Full Moon Tour of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse June 23
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-475-9034
As a special experience for the visiting public and local communities, the National Park Service will be offering Full Moon Climbs of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse the evening of Sunday, June 23, 2013.Two tours will be given; one at 8:30 p.m. and a second at 9:30 p.m. and each tour is limited to 30 people. Tickets must be purchased in advance.The full moon climb ticket sales will start on Friday, June 21, 2013. The lighthouse ticket booth is open from 8:15 a.m. to 5:40 p.m. daily and tickets for this event are non-refundable.
As there are no lights inside the lighthouse, climbers will navigate the 257 stair staircase using handheld flashlights.During the climb, park rangers will provide stories of the arduous duties of the lighthouse keepers.From the watch room, visitors will be able to view the light up close and in motion and hear of the operation of the beacon, past and present – a truly unique experience. Outside on the lighthouse balcony (weather permitting) climbers will get a glimpse of what the lighthouse keepers of old were able to experience – seeing that beam of light reaching out to sea and the reflection of the newly risen moon on the ocean.
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Did You Know?
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest brick structure ever moved. When it was built in 1870, it stood 1,500 feet from the shore. By 1999, the lighthouse was within 100 feet of the ocean. To protect it from the encroaching sea, it was moved inland a total of 2,900 feet over a 23-day period.