Cape Lookout National Seashore is open 24 hours and 365 days a year. Operating hours for visitor centers and other services will vary throughout the year.
Harkers Island Visitor Center:
- Summer Hours (April - October): open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Winter Hours (November - March): open Monday - Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm
closed Sundays, New Year's, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Days
- Summer Hours (April - October): open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Winter Hours (November-March): open Tuesday - Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
closed Sunday, Monday, New Year's, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Days.
Light Station Visitor Center & Keepers' Quarters Museum are open from April to November and from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Cabin Offices at Great Island and Long Point are open from mid-March to the end of November from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Portsmouth Village Visitor Center is open from April to October (hours vary).
Park administrative offices are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed all government holidays)
Services available seasonally
Ferry service: Passenger ferry service to Shackleford Banks and to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse is available all year (weather dependent). Vehicle ferry service is available from mid-March to the first weekend in December.
Beach Shuttle: Truck transportation from the Cape Lookout Light Station to the point of Cape Lookout is available from mid-May to mid-September.
Cabin rentals are available from mid-March to the end of November.