Evening at the Cape

Cape Lookout Lighthouse at night with a moon in the sky and light showing from the lantern room at the top

NPS Photo

This special program is offered on select dates during the months of June, July, August, September and October. Bring your own flashlight and experience the island and the lighthouse as the keepers did: in the dark of night. Hear stories of the light keepers, watch the sunset and moon and stars come out on the unlit beaches of Cape Lookout National Seashore. Discover a different side to your favorite beach!

The cost of the program is $28 per person (price includes ferry fee) and is non-refundable (weather dependent). Reservations are required. There will be only one ferry trip on each date for Evening at the Cape. The ferry will depart Harkers Island at 7:30 pm and return at about 10:00 pm for the June through August programs. Departure and return times will be adjusted for the fall programs as the sunset will occur earlier.

(Help for GPS users: 1800 Island Road, Harkers Island, 28531 will bring you to the main parking lot at the Harkers Island Visitors Center)

Children joining the climb must be at least 44-inches tall and able to climb the steps on their own. Children 12 years of age and younger must be accompanied by an adult (16 or older). Footwear is required as well. Learn more about climbing the lighthouse...

Reservations for the evening programs will be accepted on Monday of the week prior to each month's dates. All reservations must be made online through Recreation.gov. You will need to create a profile (or account) on this website before you can complete your reservation.

2019 Evening at the Cape Dates

June -- Tickets go on sale Monday, June 3rd at 10 A.M. EDT

  • Thursday, June 13
  • Friday, June 14
  • Saturday, June 15
July -- Tickets go on sale Saturday, June 29th at 10 A.M. EDT
  • Thursday, July 11
  • Friday, July 12
  • Saturday, July 13
August -- Tickets go on sale Saturday, July 27th at 10 A.M. EDT
  • Thursday, August 08
  • Friday, August 09
  • Saturday, August 10
September -- Tickets go on sale Saturday, August 24th at 10 A.M. EDT
  • Friday, September 06
  • Saturday, September 07
October -- Tickets go on sale Saturday, September 21st at 10 A.M. EDT
  • Friday, October 04
  • Saturday, October 05

Last updated: June 20, 2019

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