For travelers who want to be among the first to tour the Statue of Liberty when it reopens July 4, tickets are on sale for the ferry ride and tour options of the iconic landmark.
The Statue of Liberty has been closed since Oct. 29 when Superstorm Sandy flooded Liberty Island and damaged a dock, brick walkways and the electrical system. The National Park Service in March promised to reopen the tourist attraction by the Fourth of July.
Tickets to visit Liberty Island from July 4 to Sept. 2 may be purchased online or by phone, (201) 604-2800, with Statue Cruises. Because of high demand, reservations are strongly recommended.
Tourists have a choice of three reservation options with a ferry ride from Battery Park in New York City:
--Access to the grounds of the Statue of Liberty ($17 for adults, $9 for children 4 to 12 years old);
--Access to the museum and pedestal of the statue (same price as above);
--Access to the crown, museum and pedestal inside the statue ($20 for adults, $12 for children).
Tours also include a stop at nearby Ellis Island National Monument, but access to the immigration landmark may be limited on July 4 and beyond as work continues to repair storm damage.
For those content with seeing the statue from afar, the ferry-tour company offers hour-long cruises of New York Harbor from Battery Park every 30 minutes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets cost $24 for adults, $12 children.
Info: Statue Cruises, (201) 604-2800