9/11 Memorial Tour, Celebrating Heroes

9/11 Memorial Tour, Celebrating Heroes

Tour Highlights

  • Discover the stories of the 9/11 heroes who saved thousands of lives
  • Hear about “Big Mike” of the FDNY and his harrowing elevator rescue
  • Follow the Footsteps of Firefighter Stephen Siller into immortality.
  • Discover the exact locations of the original WTC architectural elements
  • See blueprints specifically created for this tour, not available anywhere else
  • Learn the true meaning of the memorial pool design (two of the world’s largest man-made waterfalls) and the arrangement of the names.
  • Discover the surprising story of the survivor tree, a model of resilience

Headsets provided to each participant, ensuring everyone hears the guide perfectly

For every ticket sold, $1 will be donated to The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers foundation

Make this tour private, schedule it anytime. Starts at $280

Guests Love This Tour!

  • 5 star ratingEd was one of a kind, at the sept 11 memorial plaza. Thank you Ed. I learned so much more, about the sept 11 memorial plaza, than I knew before.
    The pictures where both breathtaking And stunning. Thank you for the education.

    Marc Avatar

    5 star ratingVery special tour Walking tour around the 9/11 Memorial. We took a special waking tour around the 9/11 Memorial given by Ed and Lisa. We were able to visualize the Twin Towers from their descriptions and they explained where certain events took place. I would highly recommend this tour if you would like a deeper understanding of what happened on 9/11.

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    Justin L
  • 9/11 Memorial outdoor walking tour This was a great tour. Very informative and I learned a lot about how things were before the attack and where things were that day. I highly recommend.

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    Jenn R

    5 star rating9/11 Memorial Outdoor Walking Tour The outdoor tour of the 9/11 Memorial was by far one of the best tours I have been on. Our tour guides, Ed and Lisa, took us back to September 10, 2001, when the Twin Towers were still standing. They helped us to visualize what took place on 9/11, as well as where some took their final steps. They were both extremely knowledgeable, and passionate about the tour. I would highly recommend this tour if you are visiting NYC.

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    B L
  • 5 star ratingTour of the 9/11 Memorial for Tunnel to Towers Weekend Ed did an excellent job of walking everyone around the 9/11 Memorial and showing where important events happened that day. As a firefighter with knowledge with some of the stories he shared, the events he recalled were extremely accurate and he was very familiar with the grounds of the original World Trade Center in relation to the memorial as it stands today. Worth the tour if visiting the 9/11 Memorial.

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    Phil T

    5 star rating9/11 Outdoor Tour Ed is knowledgeable and passionate about the tours he offers. My husband and I joined a group for a one-of-a-kind outdoor tour of the 9/11 memorial. It was informative and moving, and it was clear how much effort Ed invested beforehand as he developed this tour to make sure his facts were accurate and thoughtful. Thanks for the great tour, Ed!

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  • 5 star ratingAmazing Private Tour of 9/11 Memorial Ed provided a powerful overview of the 9/11 Memorial. Very informative and moving. Would have been much less impactful on our own. Highly recommend Ed.

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    5 star rating9/11 Memorial and Museum I had the privilege and absolute pleasure to go on a tour with Ed Welter. His vast knowledge and passion made this a trip I will never forget. He was very happy to answer all of our questions. Ed is amazing and I am very grateful I had the pleasure of being on a tour with him! I gave him 5 Stars and would provide even more if I could!

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  • 5 star rating9/11 Memorial Ed Welter gave the most amazing tour! Touring the memorial with Ed is the only way to go. The details and thoughtfulness that was put into the memorial is simply incredible. Ed was able to point out so many of the small details that mean so much. His ability to tell the “story behind the picture” is worth the trip.

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    Art O

    5 star ratingSpecial experience Words cannot adequately express how grateful my husband and I are that we got to spend a few hours with our guide, Ed Welter. To be at the 9/11 Memorial with a person so knowledgeable was an incredible experience. We learned so much, met some very special people (including Ed!), and came away with an even deeper appreciation for the bravery and sacrifice of that awful day. We hope to visit NYC again someday and take another tour. Ed will be the first person we call!

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    Valerie B

About This Tour:

The National September 11th Memorial is located on 8 acres in downtown Manhattan, once the site of two of the world’s most recognizable buildings and, of course, the attacks of 9/11. Since its opening in September 2011, millions of people have visited. During that same time many thousands of visitors have gone on walking tours of the Memorial, but none have experienced what this unique tour has to offer. Using the original blueprints drawn in 1967, step back in time and view the exact locations of the original architectural elements of where the Twin Towers stood. Stand in the precise locations and learn the stories of the heroes who saved thousands of lives and in many cases sacrificed their own life. Using building plans specifically designed for this tour, prepare for the most dramatic tour of the 9/11 Memorial done to date.

This unique 9/11 Memorial tour was created by Ed Welter, a licensed NYC sightseeing guide and owner of a construction management company for 34 years.Ed has done various tours on the 9/11 Memorial, The Woolworth building, The 5 points along with many other lower Manhattan sites for over 10 years. These two career paths have converged to inspire him along with longtime friend Lisa Kleist to develop the concept of using the original WTC blueprints, and the numbered memorial panels that surround the memorial pools, to identify architectural features and events that took place on September 11th, 2001: the day New York – and the United States – stood still. Ed’s speciality is explaining  how the Twin Towers were built and why they collapsed.

In addition to his long career in construction and leading walking tours, Ed has been heavily involved with supporting the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers foundation by both fundraising, as well as donating his skills to the construction division of the foundation. Tunnel to Towers builds smart homes for catastrophically injured servicemen and women among their many charitable programs. For every ticket sold, $1 will be donated to The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers foundation

The tour is co-lead by Lisa, who is a licensed New York City sightseeing gude and has lived in New York City since the 1970’s. During that time, she witnessed the building of the original World Trade Center and was able to visit both the Observatory and Windows on the World. She has observed the evolution of the neighborhood around the WTC, which mirrored the changes in the rest of the city and indeed, the world. Lisa has brought many friends and family to the World Trade Center site both before and after 9/11. She has always had an interest in both architecture and history, specifically New York City history. She has also given tours of the Woolworth Building Lobby and the
Samuel Tilden mansion, now the National Arts Club.

Headsets will be provided free of charge to each guest, ensuring everyone hears the guide perfectly.

Please note: Tickets to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum must be purchased separately and are not included in this tour.

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