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The National September 11 Memorial remembers the victims of the World Trade Center attacks of September 2001. This commemorative square is a quiet place of thought, counterposed with the hustle and bustle of Lower Manhattan.
Ground Zero saw a lot of thought and discussion about how best to remember the dead in the years following 9/11. That has resulted in Memorial Plaza, a place of solemn reflection in a beautiful city square which is shaded by some 400 trees, and is also open to local workers, citizens and visitors. It was first opened to loved ones of the victims on the tenth anniversary of the attacks, September 11 2011, and to the public the next day.
There are two enormous ponds on the sites of each of the Twin Towers, both containing a cascading waterfall representing the loss of life. The names of the 2,977 people who perished are inscribed on the walls of both ponds. Survivor Tree is another emblem of the site – this is a pear tree which was found heavily burned and damaged underneath the rubble of the buildings, but which managed to stay alive, and is now thriving again. It stands as a symbol of hope on the square.
The 9/11 Memorial Museum is due to open in 2014. The design of the building entry depicts the image of one of the Towers on its side, and it will contain artefacts from that fateful day.
The One World Trade Center (also known as Freedom Tower) was recently completed and is now the third-tallest building in the world, at 541 metres, since its completion in May 2013.
The National September 11 Memorial is found in Lower Manhattan, and is easily reached by bus or on the subway. Entry to the Memorial is free of charge, but a visitor pass is required – check on the website for more information.
Give yourself plenty of time at National September 11 Memorial. Below are the most popular activities:
Would you like to make your visit that much more unique? A 9/11 Ground Zero Tour with Optional 9/11 Museum Tickets and a Lower Manhattan with optional 9/11 Memorial & One World Observatory are both worth considering.
Take a look at our New York things to do page to discover more activities in the area.
Located in Financial District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of National September 11 Memorial and Wall Street. One World Trade Center and New York Stock Exchange are also within 10 minutes. Rector St. Station (Greenwich St.) and Rector St. Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Financial District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wall Street, National September 11 Memorial, and One World Trade Center. Battery Park and New York Stock Exchange are also within 10 minutes. Rector St. Station (Greenwich St.) is only a 2-minute walk and Rector St. Station is 2 minutes.
Located close to the World Trade Center site with views of the Freedom Tower and Hudson River, this New York City hotel is in the Manhattan financial district. Attractions include New York Stock Exchange and Brooklyn Bridge.
This high-rise hotel faces the rebuilding site of World Trade Center, and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. St. Paul's Chapel is across the street, the World Financial Center is 1 block, and Tribeca is 4 blocks away.
Located in Battery Park City, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Battery Park, New York Stock Exchange, and Wall Street. One World Trade Center and National September 11 Memorial are also within 15 minutes. Bowling Green Station is 5 minutes by foot and Whitehall St. Station is 6 minutes.
Club-like hotel in a prime location a block from Wall Street and NYSE. Walking distance to the 9/11 Memorial, the Occulus, and the World Trade Center.
Situated in the Wall Street - Financial District neighborhood, this hotel is close to Trinity Church, New York Stock Exchange, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and One World Observatory. Area attractions also include Battery Park and Brooklyn Bridge.
The Frederick Hotel is located at 95 West Broadway, just a few blocks away from the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, Brooklyn Bridge, the World Trade Center Mall, and New York City Hall. Greenwich Village is within walking distance as well as Wall Street and the Financial District. The Frederick Hotel offers easy access to all New York City attractions with the Chambers Street subway station conveniently located in front of the hotel.