Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Outer Banks, NC
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Photos Courtesy of the National Park Service.
Climbing the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Climbing the historic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is a unique experience. The climb is self-paced and provides views from the tallest brick lighthouse in North America.
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is normally open from the third Friday in April through Columbus Day. Climbing hours are 9 am to 4:30 pm daily. Tickets are required.
Climbing tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for senior citizens (62 or older), children (11 and under, and at least 42" tall), and the disabled. Tickets 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 are no advance ticket sales for regular climbs.
Ticket sales begin at 9:00 am and climbs begin at 9 am, running every 10 minutes with a limit of 30 visitors per climb. Ticket sales close at 4:25 pm. Ticket holders should arrive at the base of the lighthouse five minutes prior to their ticketed climb time.
School Group Climbs
Climbing tours may be booked in advance for some school groups.
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse climbing fees may be waived
for educational groups visiting the park as part of their accredited curriculum. The fee waiver application and associated materials must be submitted at least four weeks prior to your visit.
Full Moon Tours
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Full Moon Tours can be reserved via Recreation.gov
starting at 10:00 am three days before the tour date. You must have a Recreation.gov account established before you can purchase tickets.
Dates for the 2018 Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Full Moon Tours are:
- Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm
- Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm
- Friday, July 27, 2018 at 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm
- Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm.
- Monday, September 24, 2018 at 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm