Cape Lookout At Night

Grab your flashlight, walking shoes and a friend and experience Cape Lookout National Seashore and the lighthouse as the keepers once did, in the dark of night. Hear stories of the light keepers, watch the sun set and moon and stars come out on the unlit beaches of Cape Lookout National Seashore, opening up a whole new side to your favorite beach.

Make plans now for an Evening at Cape Lookout Lighthouse Aug. 27-29 and Sept. 24-26. Reservations can be made by calling 252-725-9373 one week prior to the event.

The cost of the program is $23 per person, which includes all necessary ferry fees. Tickets are nonrefundable. There will be one evening ferry trip on each date; the ferry will depart from the park service headquarters on Harkers Island at 7:30pm and return about 10pm. Climbs up the lighthouse are staggered throughout the adventure, allowing visitors the chance to explore the island.

It’s important to note that this is a strenuous climb. Completed in 1859, the lighthouse is 163 feet tall and has 207 steps to its gallery, equaling that of about a 12-story building. Visitors with heart, respiratory or other medical conditions are advised not to attempt the climb.

Children joining the climb must be at least 44 inches tall and able to climb the steps on their own. Children 12 years of age and younger must be accompanied by an adult (16 or older). Appropriate footwear is required for all climbers. For more information about climbing the lighthouse visit

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