For a unique September outing, head to Cape Lookout National Seashore on the Outer Banks of North Carolina to catch the moonrise from the national seashore's lighthouse.
The tours are scheduled, clear skies allowing, for Thursday, September 4, Friday, September 5, and Saturday, September 6. Sign up for one of these tours and you can experience the lighthouse, and South Core Banks, as the keepers did, in the dark of night. Hear stories of the light keepers and watch the moon as it rises over the Atlantic Ocean and reflects off the waters of Core Sound.
Four 30-minute tours will be offered on each date. There is a limit of 10 tickets for each tour group. Tours begin at 7:30 p.m. 7:45 p.m., 8 p.m., and 8:15 p.m. on each date. There will be one ferry trip on each date for all the climbs on that night; the ferry will depart Harkers Island at 7 p.m. and return at about 9:30 p.m. Visitors should arrive for the tour no later than 6:40 p.m. During the climb, the Keepers Quarters Museum will be open.
Tickets for the Moonrise Tours must be purchased in advance and are non-refundable unless the trip is canceled due to safety concerns (such as high wind and lightning). Otherwise, the tour will be held rain or shine.The cost for the program is $23 for adults, $12 for children (11 and under), $19 for seniors (62 and older), and $19 for Access Pass holders (for the Moonrise Tours the ferry cost is included in the price of the program.)
Reservations for the Moonrise Tours can be made Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. To make a reservation, call 252-728-2250, extension 3020.
Children joining the climb must be at least 44-inches tall and must climb the steps on their own'they cannot be lifted or carried. Children 12 years of age and younger must be accompanied by an adult (16 or older). Footwear is required as well.