. We had visited the 9-11 Memorial in a previous trip to NYC, but it was just a visit. This time with John immersed us in the events of that day and beyond. Highly recommend.

    thumb Kim

      Simply put, excellent. One of the most personable guides we have ever had, we were only disappointed when it ended!

    thumb Annie

      This was an excellent tour especially before entering the museum. John offered various insights that really added to the museum experience.

    thumb John

      I had some mobility issues and John was thoughtful and encouraged me to rest often. He would tell great stories while we rested.

    thumb Michael

      Really enjoyed the tour. John seemed very genuine and brought first hand perspective. Sure I could have read some of it but he was able to lend more to the story. The tine at the museum was special and it was nice to have tickets handed to us and be able to go straight in. Well done. The one downside was that we were greeted by a very friendly street vendor selling a book “for the tour” and my dad had his $20 out before I could intervene. The book is nice but there’s actually some obvious errors in it. Oh well.

    thumb Brenda