Island and Cape Hatteras
lighthouses to open on April 18
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras
Lighthouses will open for the season on Friday, April 18.
tours will be offered at the Bodie Island Lighthouse. Visitors can
climb the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse at set intervals. These
lighthouses will remain open through Columbus Day, Monday, October
13. Tickets are required.
Additionally, the Museum
of the Sea at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and the Fort Raleigh
National Historic Site Visitor Center are now open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
seven days a week.
The National Park Service invites members of
the local Outer Banks communities and park visitors to tour/climb the
lighthouses on Friday, April 18, at no charge. Free tickets
be available on a first-come, first-served basis and can be obtained
only in-person, that day, on-site.
Island Lighthouse Tour Information
tours for the Bodie Island Lighthouse will run from 9 a.m. to 5:45
p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for senior citizens (62
older), children 11 years of age and under, and persons with
disabilities. Tour tickets may be purchased on site on the
the tour or may be reserved in advance.
Tours start every 35
minutes and are 45-minutes long. Each guided tour is limited
22 people. Children must be at least 42 inches
Children under 12 must be escorted by a person at least 16 years
old. For additional tour information, check the park website www.nps.gov/caha.
start times are 9 a.m., 9:35 a.m., 10:10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:20 a.m.,
11:55 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:05 p.m., 1:40 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 2:50 p.m.,
3:25 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:35 p.m., 5:10 p.m., and 5:45 p.m. daily, seven day
Day of Tour Tickets: 50 percent of all tours for each
day will be sold on site. Day of tour tickets are available
first-come, first-served basis and can be purchased only in-person at
the site the day of the tour. Day of tour tickets will be
available from 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. starting April 18.
Tickets: 50 percent of all tours for each day will be sold in
advance. Reservations for a tour can only be made between one
seven days in advance of the tour date by calling
The reservation office opens on April 18 and will be open 11a.m. to 4
p.m., seven days a week. Reservations cannot be made the same
as the tour date.
Hatteras Lighthouse Climb Information
hours for the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will be 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
daily in the spring and fall and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 23,
through Labor Day, Monday, Sept 1.
Climbing tickets are
$8 for adults and $4 for senior citizens (62 or older), children 11
years of age and under, and persons with disabilities.
are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can only be
purchased in-person at the site the day of the climb. There
no advance ticket sales for the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
Children must be at least 42 inches tall. Children under 12
be escorted by a person at least 16 years old. For additional
climb information, check the park website www.nps.gov/caha.
sales begin at 8:15 a.m. Climbing will begin at 9 a.m. and
run every 10 minutes with a limit of 30 visitors per climb
Ticket sales close at 4:30 p.m. in the spring and fall and 5:30 p.m.
from May 23 through Labor Day.
For general information on the Outer Banks Group national park sites,
Twitter @CapeHatterasNPS, @WrightBrosNPS, @FortRaleighNPS; www.facebook.com/CapeHatterasNS,