Pay your respects to the victims of the 9/11 attacks on New York as you walk through the poignant memorial at Ground Zero. In the heart of the financial district where the World Trade Center once towered over the city, the 9/11 Memorial remembers the people who sadly died in the attacks. Two sunken square pools can be found in the place where the North and South Towers once stood, surrounded by a quiet tree-lined park.
Ground Zero is also home to the National 9/11 Museum, which is well worth a visit to find out more about the events leading up to the tragedy, the stories of those affected, and what the future holds. The museum exhibits tell the story of 9/11 through artefacts, photographs and eyewitness accounts, making this a moving place to reflect on an event that changed the world. In the foundation hall, you’ll even see the last remaining piece of the World Trade Center.
Before leaving Ground Zero, pay a visit to the Survivor Tree, a pear tree that was rescued from the rubble, revived and replanted. It’s now a powerful symbol of hope. After your visit, spend some time exploring the surrounding area. If you don’t make it to the National 9/11 Museum, the Tribute Center on Liberty Street is worth a visit.
Ground Zero’s served by a number of subway stations including Chambers Street, Fulton Street, Park Place, Rector Street and World Trade Center, so once you’ve paid your respects it’s easy to catch a train and continue exploring this incredible city.