Cape Lookout Lighthouse Moonrise Tour Dates Extended By Popular Demand


Cape Lookout National SeashoreIf you've vacationed on North Carolina's Crystal Coast, you know that a day trip to Cape Lookout National Seashore and the Cape Lookout Lighthouse are a must on your vacation itinerary. Only accessible by ferry or boat, it's an experience you'll not soon forget. The fifty-five miles of Cape Lookout's unspoiled barrier island shorelines offer spectacular panoramic coastal views, as well as your favorite beach activities including shelling, fishing, birding, horse-watching, camping and more.

You can read more about what a day trip to Cape Lookout has to offer if you're interested. We highly recommend it.

Cape Lookout Moonrise Tours were a new addition to Cape Lookout National Seashore's 2014 calendar. As evidence of the event's popularity, additional dates have been added in September. So if you haven't taken your Cape Lookout Moonrise Tour yet, don't delay! The additional dates are coming up soon, just after the Labor Day holiday. Reservations for the Moonrise Tours of Cape Lookout Lighthouse can be made for Thursday, September 4, Friday September 5, and Saturday, September 6. Each date is limited to 40 visitors and advance reservations are required.

Even if you've been to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse in the past, we promise that you haven't experienced it like this. You'll need to bring your own flashlight, just as the light keepers did in times past in the dark of night on the island. You'll hear their stories as you watch the moon rise over the Atlantic Ocean and reflect off of the local Core Sounds waters.

Four 30-minute tours are offered on each date with a limit of 10 tickets for each tour group. Tours begin at 7:30p.m., 7:45p.m., 8p.m, and 8:15p.m. on each date. There is one ferry trip on each date for all of the climbs that night; the ferry departs Harkers Island at 7p.m and returns at about 9:30p.m. Visitors are expected to arrive for the tour no later than 6:40p.m. During the climb, the Keepers Quarters Museum is open, too.

Tickets for the Cape Lookout Lighthouse Moonrise Tours must be purchased in advance and are non-refundable unless the trip is canceled due to safety concerns, such as high wind and lightning. Otherwise, the tour is held rain or shine. Reservations for the Moonrise Tours can be made Monday through Friday between 9a.m. and 4p.m. To make a reservation, call 252.728.2250, extension 3020.

The cost for the tour and climb is $23 for adults, $12 for children (11 and under), $19 for seniors (62 and older), and $19 for Access Pass holders (for the Moonrise Tours the ferry cost is included in the price of the program.) Cape Lookout Lighthouse

Children joining the climb must be at least 44-inches tall and must climb the steps on their own—they cannot be lifted or carried. Children 12 years of age and younger must be accompanied by an adult (16 or older). Footwear is required as well.

There are additional Cape Lookout Lighthouse climbs scheduled throughout the year, in addition to the Moonrise Tours. You can read more about them here.

We hope you have an amazing Labor Day holiday, and we certainly hope you have plans to spend Labor Day on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. If you have made your reservations for the Moonrise Tour of Cape Lookout Lighthouse, let us know. We would love to hear about it. Happy climbing!