Night light

The next Evening at the Cape program will take place Thursday-Saturday, July 11-13. Registration opens Saturday, June 29. (Dylan Ray photo)

Cape Lookout National Seashore will host installments of Evening at the Cape programming Thursday, July 11, Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13.  

The twilight, ranger-led excursions feature a ferry ride at dusk and a chance to take in the view from the Cape Lookout Lighthouse around sunset.  

Participants can bring their own camera and experience South Core Banks and the lighthouse as the light keepers did in the dark of night.  

They will hear stories from the past as the day turns into night at the national seashore.  

“This is a great opportunity to witness your favorite beach under the calm of the starry sky,” Cape Lookout Superintendent Jeff West said in a recent press release.

Reservations are required for the programs, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 29 at  

Each of the three tour nights will be able to accommodate a maximum of 40 participants.

The cost of the program is $28. The price includes the ferry fee. It is nonrefundable and weather dependent.

Those participating should be sure to check their party in with the ranger at 7 p.m., as the ranger program begins promptly at 7:15 p.m.    

All participants will travel together on a single ferry that departs from Harkers Island shortly after the program begins and returns to Harkers Island by approximately 10 p.m.

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 or someone over the age of 16.  

Footwear is required, as well.

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There will be additional opportunities throughout the summer to participate in Evening at the Cape:

•    Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 8-10. Tickets for August go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 27.

•    Friday-Saturday, Sept. 6-7. Tickets for September go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24.

•    Friday-Saturday, Oct. 4-5. Tickets for October go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.

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