After last week's announcement by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar (first reported here) that the Statue of Liberty's crown will again be accessible to visitors, little has been released regarding the details. This we do know:
- The crown will be open to visitors on July 4, 2009 for two years, after which it will again be closed for work on a permanent safety and security renovation.
- Park rangers will lead groups of 10 up the 168 winding stairs to the crown. 3 groups per hour will be permitted.
- No system has yet been announced to determine who will actually be able to climb the steps to the crown.
In the meantime the base, pedestal and observation deck are still available inside the Statue for visitors. However guests need a ferry ticket and an advance reserved ticket in order to get inside. These reserved tickets can be difficult to get, particularly during busy tourist seasons in New York City.
Our recommendation is to participate in NYCVP's Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Escorted Tour, which departs daily through September 14 (Friday through Monday after September 14). Tickets to get inside the Statue are an included feature of the Tour.
The Tour leaves from a convenient midtown Manhattan location, close to all major Theater District, Broadway and Times Square hotels. Subway fare and ferry ticket is included as well.
For more information about the easiest way to visit the Statue of Liberty, click here or paste in your browser: http://www.nyctrip.com/Pages/Details.aspx?TourID=11