Lighthouse Ticket Policies
All tickets must be in advance purchased from www.recreaton.gov. You must be at the base of the lighthouse at least 5 minutes prior to tour start. If you are late, you may be denied entry and no refunds will be given. Refunds are only given during weather closures, outlined below.
The Outer Banks experiences various inclement weather conditions that may affect your lighthouse climb. In the event of a lighthouse closure, ticketholders will receive an automatic refund from Recreation.gov within 48 hours of the cancelled climb.
In the event of a thunderstorm:
Rangers will monitor the weather. If there is lightening within 10 miles of the lighthouse OR you can hear thunder, climbs are cancelled. Climbs will resume 30 minutes after the last lightning strike or thunder heard in the area.
In the event of high heat:
If the heat index inside the lighthouse reaches 103°F or higher, climbs are cancelled. The heat index is the combined values of temperature and relative humidity that result in a perceived feel of air temperature. Climbs will resume after the heat index falls to 101°F. If the heat index in the base of the lighthouse remains below 103°F it will remain open for viewing.
In the event of high wind:
Rangers monitor the wind conditions on the balcony throughout the day. If the wind speeds are constant at 35mph or higher OR there are gusts of wind above 40mph, climbs are cancelled. Climbs will resume once the wind speed drops below 35mph or there are no more gusts over 40mph.
In the event of tornados or waterspouts:
During a tornado watch the lighthouse will remain open for climbing if the wind speeds at the balcony allow (see high wind).
If there is a tornado warning or waterspout sighting climbs are cancelled. Rangers will monitor the weather and provide updates. Climbs will resume once the area is clear of the severe weather.