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Lighthouses open for climbing April 20 and the first day’s free

The Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras lighthouses will be open for climbing this year from Friday, April 20 through Monday, Oct. 8.

National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac invites the Outer Banks community and park visitors to climb the lighthouses at no charge on opening day, April 20. 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, see nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/lighthouseclimbs.htm.

Full moon tours of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will be offered on May 29, June 28, July 27, Aug. 26 and Sept. 24. Tickets for the full moon climbs can be purchased at www.recreation.gov starting at 10 a.m. three days prior to each tour date.