Discover the Night

Cape Lookout National Seashore and the Crystal Coast Stargazers invite you to celebrate International Dark Sky Week in North Carolina’s newest International Dark Sky Park!

Two evenings of public stargazing provided by astronomy club telescopes at the Visitors Center, 1800 Island Road, Harkers Island. Stargazing is free and open to the public. Visitors bringing their own equipment can setup around the water side behind the visitors center building. Camping is not allowed on the mainland, but astronomers may stay with their equipment throughout the night. Free parking is available at the visitors center with overflow at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center.

In addition, Island Express Ferry Service will provide two-hour starlight cruises from Cape Lookout Visitors Center both evenings— April 22 and 23 departing at 7:30 PM. Experience the exceptional quality of the night sky in the park and the nighttime treasure of Cape Lookout Lighthouse. While at the lighthouse, NASA Solar System Ambassador Brandon Porter, will provide a laser pointed tour describing the celestial objects of the night sky from the beach. The cruise will depart the lighthouse at 9:00 PM and arrive back at Harkers Island at 9:30.
The cruises are by reservation only — Adults—$27.00, children (3-11) — $15.00.
For reservations call—252-728-7433

Refreshments will be available for purchase from 11:00AM-8:00PM provided by Shark Island Eats in the parking lot.

Stargazing and cruises are weather dependent. This is a kid-friendly event but we kindly request no pets.

Last updated: March 31, 2022

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