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Photograph: National Park ServiceView from the crown of the Statue of Liberty
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Photograph: National Park ServiceInside the Statue of Liberty's crown

The Statue of Liberty's crown reopens Oct 28; tickets available now

After a yearlong renovation program, the Statue of Liberty's crown is reopening to the public. Book your tickets now.

By Jonathan Shannon
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Tickets to the Statue of Liberty's crown are available to reserve on statuecruises.com, with booking currently open for the period between October 28 and December 31, 2012, Thursdays through Sundays. Spaces tend to go fast, so reserve yours now—especially since there's no extra charge for ascending the 393 stairs. More dates in 2013 will be released later.

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The crown closed in October 2011 for the final of four stages of renovations, which included improving the stairs and fire-safety provisions in the pedestal, as well as the temperature control inside the statue. Access was halted after the attacks of September 11, 2001, and reinstated on July 4, 2009.

We highly recommend delaying a trip to this top New York attraction until you can secure tickets to the crown. The climb up the double-helix staircase affords a view of the literal nuts and bolts, beams and tie-down straps that prevent the iconic symbol of liberty and freedom from swaying in high winds. And then there's the sweeping views of lower Manhattan, Brooklyn and the harbor from one of 25 windows in the crown itself.

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