- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- St. Peter Catholic Church and the 9/11 Cross
- 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.
- 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”
- Winter Garden
- 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
- Battery Park City where the John J. Harvey Fireboat arrived to help pump water for over 80 hours till the water supply was restored
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.
December 5, 2018
they're great about giving you details on the logistics of such a terrible day. very knowledgeable and comprehensive tour.
November 29, 2018
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! 👌
November 8, 2018
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!).
October 31, 2018
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!
September 10, 2018
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!
September 6, 2018
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!
August 1, 2018
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.
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.
John was a great guide! His personal stories, as well as his ability to connect with the group made the tour amazing!
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.
Simply put, excellent. One of the most personable guides we have ever had, we were only disappointed when it ended!
I had some mobility issues and John was thoughtful and encouraged me to rest often. He would tell great stories while we rested.
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.
What an amazing tour of a deeply painful tragedy in every Americans life. John was super friendly, knowledgeable, caring and passionate. I really appreciated his goal of sharing his perspective on personal events around that historical day and the people who were involved before and after. Awesome!
We all have our titles, but few heroes announce themselves. Meet our tour guide, John, a First Responder. Wow, an amazing experience to walk the neighborhood and hear John’s stories and explanation of what went down during 9-11. He’s career NYPD — very open, friendly and responsive to all of questions. You’ll learn a lot more than you did from watching/reading the press from back then. I’m sending all my friends to meet John, seriously. The 2-hour tour ends at the museum, so leave extra time to take yourself through the museum. Cheers everyone.
John's tour was very insightful about some of the people and events on 9/11. He also talked a little about the neighborhood from a NYC Police Officer's perspective.
John is a great story teller and offers insight to the workings and dysfunctions of the entities (Port Authority, Fire, Police, Detectives....) that responded on 9/11 and the months that followed. My only disappointment was that we did not tour inside St Pauls. I had assumed we would tour the church as St Pauls holds immense significance to the day and to the ongoing rescue efforts.
Well worth the money. I learned a great deal about the experiences that took place during 9-11. I came away feeling a sense of hope for this wonderful city through stories shared of the days following 9-11 till today. John has a great love for his community and I appreciate his ability to share, with others, his personal insight of these events.