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NPS Offers Sun Rise Tour of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111
As a very special experience for the visiting public and local communities, the National Park Service will be offering the first Sun Rise Tour of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse on the morning of Thursday, August 31. The single tour will be given at 6:15 a.m. and is limited to 30 people. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Sun Rise Tour ticket sales will start on Tuesday, August 29. The lighthouse ticket booth is open from 8:15 a.m. to 5:40 p.m. daily. Sun Rise Tour tickets are non-refundable.
As there are no lights inside the lighthouse, pre-dawn climbers will navigate the 257 step staircase using handheld flashlights. In the lantern room, visitors will be able to view the light up close and in motion before it automatically turns off after the break of dawn - a truly unique experience. Outside on the lighthouse balcony (weather cooperating) 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 sun as it rises over the horizon.
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Did You Know?
The U.S. Weather Bureau Station on Hatteras Island was built in 1901 and was one of 11 stations built around the country. It is one of only three remaining stations nationwide, and the only one in the nation restored to its 1901 condition. The station was reopened in 2007 to house a visitor center.