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    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Fee Increase Announced

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Date: April 19, 2013
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111

Superintendent Barclay Trimble announced that beginning Saturday, April 20, 2013 the climbing fee for Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will increase for the season.Climbing tickets for Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will be $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for senior citizens (62 or older), children 11 years of age and under, and those holding a National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Access Pass.Tickets are available on a first come/first served basis and can only be purchased in-person at the site the day of the climb.There are no advance ticket sales for the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.Children must be at least 42" tall.Children under 12 must be escorted by a person at least 16 years old.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse fee has not increased in five years.The National Park Service accepted public comments for thirty days on the proposed fee increase.The public comment period ended March 9, 201.All comments were reviewed and included as part of the decision making process. The revenue generated at the lighthouse is used to support staff and maintenance at the site.It is also used to construct or maintain park facilities throughout the Seashore.

For additional climb information, check the park website at www.nps.gov/caha or contact the park at 252-473-2111.

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Did You Know?

A navigational chart showing Cape Hatteras and Diamond Shoals

When the Home sank on Diamond Shoals off of Cape Hatteras in 1837, there were only two life jackets for all 130 people on board. Ninety people died. Congress passed the Steamboat Act the next year, requiring all vessels to carry one life jacket per passenger.