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The National Park Service provides visitors the unique opportunity to climb the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse at night under the light of the full moon. Full Moon Tours are a great way to experience this historic structure as the light keepers would have on their nightly watches. Rangers guiding the tours will share stories of keepers of old and give climbers a rare peak at the working light in the lantern room. On a clear night, the full moon rising over the Atlantic Ocean is a breathtaking site. This tour may be cancelled if weather conditions are unsafe (i.e., high winds, storms, and/or lightning in the area).
Tickets are required and must be purchased in advance online through www.recreation.gov, starting at 10 am Eastern Standard Time, three days prior to the tour date. Tickets are $8 per adult, and $4 for children (15 and under) and seniors (62 and older). The number of visitors on each tour is limited--it is best to purchase your ticket early.
Prior to purchasing tickets, consider your own limitations and those of your group. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse has 257 steps from the ground to the balcony level--equal to climbing a 12-story building. The lighthouse is tall, dark, often hot and humid, and can be a challenge to climb. There is no air conditioning or internal lights.
Children must be at least 42" tall and will be measured prior to climbing. Children must be capable of climbing all steps on their own. Keep in mind that some children may not enjoy the dark, sometimes claustrophobic environment. Children 11 years of age or younger must be accompanied by an adult who is 16 years of age or older. No person may be lifted or carried. Running, jumping, or stomping on stairs and landings is not allowed. Do not eat, drink, smoke, or chew tobacco in the lighthouse. No pets, other than service animals will be allowed.Do not arrive in heels over 1.5 inches high or with bare feet. Leave umbrellas in your car. Backpacks, tripods, coolers, beach bags, and other bulky items also need to be left in your car. Throwing any object off of the lighthouse is unsafe and may get you in big trouble!