The World Trade Center Memorial was built to give friends and families a place to mourn their loved ones, but the site has now been turned into a tourist attraction.
Memorials have been created for years, but this one is something special. Two pools about an acre (4,000 square meters) in size and 30 feet (9 meter) deep are placed were the towers used to be. Waterfall falls down all four sides of each pool. The 9/11 Memorial website advertise the waterfall is the largest manmade in Northern America. Around the edge of each pool is a bronze plate with the names of the about 3,000 victims from the terror attacks of 2001 and 1993.
Not everyone likes the idea of the memorial being turned into a tourist attraction. The New York Post did an article about this issue where family members expressed their feelings about the problem. The newspaper reported tourists treating the site as a playground, referring to it as a “Disney attraction.”
The memorial opened in 2011 and is located in lower Manhattan. Visitors need to obtain a free advanced pass to be able to enter the site. But if you visit during off-season you might be allowed to enter without a reservation. Before visitors are allowed to enter the site they have to go through a security process similar to an airport.