Cape Lookout Lighthouse open to climbers

Published: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 03:25 PM.

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Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 or younger, seniors 62 or older, and those holding a National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Access Pass. They can be purchased from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at the Light Station Visitor Center next to the lighthouse. Each ticket is good only for the time and date stamped on it.

Due to safety guidelines, children must be at least 44 inches tall, and only four groups of 10 people may enter the lighthouse per hour.

Visitors planning to make the trip to the top are reminded that the climb is a strenuous one and the tower may be hot, humid, noisy and dim inside. The climb to the gallery is the equivalent of climbing a 12-story building. The stairs are narrow and groups are going up and down them at the same time.

Visitors with heart, respiratory, or other medical conditions — or those who have trouble climbing stairs — should probably not attempt the climb. Visitors who cannot make the climb can still get a gallery perspective from the four outside View from the Top exhibits located near the lighthouse Keepers’ Quarters; the panorama located in the Keepers’ Quarters Museum; and the onlinepanoramas on the website at 

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