Nightly News | April 09, 2011
>>> with the shutdown avertd, federal workers will ton get paid, and for families heading to national parks , it is drawing mixed reviews. michelle franzen reports.
>> reporter: in lower manhattan , a picture perfect day for a trip to see the statue of liberty . an estimated 10,000 visitors, including the riggs family from baltimore, waited in two-hour long lines to board a boat and get a close-up view.
>> are you really happy you're going to see the statue of liberty ?
>> yes, because it's going to be exciting.
>> reporter: fun for the kid and a relief for mom jesse who worried the park would be shut down.
>> we were very concerned yesterday. we didn't prebuy our tickets.
>> reporter: liberty and ellis islands are part of the 1,000 national parks , monuments and museums spared from closing. in washington, d.c., the national cherry blossom festival parade marched on. and so did visitors.
>> that's the original smithsonian museum .
>> reporter: while the budget crisis was averted.
>>> tourists are still outraged.
>> i think that if anyone else did their job the way our congress is doing their job, that they'd get fired. and i think that they're not worried about it because they are getting their paycheck no matter what happens.
>> reporter: for military families who were faced with paycheck delays, a sigh of relief.
>> it was a relief of knowing that i don't have to make a ton of phone calls to financing companies and where our bills go and stuff.
>> reporter: a return to the tasks at hand and a renewed appreciation for our nation's parks. and there are also a lot of independent businesses that cater to visitors, and they, too, lester, were relieved the public access was not disrupted.
>> michelle franzen here in new