February 13, 2015
Lighthouses will open
for climbing April 17-Oct. 14
Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras lighthouses will be open for climbing in
2015 from Friday, April 17, through Monday, Oct. 14.
Bodie Island Lighthouse climbing hours will be 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily with ticket sales from 8:45 a.m. to 4:25 p.m.
Hatteras Lighthouse climbing hours 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., May 22 through Labor Day,
Monday, Sept. 7. Ticket sales for the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
begin at 8:15 a.m. daily and close at 4:30 p.m. in the spring and fall,
and at 5:30 p.m. May 22 through Labor Day.
are $8 for adults and $4 for senior citizens (62 or older), children 11
years of age and under, and those holding a National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands
Access Pass. Tickets are available on a first come/first served
basis and can be purchased only in-person at the site the day of the
climb. There are no advance ticket sales.
Children must be at least 42 inches tall, and children under 12 must be escorted by a person at least 16 years old.
the lighthouses is strenuous—climbing the Bodie Island Lighthouse is
equivalent to climbing a 10-story building and climbing the Cape
Hatteras Lighthouse is equivalent to climbing a 12-story
building. For more information on what to expect, check the park
year, the Bodie Island Lighthouse will be open as a self-guided
experience, similar to how the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is
operated. Over the past two years, the Bodie Island Lighthouse
has been a guided tour operation -- visitors expressed frustration at
the wait time for tours to start and at the 45-minute long tour
schedule. By switching to a self-guided experience, the wait-time
will be significantly reduced and the amount of time spent experiencing
the lighthouse will be self-determined. This change should allow
more visitors to have an opportunity climb the lighthouse each day.
of the local Outer Banks communities and park visitors are invited to
climb the lighthouses at no charge on opening day, Friday, April
17. Free tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served
basis and can only be obtained in-person, that day, on-site.