Bodie, Cape Hatteras lighthouses open for climbing April 19

By on March 19, 2019

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse during its move in 1999. (NPS)

The Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras Lighthouses will be open for climbing this year from Friday, April 19 through Monday, Oct. 14.

National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac invites the local Outer Banks community and park visitors to climb the lighthouses at no charge on opening day, April 19.

Free tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and can only be obtained in person, that day, on site.

During the climbing season, ticket sales at each location begin daily at 9 a.m. with the last tickets sold at 4:30 p.m. For more information on regular climbing ticket prices, rules, and safety information, go to www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/lighthouseclimbs.htm.

Full Moon Tours

Full Moon Tours of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will be offered on June 17, July 16, Aug. 15, and Sept. 14.

Tickets for the full moon climbs can be purchased at www.recreation.gov starting at 10:00 am three days prior to each tour date.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Move Anniversary

Over a remarkable 23-day period in 1999, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was moved 2,900 feet to help protect it from an encroaching Atlantic Ocean shoreline. The lighthouse has served as an aid to navigation since 1870.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the “move of the century,” Cape Hatteras National Seashore will present daily interpretive programs on the epic journey the lighthouse made in the summer of 1999.

Meet Seashore staff at the Hatteras Island Visitor Center Pavilion at 10:30 am to hear the 20-minute program. The daily programs begin May 3 and continue through Oct. 14.

During the 23 days of the lighthouse move anniversary (June 17-July 9), additional interpretive programs and a special anniversary event will be held.

More details to be announced soon.

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