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The Oculus Center

Take the best pictures of the World Trade Center Oculus, a cultural and commuting hub designed by architect Santiago Calatrava made of white steel wing-shaped tips reaching toward the sky.

Nearby Attractions

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9/11 Memorial
A quieting tribute to the earth-shattering events of September 11, 2001.
Trinity Church
A venerable church in the Wall Street area, with a turbulent history and reported land holdings of over $2 billion.
Freedom Tower
Opened in November 2014, the One World Trade Center is the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.
City Hall Park
Common area outside City Hall that has seen been the site of many historic events
St Paul's Chapel
Episcopal Church that still has pew where George Washington prayed after his inauguration
One World Observatory
Located on floors 100-102 of One World Trade Center, this is the tallest observation deck in the city! Enjoy the stunning views from here.

Related Tours

Private Walking Tour of Downtown Manhattan with Tickets to the 9/11 Museum
New York is one of America’s oldest cities, and most of its rich history over the past four centuries centres around the southern tip of Manhattan. From the legacy of Dutch settlers to the Al-Qaeda terrorist attacks in 2001, it remains a place at the forefront of the human story. Go with your own guide on a journey around the city’s historic heart. On your private tour, you will:

  • Learn about New Amsterdam in the Historic District of New York, settled in 1624.
  • See several of the area’s highlights, including Trinity Church, Battery Park, the Charging Bull statue and Fearless Girl statue
  • Hear about the modern financial system, as designed by Alexander Hamilton, and see several of the area’s main sites, including the New York Stock Exchange (external) and the Federal Reserve Bank (external).
  • Visit the National 9/11 Memorial and see how the tragic events of 2001 are remembered.
  • Finish your tour at Ground Zero with entrance tickets to the 9/11 Museum, where you will be able to explore the museum at your own pace. 
Your tour starts with the unpretentious tale of the early settlers to the city, from a sleepy Dutch trading post to the dazzling rise of the world's busiest financial capital. You will have the pleasure of visiting Stone Street in the Historic District before moving north, just as the settlers did.

As you make your way through Wall Street, you will discover how an 18th-century street bazaar would eventually become a centre for global commerce. Your expert local guide will give you valuable behind the scenes insight into some of the world’s most powerful financial institutions, as you walk by New York Stock Exchange and Federal Hall. Here you will see the spot where George Washington was inaugurated and enjoy the handsome Federal Reserve. There will also be a chance to pop into Trinity Church, which has roots dating back to 1697.

 At the National 9/11 Memorial, your guide will share with you the history of the World Trade Center, discuss the tragic events of 9/11, and walk you through the Memorial’s design. The area is formerly known as 'Ground Zero' is now the site of a moving memorial and has indeed become an important historic landmark. Next to it is the rebuilt One World Trade Center. Often referred to as Freedom Tower, it stretches 1776 feet above the ground. 

Here your knowledgeable guide will tell you of the events leading up to the untimely destruction of the towers, as well as sharing some of the heart-wrenching stories of the families, survivors and 9/11 heroes. You will also visit St. Paul's Chapel, which miraculously survived the 9/11 attack. 

Your tour finishes with entrance tickets to the 9/11 Museum. Your guide will take you to the queue, and give you your timed tickets before departing with you. Once inside the museum, you are free to explore the museum at your own pace.  
Private Full Day Highlights of New York City with Top of the Rock tickets
Explore the Big Apple - from the bustling streets of Downtown Manhattan to the serenity of Central Park.  On your private tour of New York City, you will: 

  • See the best sights of Downtown Manhattan, including Wall Street’s Charging BullFearless Girl, and the National 9/11 Memorial
  • Experience the bustle of Midtown, including tours of Grand Central Terminal and Times Square.
  • Stroll through Central Park, seeing Strawberry Fields and Bethesda Terrace & Fountain.
  • Finish your tour gazing out on the city from the views from the Rockefeller Center.
Your tour begins in the heart of Wall Street, seeing the heart of the financial district and continues to the National 9/11 Memorial and visit Ground Zero— the original site of the World Financial Center. Here, your guide will share with you the history of the World Trade Center and discuss the tragic events of 9/11, as you tour the memorial.

Next, your guide will take you to the heart of bustling Midtown, where you will explore Grand Central Terminal, the most iconic transportation hub in the United States, with beautiful celestial ceiling murals. After lunch in the area, catch a perfect view of the gleaming spire of the Chrysler Building, another of New York's Art Deco masterpieces, explore the New York Public Library where you will meet the giant stone lions, and enjoy Bryant Park—a lovely green oasis in the heart of Midtown. You will then continue to the crossroads of the world —Times Square— to view the news ticker on the One Times Square Building, the NASDAQ board, and the myriad neon signs.

From there, you’ll travel to the Upper West Side and into Central Park, which is larger than Monaco and the Vatican City combined! In the park, you will see some of the highlights before continuing down to Rockefeller Plaza. Here, your guide will give you your tickets for the Rockefeller Observation deck and part with you. Cap off your day in the city with a breathtaking bird’s eye view of Manhattan and the rest of the Big Apple. 
Private Walking Tour of Downtown Manhattan with Tickets to One World Observatory
New York is one of America’s oldest cities and most of its rich history over the past four centuries centres around the southern tip of Manhattan. From the legacy of Dutch settlers to the Al-Qaeda terrorist attacks in 2001, it remains a place at the forefront of the human story. Go with your own guide on a journey around the city’s historic heart. On your private tour, you will:

  • Learn about New Amsterdam in the Historic District of New York, settled in 1624.
  • See several of the area’s highlights, including Trinity Church, Battery Park, the Charging Bull statue and Fearless Girl statue
  • Hear about the modern financial system, as designed by Alexander Hamilton, and see several of the area’s main sites, including the New York Stock Exchange (external) and the Federal Reserve Bank (external).
  • Visit the National 9/11 Memorial and see how the tragic events of 2001 are remembered (please note: the tour does not visit inside the museum.)
  • Finish your tour above the city with entrance tickets to the One World Observatory, over one hundred stories above the ground in the Freedom Tower.
  • Your tour starts with the unpretentious tale of the early settlers to the city, from a sleepy Dutch trading post to the dazzling rise of the world's busiest financial capital. You will have the pleasure of visiting Stone Street in the Historic District before moving north, just as the settlers did.
As you make your way through Wall Street you will discover how an 18th-century street bazaar would eventually become a centre for global commerce. Your expert local guide will give you valuable behind the scenes insight into some of the world’s most powerful financial institutions, as you walk by New York Stock Exchange and Federal Hall. Here you will see the spot where George Washington was inaugurated and enjoy the handsome Federal Reserve. There will also be a chance to pop into Trinity Church, which has roots dating back to 1697.

 At the National 9/11 Memorial, your guide will share with you the history of the World Trade Center, discuss the tragic events of 9/11, and walk you through the Memorial’s design. The area is formerly known as 'Ground Zero' is now the site of a moving memorial and has indeed become an important historic landmark. Next to it is the rebuilt One World Trade Center. Often referred to as Freedom Tower, it stretches 1776 feet above the ground. 

Here your knowledgeable guide will tell you of the events leading up to the untimely destruction of the towers, as well as sharing some of the heart-wrenching stories of the families, survivors and 9/11 heroes. You will also visit St. Paul's Chapel, which miraculously survived the 9/11 attack. 

Your tour finishes with entrance tickets to the One World Observatory. Your guide will take you to the queue, and give you your tickets before departing with you. Once in the observatory, you can explore the entire experience at your own leisure. 
Full Day Highlights of the Statue of Liberty and Downtown NYC
Explore the highlights of historic New York City on a full-day, private tour. On your private tour you will: 

  • Visit Liberty Island and Ellis Islands and the 9/11 Museum, with tickets included.
  • Enjoy booked priority entry into the Liberty Island Ferry Screening Facility Queue in Battery Park.
  • See the Statue of Liberty up close and learn of her remarkable story, as well as her significance to modern America. 
  • Explore Ellis Island and the story of US immigration.
  • Enjoy a breathtaking view over the Manhattan skyline from the water.
  •  Learn about New Amsterdam in the Historic District of New York, settled in 1624.
  • See several of the area’s highlights, including Trinity Church, Battery Park, the Charging Bull statue and Fearless Girl statue
  • Hear about the modern financial system, as designed by Alexander Hamilton, and see several of the area’s main sites, including the New York Stock Exchange (external) and the Federal Reserve Bank (external).
  • Visit the National 9/11 Memorial and see how the tragic events of 2001 are remembered.
  • Finish your tour at Ground Zero with entrance tickets to the 9/11Musem, where you will be able to explore the museum at your own pace. 
Please note that tour guides are not allowed to guide inside the Statue of Liberty Museum and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. Your guide will give you full information on each island and then silently accompany you through the museums. He/she will be able to answer questions you may have but not actually “guide” you through the museums. 

You will begin your tour at Castle Clinton, a former Fort in Battery Park, where you will board the ferry to the famous Liberty Island. Along the way, you will learn about the remarkable history of the Statue of Liberty, as well as its significance to modern America. From here you will also be able to enjoy a breathtaking view over the Manhattan skylines and harbour. 

It is estimated that forty per cent of the entire US population can trace at least one relative's arrival to the US, through the port of New York and Ellis Island. 
 
Boarding at Liberty Island, you will hear all about the fascinating history of the Liberty figure, and how this 100th birthday gift to America from France was shipped from Paris to New York, and finally unveiled after 10 years of construction in 1886.

After lunch, your tour continues in the heart of Wall Street, where the history of New York City began as New Amsterdam in the early 1600s. As you make your way through Wall Street you will discover how an 18th-century street bazaar would eventually become a centre for global commerce. 

At the National 9/11 Memorial, your guide will share with you the history of the World Trade Center, discuss the tragic events of 9/11, and walk you through the Memorial’s design. The area is formerly known as 'Ground Zero' is now the site of a moving memorial and has indeed become an important historic landmark. Here your knowledgeable guide will tell you of the events leading up to the untimely destruction of the towers, as well as share some of the heart-wrenching stories of the families, survivors and 9/11 heroes. You will also visit St. Paul's Chapel, which miraculously survived the 9/11 attack. 

Your tour finishes with entrance tickets to the 9/11 Museum. Your guide will take you to the queue, and give you your timed tickets before departing with you. Once inside the museum, you are free to explore the museum at your own pace.  

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