Statue of Liberty reopens after changes
New York -- The Statue of Liberty was closed for 100 days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Since December 2001, visitors have been permitted on Liberty Island but not inside the statue.
That will soon change. A multimillion-dollar renovation of the famous icon of freedom is scheduled to be completed late this summer, allowing visitors to enter the base of the statue, which features a museum about the statue's history and construction.
Guests will also have access to an observation deck on top of the statue's 16-story pedestal.
The renovations range from safety and security measures, such as improved exits and visitor screenings, to a new reservations ticketing system designed to eliminate long lines.
'Goodnight Moon' illustrator in exhibit
Orlando, Fla. -- An exhibit of work by the illustrator of the favorite children's book "Goodnight Moon" will be on display this summer in Orlando.
The Orlando Museum of Art will present illustrations by artist Clement Hurd from May 29 to Sept. 5.
Hurd, who studied in Paris with the renowned painter Fernand Leger, illustrated the classic picture book, "Goodnight Moon." Written by Margaret Wise Brown, the book has sold 7 million copies since it was published in 1947.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday; and noon to 4 p.m. weekends. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children age 6 to 18 and free for children under 5. Visit www.OMArt.org for more information.
St. Louis hotels offer summer packages
St. Louis -- If you're planning a visit to St. Louis between now and the end of August, you'll want a copy of the Great St. Louis Getaways Guide.
The guide describes hotel package deals for a variety of interests, including Lewis & Clark-themed packages and deals celebrating the centennial of the 1904 World's Fair. Packages range from $59 bargains to $675 spa stays. To get a free copy of the guide, call (800) 916-0040.