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Want to climb Liberty's crown? Make a reservation

2009-06-11 03:41:07 GMT2009-06-11 11:41:07 (Beijing Time)

The front of the Statue of Liberty is viewed during a media tour to the crown May 20, 2009. From July 4 small numbers of tourists will be allowed inside the statue, climbing the 168 steps to her seven-rayed crown. (AFP/Timothy A. Clary)

United States Park Ranger Kenya Finley looks out the window of the crown of the Statue of Liberty during a media tour May 20, 2009. (AFP/Timothy A. Clary)

NEW YORK – People eager to climb to the Statue of Liberty's crown can start calling Saturday for reservations.

The crown is set to open July 4 after being closed since shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The National Park Service says would-be visitors can seek reservations through the Web site or by calling 877-523-9849 beginning Saturday at 10 a.m. EDT. It says reservations will be first come, first served.

Crown tickets will cost $3 above the regular Liberty and Ellis islands admission charge, which is $12 for adults. Each customer can reserve up to four tickets and make only one reservation every six months.

For safety reasons, only 30 people per hour will be allowed up the narrow steps leading to the crown.

The statue's base, pedestal and outdoor observation deck reopened in 2004.


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