Touring some of NYC’s most notable locations is a fantastic day-trip idea that offers a variety of places to explore. A One World Trade Center Tour affords a unique experience with extensive views, history, and private walking tours. Take a scenic walk around the memorial and reflecting pools, absorb the city views, and delve into downtown Manhattan.
One World Trade Center Observation Deck
The One World Trade Center, also called the Freedom Tower, is the tallest building in the U.S. and the seventh-tallest in the world. As the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex, One World Trade Center reaches a height of 1,776 feet, a reference to the Declaration of Independence.
The structure is home to numerous organizations, but the best part is the observation deck, open to the public. With an unobstructed view of Central Park as well as that of the Manhattan skyline, the observation deck offers a unique location to view multiple NYC landmarks. The indoor/outdoor area allows the deck to be used year-round.
Around the holidays, a Winter Onederland is held where guests can meet Santa, take a ride on Skypod Elevators, which showcase just how much NYC has transformed over 500 years, dinner on the 101st floor, as well as an interactive virtual reality guide of the city.
9/11 Memorial and Museum
Millions watched in horror almost two decades ago when America experienced the worst terror attack imaginable. Many lost their lives as a result, including bystanders, office workers, firefighters, police officers, and so many others responding to the attack. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum, located at the site of the original World Trade Centers, commemorates those who lost their lives in the 2001 attacks and the 1993 bombing which killed six people.
The design of the memorial features two square reflecting pools marking where the Twin Towers once stood. The pools descend deep into the ground, emphasizing the loss on that tragic day. Around the memorial are panels with the names of those who perished engraved into stone. A place for solemn thought and a reminder of all that was lost.
The Survivor Tree, a pear tree recovered from the rubble of the World Trade Center, was donned the “Survivor Tree” after it was discovered. The tree was badly burned with one living branch, but it survived and later blossomed. The tree was replanted in the memorial as a testament to the will of regrowth and rebirth.
The 9/11 Museum showcases paintings, artifacts, and personal stories from the event. With over 70,000 collected items and artifacts cultivated by the museum, the idea behind it is historical preservation as well as remembrance.
While viewing the memorial and spending time at One World Trade Center can offer a glimpse into the past and future, there is much more to discover. The Story of September 11th – our all-encompassing tour, is a guided experience where guests are brought through the One World Trade Center, the memorial, museum, surrounding area, as well as a performance of the Broadway Musical, Come From Away. The renowned musical tells the true story of what occurred when 38 planes were grounded in a small Canadian town after the attacks on 9/11. Book your experience here.
September 11th is a day that means different things to everyone. New generations born after the tragedy are aware but somewhat removed from the events of that day. Taking a guided tour can instill into them the heroism our country witnessed and how we came together as one united front in the face of devastating loss.