Change in Harkers Island Visitor Center Hours
The Harkers Island Visitor Center is open Sunday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Morehead City Harbor Dredged Material Management Plan
Cape Lookout National Seashore is a cooperating agency in the Morehead City Harbor Integrated Dredged Material Management Plan being developed by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. The full plan draft can be downloaded from the following link. More »
Seashore Announces Its July 2011 Interpretive Program Schedule
Contact: Wouter Ketel, 252-728-2250 ext. 3005
Tickets are required. Purchase your tickets at the
The seashore will announce on Twitter (www.twitter.com/CapeLookoutNPS) – when lighthouse tickets are sold out for the day and when any weather related closures occur.
Lighting the Way (Daily, 15 minutes)
Come learn the history of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse and the life of a lighthouse keeper. Programs begin at 11:00 AM, 1:30 PM, and 3:30 PM on the porch of the Assistant Keepers’ Quarters next to the Lighthouse.
Discovery Cart (Daily, 30 minutes)
Come and discover what lies beneath the waters of Cape Lookout National Seashore at our Discovery Cart. Learn about horseshoe crabs, loggerhead sea turtles, sea urchins, sharks, whales, shells, and the creatures of that live within them, and much more! Program begins 12:30 PM at the Light Station Pavilion near the ferry dock.
Seashore Treasure ID (Daily, 15 minutes)
What is it? Is it still alive? How did it get here? Bring your beach treasures and discover the answers to these questions and more! Our knowledgeable staff will be available during this time with field guides, magnifying glasses, and other materials to help you. Program begins at 2:00 PM at the Light Station Pavilion near the ferry dock.
Life of a Keeper (Daily, 30 minutes)
Lighthouse Keepers were dedicated men and women who kept the light burning through fair weather and hurricanes. Come and discover how they, and their families, managed to keep the light burning. Program begins at 3:00 PM at the Light Station Pavilion near the ferry dock.
Island Exploration (Offered Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 30 minutes)
Come join a Park Ranger for new adventures at Cape Lookout National Seashore. From the ocean to the sound, from the sea to the sky, these programs will take you on a different encounter with nature each day. Program begins at 10:30 AM. Meet at the Light Station Pavilion near the ferry dock.
Coastal Heroes (Offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 30 minutes)
Heroes come from all walks of life. Lighthouse Keepers, U.S. Life-Saving Service surfmen, U.S. Coast Guard, and local residents have shown strength and courage throughout history. Come and hear the adventurous stories of their heroic actions. Program begins at 10:30 AM at the Light Station Pavilion near the ferry dock.
Come learn how the native plants and animals survive with the constant threat of the force of nature and enjoy a pleasant hike with great views and a chance to see shore birds, crabs and other island life. Programs begin at 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM at the
Ribbon of Sand (Film) (Daily upon request, 26 minutes)
This film offers spectacular imagery, including aerial and underwater photography, to describe the
A shorter (16 minute) version of this film is shown daily in the mini-theater in the Keepers’ Quarters Museum near the lighthouse.
Join a Park Ranger or a park volunteer for this guided tour through historic
Did You Know?
A lighthouse can be identified by its daymark (painted pattern) or by its light flash pattern. Cape Lookout Lighthouse has a diagonal checker pattern and a single short flash of light every fifteen seconds. Cape Lookout National Seashore More...