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May 16th- Sept 16th

Cape Lookout NPS Ticket Booth Hours 9:30-4:00 (located at Book Store directly across from the Lighthouse.)

First Climb begins at 9:45am and the Last Climb is at 4:15

Days of the Week:

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Closed: Monday and Tuesday

 Regular Admission $8.00 
 Child (12 & under, at least 44" tall) $4.00
 Senior Pass (62 and over) $4.00
 Access Pass (visitors w/permanent disabilities) $4.00


Fully narrated land transportation from the lighthouse to the Cape Lookout point and back. Learn about the Cape's history and ecology as you ride in comfort. Experience some of the best shelling around. $13 PER PERSON. Children age 3 and under are free.

Please check with ticket booth agent or driver if trucks are running every hour or every half hour, as schedule may vary.

Running Daily from May 2nd through September 15th   

Running on Saturdays & Sundays Only September 16th - September 30th      

        Today's Schedule

We are the ONLY ferry service authorized to drop off at Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks!

UPDATE: Due to high winds, we will not be sailing out of Beaufort & Harkers Island on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

Our Spring Schedule begins March 1, with daily trips running every hour.  Our "Combo Trip" is now availiable to book.  Depart from Harkers Island Ferry Gateway and visit both Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks in one day.  

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BEAUFORT to SHACKLEFORD BANKS: Departing Beaufort at 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm & 4:00 pm. Return pickups are at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm & 4:30 pm.

HARKERS ISLAND to SHACKLEFORD BANKS (East End) and/or CAPE LOOKOUT:  Departing Harkers Island at 9:15 am, 10:15 am, 11:15 am, 12:15 pm, 1:15 pm, 2:15 pm, 3:15 pm, 4:15 pm.  Return pickups are at 9:45 am, 10:45 am, 11:45 am, 12:45 pm, 1:45 pm, 2:45 pm, 3:45 pm, 4:45 pm.