Lookout light at night

Cape Lookout National Seashore evening programs include opportunities to climb the lighthouse at night. The first of these night programs for the summer will be offered from Thursday, June 13 to Saturday, June 15. (Dylan Ray photo)

Cape Lookout National Seashore has announced this year’s Evening at the Cape programs, featuring a ferry ride at dusk and a chance to take in the view from the Cape Lookout Lighthouse around sunset.  

The first set of programs will take place Thursday, June 13, Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15.  

Those participating in the after-sunset excursions should bring a camera to experience South Core Banks and the lighthouse as the light keepers did in the dark of night.  

Participants will be able to 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,” said Cape Lookout National Seashore Superintendent Jeff West in a recent press release.

Reservations are required for the ranger-led programs and can be made at recreation.gov.  Each of the three tour nights will be able to accommodate a maximum of 40 participants.

The cost of the program is $28, which includes the ferry fee. The program is non-refundable and those attending should 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 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. For more information, go to:   go.nps.gov/eveningatcape.htm.

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

•    Thursday, July 11

•    Friday, July 12

•    Saturday, July 13

•    Tickets for July go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, July 1.

•    Thursday, Aug. 8

•    Friday, Aug. 9

•    Saturday, Aug. 10

Tickets for August go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, July 29.

•    Friday, Sept. 6

•    Saturday, Sept. 7

Tickets for September go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26.        

•    Friday, Oct. 4

•    Saturday, Oct. 5

Tickets for October go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23.

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