They were gone by Oct. 24," says Mindi Rambo, public affairs specialist for the National Park Service.
"The toughest times to get tickets will be high demand periods, including major holiday weekends, summer weekends and weekdays," Rambo
Because it is an "international icon," Rambo
says, the statue annually attracts more than 3.5 million visitors.
When work is finished, there'll be better access for visitors in wheelchairs (who will be able to ascend to the pedestal level), upgraded bathrooms and air conditioning to keep the interior of the statue cooler on hot summer days.
Visitors who make the climb to the crown sometimes are surprised and disappointed by the view, Rambo
Why? "They're expecting to see the New York City skyline.
They don't realize she
faces out to sea, in the direction of ships approaching the harbor."
What will they see?
says, "They'll view a small portion of lower Manhattan, a little bit of Brooklyn, Governors Island, the Verrazano Bridge, Staten Island and a bit of Bayonne."
People generally enjoy seeing the Eiffel framework inside the statue, which was designed by the same man who created Paris' Eiffel tower, Rambo
"There's no turning back," Rambo
Holders of crown tickets walk past the statue's original torch - the first part of the statue to be constructed in 1876 - and "are amazed by its towering size," Rambo
Public access to the first torch, the highest point of the statue, was closed off in 1916 and was never reopened.
In 1984, the original torch was replaced by a new one fashioned of copper and covered in 24 carat gold leaf.
Visitors going to Liberty and Ellis islands, accessible only by Statue Ferries, should expect airline-style security before boarding.
says, "Visitors should arrive about 30 minutes before the ferry departure time from Liberty State Park, so their belongings can be X-rayed and there's time to walk through metal detectors.