• Cape Lookout Lighthouse from Barden Inlet

    Cape Lookout

    National Seashore North Carolina

Climbing the Cape Lookout Lighthouse

The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is open for climbing from the second week in May to the third weekend in September. Self-guided tours of up to 10 people* will begin every 15 minutes during the hours of operation.

Dates and Hours of Operation
2014 Season
First Climb Begins Last Climb Begins Ticket Window Hours
May 14 to June 28 10:00 AM 3:45 PM 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
July 2 to August 23
(Extended Hours)
10:00 AM 4:45 PM 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
August 27 to September 20 10:00 AM 3:45 PM 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Days of the Week Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
PLUS Sunday, May 25, Sunday, July 6, and Sunday, August 31

Guided moonrise climbs will be offered for the first time in 2014!


 
Cape Lookout Lighthouse

The lighthouse may close at any time if conditions (i.e.: temperature/humidity, lightning, or high winds) are determined to be unsafe.

The seashore will announce on Twitter (www.twitter.com/CapeLookoutNPS) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/CapeLookoutNPS) when lighthouse tickets are sold out for the day and when weather related closures occur.

Tickets are required.

Ticket Prices
Regular Admission $8.00
Children
(12 and under; at least 44 inches tall)
$4.00
Senior Pass
(62 and over)
$4.00
Access Pass
(visitors with permanent disabilities)
$4.00

Please Note: ticket prices do not include the cost of ferry transportation. For more information on ferry services please contact the ferry companies directly.

Tickets may be purchased from WEDNESDAY through SATURDAY at the Light Station Visitor Center during the hours of operation listed above. Tickets are sold on a first come / first served basis.

School groups (public, private, or homeschool) may make advanced reservations by contacting the Education Coordinator at (252) 728-2250 ext. 3002. For more information on field trip planning, please visit our Lighthouse Climb Field Trip Activity page.

Each ticket is good only for the date and time stamped on the ticket. Ticket holders should arrive at the lighthouse 10 minutes before their scheduled climb. Tickets will not be refunded for late arriving guests.

* The safety limit of 10 people in the upper levels of the lighthouse was established by engineers after they examined the structure.

Warning: The climb to the top is strenuous. It may be hot, humid, noisy and dim inside the lighthouse. Climbing the 207 steps to the gallery is roughly equal to climbing a 12-story building. The stairs are narrow and groups going up will share the stairs with groups returning to the bottom.

Visitors with heart, respiratory, or other medical conditions -- or those who have trouble climbing stairs -- should probably not attempt the climb. Visitors who do not wish to climb can view the four outside "View from the Top" exhibits located near the lighthouse Keepers' Quarters, the panorama located in the Keepers' Quarters Museum, and the online panoramas on this website.

 
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Safety Guidelines

Children must be at least 44 inches tall to climb the lighthouse due to the often strong winds at the top that can knock children off their feet.

Climbers who are 12 years old or younger must be accompanied by someone 16 years of age or older.

To keep hands free for handrails, no person may be lifted or carried and food, drinks, and bulky personal items (e.g. backpacks, tripods) should be left outside the lighthouse.

Shoes are required; heels should be less than 1½ inches. Flip-flops are not recommended.

Did You Know?

Portsmouth villagers stand on the steps of their newly completed church in 1915.

Portsmouth Village had as many as 685 people living there near its height in 1860. Buildings still standing there today include a church, Life-Saving Station, post office and school. Cape Lookout National Seashore More...