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Lookout at Night During Evening at the Cape

HARKERS ISLAND – Watch the sunset from the top of Cape Lookout Lighthouse during the seasonal Evening at the Cape program with Cape Lookout National Seashore.

Full moon setting at Cape Lookout. Photo: Sam Bland

Ranger-led excursions, which feature a ferry ride at dusk and stories from the past, are scheduled for July 11, July 12, and July 13, and gives visitors the chance to experience the South Core Banks and the lighthouse at night, just as the lightkeepers did.

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

Reservations are required for the program that is $28 per person, includes ferry fee, and is non-refundable, weather dependent. Reservations may be made for the program starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at  Each of the three tour nights will be able to accommodate a maximum of 40 total participants.

Meet the ranger at 7 p.m. at the Harkers Island Visitor Center and the program starts at 7:15 p.m. Participants will travel together on a single ferry that departs from Harkers Island shortly after the program begins, and returns to Harkers Island by 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 someone 16 or older.  Footwear is required as well.

Future Evenings at the Cape are scheduled for Aug. 8-10, Sept. 6-7 and Oct. 4-5. Tickets will go on sale for these dates about two weeks before the program. Visit the website for more information.  

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