Dragon Fighters of Ladder Six (Walking Tour)

Rated 4.98 out of 5 based on 58 customer ratings
(58 customer reviews)

The “Dragon Fighters” is the nickname given to the NYC firehouse located in Chinatown. This tour is a celebration honoring their heroism and the survivors of “Stairwell B” during the attacks of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Follow the path taken by these first responders and learn how they withstood the collapse of a 110-story tower, while still inside it. By using historical photos of September 11th, we will chronicle the events of that day. Be astonished by the bravery of New York City’s firefighters, which includes the legendary “Dragon Fighters of Ladder Six.” Discover how the “Angel of Stairwell B” helped save a team of firefighters and miracle of the “911 surfer”, who rode down with 88 stories of imploding debris.

This tour concludes at the Memorial Plaza, where you will learn how the new World Trade Center was designed and constructed. You will be inspired by the cathedral arches of a $4 billion transit hub known as the “Oculus.” In addition, we will divulge where the secret underground vault containing $200 million of gold and silver was buried due to the collapse of the towers.

This is the definitive walking tour of Ground Zero featuring the heroes and survivors of September 11th. A portion of the proceeds from this tour will be donated to the Non-Profit FDNY Foundation.
All tours conducted by officially licensed New York City tour guides. Daily tour times: 9:00AM, 12:00PM, and 3:00PM.  Private tours of 20 or more can be reserved for any date by emailing reservations@thermosage.com




58 reviews for Dragon Fighters of Ladder Six (Walking Tour)

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    I can’t rave about Frank and this tour company enough!!!! He was so knowledgeable and so passionate about what he does, you can’t help but feel every emotion he was feeling as it brought us back in time. This is a must do! I happened upon this tour by accident when my tour was cancelled 3 hours prior. (My gain) For anyone that is on the fence about this company DONT be! It was amazing! Small, but in my opinion far better than any large tour out there. Frank was amazing !! Pictures and all !! Would highly, highly recommend. Don’t miss this! Sincerely, Lisa Strydio , Keansburg, New Jersey

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    August 3, 2018

    What an Amazing Dragon Fighters 911 tour with Frank! So informative & heartfelt!! Even our grandson Kamron was fully engaged /mesmerized during the entire tour, the time flew by and even a bit of a shower at the end of our tour did nothing to dampen the effect it had on our day. Kudo’s Frank for a Fantastic job of sharing the amazing behind the scenes story of 911, it’s heroes & it’s effect on All of the people of New York with us. We Will NEVER Forget! All Our Love, Steve, Char & Kamron

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Aditya (verified owner)

    I am so glad we took this tour to WTC. It was informative and educational. Special mention for Mr Frank who was our guide. He took great interest to make sure we were entertained and it’s because of him we were completely in awe of what we saw. Thank you frank and keep up the good work. See you soon. Your friends from india. Regards Bhaavya and Aditya.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Marie (verified owner)

    This was a great tour and we recommand this visit to everybody. Thank you very much Frank

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mike (verified owner)

    Frank..a native New Yorker.. ..did a great job bringing us into NY that fateful day! Interactive, engaging & unpolished by any media machine. Photos were a powerful plus.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Audrey (verified owner)

    Richard is the organizer but his partner Frank is the amazing storyteller who gives a first-hand personal account of the stories behind the World Trade Center bombing. I learned so much that I did not know. I have taken tours all over the world and this was the most educational, moving and memorable. It was a great walking tour not too far but covered everything. He had wonderful and impactful visual aids. Our group had people from all around the world and everyone enjoyed it.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dinie (verified owner)

    Great tour with Frank, he knows all about what happened on 9/11 and he tells his personal story. Impressive!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Liwen (verified owner)

    This tour is extremely well organized and presented. Our guide Frank told a remarkable story of courage and strength against the backdrop of a historic tragedy. His love and respect for all the heroic firefighters resonated with everyone of us. Even my 8-year-old son stayed fully engaged for the entire 2.5 hours. This is an experience not to be missed.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Haynes (verified owner)

    These guys know their stuff and presented the story through the eyes of the firefighters. Great photos and walking tour to give a realistic perspective. Well done!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brian (verified owner)

    Richard’s communication was great. He let us know about what was going on around the 4th of July holiday and how to find our tour guide, Frank. Frank was a great story teller and he had great photos of the places we stopped along the tour to show what the city went through and how far the city has come along since 9/11. I can’t recommend this tour enough. It really helps you to understand what the city was going through that day and appreciate how much work it has taken to get everything back to where it is.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Virginie (verified owner)

    Very interesting 2 hours tour with Frank who had some real stories to explain us about 9/11. We appreciated also that Frank showed us some pictures of the places we visited. Our teenagers really appreciated as well and the use of photos was fine since they were not born at that time.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Christine (verified owner)

    Tour très intéressant et bien organisé, avec plein de photos des événements. Le tour met bien en évidence ce qui s’est passé le 11 septembre, et où ça s’est passé, avec les photos pour comparer l’avant/après. Notre guide était Brendan, son anglais est très compréhensible, et il répond à toutes nos questions, a plein d’ (Website hidden by Airbnb) de détails … A recommander.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joyce (verified owner)

    We met Richard at the start and were guided by Frank on a complete tour. He told the story of 9/11 with passion

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Janine (verified owner)

    This AirBnB experience was really an unexpected surprise. Richard and the tour guide have welcomed me in front of the chapel. From there we started our 2 hour round trip. And as announced, this was off the normal track, around the One World Center and the Ground Zero Monument. Frank the tour guide has put me back with his stories in the time when the disaster happened. He told me about individual destinies, the thoughts and emotions of the people, quick decisions that had to be taken and the effects to this day. He talked about the New Yorkers’ dealings with this disaster, reconstruction, and of some of the great heroes. Thank you Frank for these unforgettable two hours. It was a special experience for me, which I can really recommend.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Christine (verified owner)

    Wow! I’m not a person that usually likes to take historical walking tours (usually because they have their own schedule, feel drawn out, and are only as good as the tour guide (which are mostly dull/superficial from my experience). But I felt very engaged during this tour because of the way it was presented. Andrew was my tour guide and he did a great job at educating me but also entertaining me. Everything was presented as a story, which made the places we walked by and the events that took place there feel more real. Everything was timed right and well – organized. I Richard and Andrew are super. They gave me tons of recommendations of places to eat at and even had a list prepared for me. 10/10 would recommend this tour and other tours with them.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Paola (verified owner)

    No pude tomar la experiencia, des afortunadamente el anfitrión no estuvo al pendiente del chat ni hubo comunicación de su parte para organizar el encuentro.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Emily (verified owner)

    Such a good tour! Our guide was very knowledgable and personable. Richard was great at communicating in advance and offering special insight into the city. Would definitely book a tour through them again.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Katrina (verified owner)

    Our tour guide Frank was amazing!! So knowledgeable and friendly. He goes above and beyond to make the experience unforgettable. It was a truly emotional experience having a true New Yorker with personal ties to 911, take you on the journey through such a horrific moment in history. Thank you Frank! ❤️ Richard was professional and friendly and easy to communicate with! We really appreciated the extra information provided about places to eat and things to do during our visit! Thanks so much!

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Eva (verified owner)

    I find it hard to imagine how 9/11 was for the people in NY, but after this guided tour it starts to sink in. I’ve had the luck to be alone on the tour with two lovely guides who could tell me a lot about ground zero, and also about NY in general. I would recommend this tour to everyone who is curious about 9/11, but also check out the other tours from Richard because he is a guide that tells you more then most other guides. Totally worth it!

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bob (verified owner)

    An excellent tour around the 9/11 memorial site. By walking the site with a knowledgeable tour guide, one gets a true understanding of the events and the impact. Can’t be replicated as a self guided tour – you won’t be sorry you took this tour.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sandy (verified owner)

    It was great to hear Frank tell his stories about heroism and hope during and after 9/11. Seeing the sites before and after the catastrophe and also seeing how it has all been rebuild, made everything come to life.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Philip (verified owner)

    We really enjoyed the tour with Frank (best tour guide). Told us amazing touching storys about 9/11. He really deserves vacations as well … 🙂 We can recommend this tour 100%!

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ameka (verified owner)

    This was an amazing yet emotional tour. The story and pictures were a great asset! Standing in the actual spots where all the events of 911 took place was very surreal & emotional. Learning all the people that lost their lives and all the 1st responders who put their lives at risk & some who lost their lives saving others was amazing to hear. It was very sad to think about. But seeing the waterfalls where each building was is amazing to see. I recommend anyone do this tour if they want to hear the true back story of the events that happened that day. The tour guides were great and kind!

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Barbara (verified owner)

    Our guide was Frank who works with Richard, who was there also. Richard greeted us by name and introduced Frank, a native “New Yawker” which added to the tour. It includes lots of pictures, a detail that sets it from other tours we saw go by. Standing in a place that has been repaired, renewed, it was very impactful to see what it looked like the day of 9/11. You appreciate the enormity of that day and the transformation so much more because of the pictures. A moving tour filled with lots of great stories from Frank. High,y recommend!

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ismail (verified owner)

    Energetic, passionate and well spoken guide that provided a lot of insights about 9/11

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Peggy (verified owner)

    Well we were not exactly with Richard. We were with someone that Richard had contracted. Aside from this slight change in who was actually doing the tour, the tour itself was very informative. Being in a small group made it possible to ask questions and talk more in depth and yet keep pretty much to the schedule.

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ruth (verified owner)

    Our guide was Frank, not Richard. Frank was great, had lots of information and was patient. We did have a small group and the weather was windy and cold, but he did a great job of going over everything and answering questions. The only advice I’d give is there are free tickets for the museum on Tuesdays and you should pick them up after this tour and then get a bite to eat because they give them out from about 3:30-4:30 with a later entry time vs. paying and having immediate admission. I’d go on another tour with Frank again!

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Matty (verified owner)

    A fascinating tour around the area of the World Trade Center well organised by host Richard and expertly guided by the lovely Frank. Sounds wrong to say we enjoyed it bearing in mind the subject matter but there was just the right balance between information, pictures from 9/11 and the human stories that came out of that tragic day. Great attention to detail. Great care of my family group. Lovely interaction with other workers as we walked around. It was quite long but as it was the hottest day of the year so far so we were all getting good exercise. Frank was the perfect guide. He stayed alongside us throughout answering all our questions and sharing from a oersonal perspective rather than just a scripted speech. I would say if you have the time its well worth doing. My daughter even got birthday balloons from Richard. Its that kind of touch that put it above any other guided tour of the site. Cant fault it. We had an experience we will never forget.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    Paul (verified owner)

    We did our tour with Frank. Down to earth and local guide. Had some great stories and was passionate about the tour

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Angela (verified owner)

    Very informative and educational tour. A lot of fascinating detail. The restaurant list was an added bonus. Highly recommend!

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Megan (verified owner)

    Richard provided us with an incredible food breakdown of every inch of NYC which we really appreciated! And Frank was an awesome tour guide who had so much information to share and it really touched us. Great tour and worth the investment!

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gina (verified owner)

    Frank did our tour, and as a New Yorker his love and enthusiasm for this city and its people is so sincere and contagious. He did a beautiful job covering many aspects of 9/11 we had and had not yet heard about. It was a very moving and yet fun two hours. Thanks, Frank!!!

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jonathan (verified owner)

    A great experience of World Trade Center sites with a narrative-style tour. Both Richard and his partner were very friendly and considerate of my interests. They had no problems answering my questions as our tour progressed around WTC 1. I would recommend their tour if you’re interested in the World Trade Center and the related memorials.

  34. Rated 5 out of 5


    Frank is the absolute best tour guide in NYC. His friends from Texas love him and can’t wait to see him again. God bless you and your family Frank. See you soon. Love from Texas.

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    Andrew (verified owner)

    Amazing tour! Andrew is very nice and knows a lot! Great value!

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    Matt (verified owner)

    Such a moving experience. Richard was very prompt to reply to everything. Frank, our guide, was brilliant, using photos and answering all our questions and giving a personal touch to stories we had only scratched the surface of before. Very highly recommended – it will give you a whole new perspective and appreciation of what happened that fateful day and the heroism of the first responders.

  37. Rated 5 out of 5


    Frank was a fantastic tour guide! His local insight and personable demeanor made it feel like we were touring lower Manhattan with a good friend of many years. Frank was also very knowledgeable, well-spoken and had a great sense of humor. The story of the Dragon Fighters was inspiring and made us proud to be from the tri-state area. All around a great experience!

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    Pedro (verified owner)

    Frank was a great tour guide, was a 2 house guide and spent nearly 4 hours going above and beyond doing in great detail of everything about New York!

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    Edward (verified owner)

    Loved the expert knowledge of a born and raised New Yorker! Timeline of the NYFD heroes along with descriptive real photos- created a vast learning experience. My 14 yr old won’t forget it, neither will I.

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stephen (verified owner)

    This was an awesome tour. Frank was our guide and he did an awesome job taking us through the story and retracing the footsteps of the NY firefighters on 911. He shared some personal connections with some of the firefighters who perished and seemed very proud of being able to immortalize the memories of his friends and all those who perished through his tour. I highly recommend taking this tour.

  41. Rated 5 out of 5


    We Loved our Tour with Frank! He did a great job of explaining details of what had happened on 9/11. For someone who was not a New Yorker he shared details that the average American would have not known. At the end of the tour we felt that frank was our buddy and not a tour guide. We were very happy with the choice of picking Thermosage for our walking tour.

  42. Rated 5 out of 5

    ph1114 (verified owner)

    Great tour. Absolutely outstanding guide, Marc!

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    K Alecock – mantonSuffolk (verified owner)

    Andrew was very kind to let us join his tour when the company that we had booked with let us down and didn’t show up. He is a very good tour guide and very informative and helpful about everything in New York. Would recommend highly.

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tina L

    This was really good tour. Frank was awesome wish all tour guides were Frank!

  45. Rated 5 out of 5


    This is an excellent tour! Andrew’s stories of September 11 were mesmerizing and he was able to captivate everyone in the group. We appreciated hearing the stories of rescue and survival by first responders.

  46. Rated 5 out of 5


    We thought Brendan provided an exquisite and thoughtful tour of the ground zero site. The fact that he was in the city during the event added a poignant and touching perspective to our experience of which we are grateful that he shared. The historical and customized photos he had were incredible. It really help bring the bravely of Ladder Six into view. Loved this tour. A must for visitors.

  47. Rated 5 out of 5


    We enjoyed this tour. It was very informative and inspiring. We could feel pride for the first responders including the fire company of Ladder Six. All thanks to Frank, the best tour guide in New York!

  48. Rated 5 out of 5


    I really enjoyed the 911 tour, and can definitely recommend it! Frank did an amazing job with a lot of background information regarding New York City’s firefighters heroism!

  49. Rated 5 out of 5


    Frank was absolutely brilliant! He’s a natural tour guide. I told stories of the bravely of ladder 6 and how the rescued many people during September 11th. Frank was very entertaining but still remained respectful of the Memorial. I already loved and know New York pretty well, having visited 6 times in 8 years. But Frank still came up with great suggestions of where to visit and places to eat. Frank is a knowledgeable, passionate, well-spoken, guide. I recommend this tour especially with Frank to everyone!

  50. Rated 4 out of 5

    Dale R

    A telling of the events of 911 through the experiences of a firefighter unit. Thorough and a good walk around the entire area. Perhaps a little too-much detail but great enthusiasm for the subject matter. Knowledgeable tour guide and able to answer all of our questions. It is long so if you don’t have the patience for it, chose something shorter. Our group enjoyed it very much.

  51. Rated 5 out of 5

    Immer Wieder

    Super Tourguide und kleinste Gruppe

  52. Rated 5 out of 5

    Robert S

    Our tour guide Andrew was very pleasant, knowledgeable, and informative.

  53. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brigid Anne B

    walking around with the good information provided is well worth the money. I learned more about New York that I would otherwise. This was my second trip to the memorial and I wish I had taken the walking tour first.

  54. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bobby B

    This was a great tour honoring the heroes of 911. Happy we did this one with a guide that told and showed us the events of September 11th. Very informative and touching. Our teenage son also enjoyed the tour. We highly recommend!

  55. Rated 5 out of 5

    Annie A

    Our tour guide Alison kept us as dry on a miserable rainy day. She showed us never seen photos of the events and shared many arcane details. Very friendly and knowledgeable.

  56. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jane A

    A beautifully organized and well thought out tour to remember. We walked through the complexes in awe as we relived the events of 9/11. The tour guide took us through a timeline of the events with historical photos from the attacks to the rescues, which highlighted the heroes, NYC firefighters. I couldn’t put into works how much I enjoyed the tour and how touched I was.

  57. Rated 5 out of 5

    Yishan T

    love it,our tour guide Andrew was so knowledgeable as he detailed the history of 911, he spoke loudly and very plainly so as entire group could heard his comments. I learn a lot of behind the scene of what happened, I also love the way he used photo of the before and after the events. It’s not just historical narration, but with great photos.

  58. Rated 5 out of 5

    Globe Walker

    This was a really great tour. Our tour guide Andrew did an amazing job narrating the events of 9/11. He included the story of ladder 6 the survivors of stairwell b. It was a cold day so I was glad most of the tour took place indoors. Our guide had many historical photos of that day. He used those photos as a contrast between how a place looked during the day of 9/11 and how it looks today. Wow! Revealing!! Worth every penny. If possible, get Andrew as your tour guide.

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