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Cape Lookout Lighthouse Is One of the Best Attractions in the State


Are you looking for the best view of the Crystal Coast? Then climb up the Cape Lookout Lighthouse! This attraction is located on the Cape Lookout National Seashore, an incredible piece of protected land that stretches over 56 miles of undeveloped beaches. This is a great day trip for families. The kids will be wowed by the wild horses found on the beach and the enormous lighthouse and the parents will have fun learning about the history of the area. So hop on a ferry and go!

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Tour the Cape Lookout Lighthouse

First thing’s first: getting to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse. There are a couple of different options. The easiest way to get there is to take the ferry. While there isn’t a fee to get to the seashore, you will have to buy a ticket to go on the ferry. You can also choose to kayak or take your own boat from a launch site.

The highlight of the Cape Lookout National Seashore is definitely the lighthouse. Here’s a quick history lesson on the lighthouse: it was built in 1859 and is known for its “checkered daymark”, the diamond pattern on the lighthouse. It’s the only structure in the U.S. that features this pattern. You’ll never get lost with this lighthouse in sight! The center of the black diamonds point north and south, while the center of the white diamonds point east and west.

Make sure you’re visiting from May to September when the lighthouse is open for climbing. The self-guided tours run from Wednesday to Sunday, starting at 9:45 a.m. and with the last tour beginning at 4:15 p.m. Tickets to the lighthouse are $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under.

Explore the Cape Lookout National Seashore

Once you’ve finished climbing the Cape Lookout Lighthouse, see what else the seashore has to offer! There are two historic villages that you can tour, as well as wild horses to observe. The Horse Sense and Survival Tour are not to be missed. Join a Park Ranger on Shackleford Banks to get a once-in-a-lifetime look at wild horses. You’ll also learn about the management practices needed to maintain a wild herd. Reservations are required, so make sure to call ahead. You will be doing a decent amount of walking during the tour, so come prepared with some water, a sturdy pair of closed-toe shoes, and your enthusiasm!

Stay at Spinnaker’s Reach

After you’ve spent the day visiting the Cape Lookout Lighthouse and exploring the gorgeous shoreline, return to the luxurious comfort of a Spinnaker’s Reach vacation home.

Consider booking Bella Vista, a stunning six-bedroom, five-bathroom home that comes complete with incredible amenities. The first floor features the golf cart garage, as well as a game room that has a foosball table and TV. There are also three bedrooms on this floor and two full bathrooms. The second level comes complete with a gourmet kitchen, a dining area, and the living room. You’ll eat with a stunning view of the surrounding area from the screened porch. This level also features the laundry room and a large master suite. The third level is the bedroom level, with a king and queen suite. There is also a private pool on the property and the house has been outfitted with an elevator. This is a great property for family reunions or events. There is plenty of room and plenty of things to do!

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