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Contact: Mary Doll, 252-473-2111
Grab your flashlight and experience a lighthouse at night by joining the National Park Service on a Full Moon Tour of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Hear stories of keepers of old, view the working light close up in the lantern room, and catch the reflection off the Atlantic Ocean of the newly-risen full moon as you stand on the lighthouse balcony.
Tickets are required and must be purchased in advance online through www.recreation.gov, starting at 10 am Eastern Daylight Time, three days prior to the tour date. Tickets are $8 per adult, and $4 for children (11 and under) and seniors (62 and older). The number of visitors on each tour is limited--it is best to purchase your ticket early.
Full Moon Tours will take place on:
· May 21 at 8 pm and 9 pm (ticket sales start at 10 am, May 18)
· June 20 at 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm (ticket sales start at 10 am, June17)
· July 19 at 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm (ticket sales start at 10 am, July 16)
· August 18 at 8 pm and 9 pm (ticket sales start at 10 am, August 15)
· September 16 at 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm (ticket sales start at 10 am, September 13)
Tours may be canceled if weather conditions are unsafe, i.e. high winds, storms, and/or lightning in the area.
Children joining the climb must be at least 42-inches tall and must climb the steps on their own—they cannot be carried. Also, keep in mind that some youngsters may not enjoy the dimly lit, sometimes claustrophobic environment. Children 11 years of age and younger must be accompanied by an adult (16 or older).
Prior to purchasing tickets, consider your own limitations and those of your group. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse has 257 steps from the ground to the balcony level--equal to climbing a 12-story building. The lighthouse is tall, dark, often hot and humid, and can be a challenge to climb. There is no air conditioning or internal lights.