There are multiple ways to visit Bodie Island, Cape Hatteras and Ocracoke lighthouses this year.
Climbing season at Bodie Island Lighthouse begins Thursday. The first group can begin at 9 a.m. and final entry at 5:30 p.m.
Climbing tickets can only be purchased on the day of intended climb at www.recreation.gov, search for Bodie Island Lighthouse. Tickets go on sale daily at 7 a.m. To keep climbers safe, group size will be minimized, and masks will be required.
Full moon climbs of the Bodie Island Lighthouse will be offered June 24, July 23, Aug. 22 and Sept. 20. Tickets for the full moon climbs must be purchased at www.recreation.gov starting at 10 a.m. three days prior to each climb date.
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is not expected to be open for climbing until later this summer while an interior paint removal project and other restoration efforts take place. Outdoor areas around the lighthouse remain open.
In addition to visiting the outside of the lighthouse in person, the public can also virtually visit the top and inside of the lighthouse via webcam.
In partnership with Outer Banks Forever, a webcam was installed at the top of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse that allows visitors to see the view from the lighthouse during the restoration project. To view the webcam, visit www.obxforever.org/obx-national-parks-webcams.
There is also a chance to explore virtually Cape Hatteras Lighthouse at www.nps.gov/hdp/exhibits/caha/tour. Each tour stop along the way to the top of the lighthouse includes an interactive 360-degree photograph and historical information. The virtual tour is a great tool for educators and teachers around the country to connect their students to the iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
Beginning Memorial Day, the base of the Ocracoke Lighthouse will be open seven days a week. Hours will be announced.