Government shutdown: Skip these tourist spots

The Statue of Liberty is closed because of a government shutdown.  Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images
The Statue of Liberty is closed because of a government shutdown.
Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

In addition to furloughing hundreds of thousands of federal workers, the government shutdown has ruined vacation plans and field trips all over the country. While the post office and airports remain open, the government shutdown means all national parks and historic sites are closed, as well as museums run by the Smithsonian Institute. The impact extends beyond federal employees: People like food vendors near the Statue of Liberty or the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C., will also find their jobs in jeopardy.

Ninety-one Mississippi World War II veterans disregarded the barricades around the World War II Memorial in D.C. today and entered the memorial to much applause, reported Gulf Live. Congressman Bill Huizenga of Michigan told Gulf Live, “This is the best civil disobedience we’ve seen in Washington in a while.” But other visitors won’t find it as easy to enter government-run tourist sites around the nation. Make sure to leave the following spots off your itinerary in New York, Philadelphia and Boston.

New York City:
Young students will find their field trips to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island canceled, though tourists will still be able to take privately run cruises near the sites. History buffs will miss out on Federal Hall on Wall Street and Theodore Roosevelt’s birthplace, a restored brownstone museum and National Historic Site, on East 20th Street. The National Museum of the American Indian, which is part of the Smithsonian Institute, is also closed.

Philadelphia:
The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall are closed, much to the chagrin of the nearly 10,000 tourists who visit each day. Both Independence National Historical Park and Valley Forge National Historical Park are also closed.

Boston:
Tourists hoping to get a glimpse of historic Boston will find major obstacles on their trip as many sites are closed. Visitors will not be able to step up on the USS Constitution or visit the Constitution Museum at the Charlestown Navy Yard. The Bunker Hill Monument and museum in Charlestown are also closed, as are the Faneuil Hall Visitor Center, Boston Harbor Islands Visitor Pavilion and Beacon Hill’s African Meeting House. Tourists will also not be able to participate in guided tours on the Freedom Trail.


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