Updated Sept. 4 with cancellation information.
Cape Lookout Lighthouse shines on the night sky in this image by the National Park Service.
Visitors to Cape Lookout National Seashore can experience the lighthouse under the night sky, like the lighthouse keepers did, during the ranger-led Evening at the Cape program, offered one weekend a month from June to October.
The Sept. 6 and Sept. 7 programs have been canceled and will be refunded due to Hurricane Florence.
October program is set for Oct. 4 and 5. Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Sept. 21 and reservation must be made online. Arrive and check-in at 5:30 p.m. on the date of the climb. The program starts at 5:45 p.m. and the ferry will depart at 6 p.m. The ferry will return to Harkers Island at about 8:30 p.m.
Organizers recommend bringing a flashlight to the special program when rangers will share stories of the lighthouse keepers. Visitors can watch the sunset, and the moon and stars come light up the undeveloped beaches of Cape Lookout National Seashore.
Children must be at least 44 inches tall and able to climb the steps on their own in order to participate. Those 12 and younger must be accompanied by someone 16 or older. Footwear is required as well.
The cost of the program is $28 per person, which includes the ferry fee, and is nonrefundable, weather dependent. Reservations are required and must be made online. Reservations for the evening programs will be accepted on Monday of the week prior to each month’s dates. There will be only one ferry trip on each date for Evening at the Cape.