- 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
This was an excellent tour especially before entering the museum. John offered various insights that really added to the museum experience.
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, your background and experience made our tour very special. We had insight & a unique perspective of the day of and days following 9/11. We are thankful for all of you that serve our cities and country. We look forward to doing your tour in the future.
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.
John was so knowledgeable of the events that occurred that devastating day in 2001. He had so many unique stories about people and places, that it really made his tour so interesting and fascinating. I found myself hanging on every word. At the end of his tour, I found myself just wanting to hear more of his stories of what happened that fateful day… but we went into the museum and looked for some of the artifacts of the stories he had told us about. Fascinating! Yet so tragic and sad. I HIGHLY recommend this tour with John. Worth every second of your time.
The tour with John was really exceptional. His storytelling and first hand experiences made him easy to listen to. I would recommend this to anyone.
This tour is highly recommended. John was there on-scene on 9/11 and so was able to give a personal account of not only WHAT was happening, but also background into why the NYPD and FDNY had to deal with obstacles. It's not a scripted tour with random bits of info. John was great, encouraged us to take pictures, welcomed questions. I didn't feel like he was a tour guide saying the same things 6 times a day. Do not miss this when in NYC.
My husband and I really appreciated our tour with John. He was engaging, insightful and clear in relaying his knowledge. Having been a first responder, his information is first hand and genuine. He has a gift for storytelling.
We visited the museum after the tour and the this helped us to have a little better understanding as we went through it. (tickets were included in the tour and we avoided waiting in a long line for them)
This experience gave us perspective and insight that enhanced our understanding about the events of 9/11, and made our museum visit more meaningful.
John is well informed about the events of that tragic day, and is passionate about sharing his knowledge. We especially appreciated that while he gave the proper attention and respect to the loss and devastation of the day, he shared inspirational stories of heroism and survival.
I am a visual learner, so it was extremely helpful that John took us to several locations and showed pictures of what the area looked like on Sept 11. I was able to gain a lot of perspective about the magnitude of the destruction.
Overall, I highly recommend this experience with John. It's a great value, and has the added bonus of not having to wait in line to enter the museum.