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.

2018 Evening at the Cape Dates

June -- Tickets go on sale Monday, June 11th at 10 A.M. EDT

  • Thursday, June 21
  • Friday, June 22
  • Saturday, June 23
July -- Tickets go on sale Monday, July 9th at 10 A.M. EDT
  • Thursday, July 19
  • Friday, July 20
  • Saturday, July 21
August -- Tickets go on sale Monday, August 6th at 10 A.M. EDT
  • Thursday, August 16
  • Friday, August 17
  • Saturday, August 18
September -- Tickets go on sale Monday, September 3rd at 10 A.M. EDT
  • Friday, September 14
  • Saturday, September 15
October -- Tickets go on sale Monday, October 8th at 10 A.M. EDT
  • Friday, October 19
  • Saturday, October 20

Last updated: June 4, 2018

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Harkers Island, NC 28531


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