Visiting the Lighthouse and Grounds
Climb to the Top:
The Currituck Beach Lighthouse opens daily in early Spring for climbing, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., weather permitting, through Thanksgiving weekend. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the lighthouse and grounds will remain open on Wednesdays and Thursdays until 8 p.m. During periods of high winds or thunderstorms the lighthouse tower may be closed to climbers. Lighthouse construction predates modern building codes and safety regulations, so visitors are required to sign a liability waiver prior to climbing. Children 12 and younger may climb only if accompanied by an adult. Parents or guardians must sign a waiver for unaccompanied children ages 13 through 17.
There is a fee to climb the tower. Children 7 years and younger are admitted free with a climbing adult. Cash and checks are accepted forms of payment.
Admission to the grounds and parking are free.
The Museum Shop:
The Museum Shop is open daily in-season 9 a.m until 5 p.m. The small Keeper’s House was transformed into the Museum Shop and stocks everything lighthouse-related you could ever imagine. T-shirts, hats, books, postcards, blankets, taffy, ornaments, jewelry, magnets, figurines and more fill this former keeper’s residence. The Museum Shop accepts cash, checks and credit cards for their merchandise only and not for climbing the lighthouse.
Tour groups are welcome at Currituck Beach Lighthouse. School groups, non-profit groups, and professionally guided tours are admitted free of charge provided the group has 15 or more climbers. Arrangements must be made at least 3-weeks in advance with the site manager. Tours are self-guided. Outer Banks Conservationists suggests a donation of $4 per person to help support the mission of the non-profit.
Prior to the tour, each person must sign a liability statement with his or her (legible) signature and full home address. The liability sheets are never shared or used for mailing lists. To save time, the waiver will be mailed to the tour coordinator and must be turned in to the staff person upon arrival.
Please contact (252) 453-8152 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements with the site manager.
At the junction of Highway 158 and Route 12, take Route 12 heading north towards Duck and Corolla. The lighthouse entrance is 20 miles from the junction, on the left, just beyond the Currituck Heritage Park sign. You may also enter at Currituck Heritage Park and ask the guide at the entrance for directions from there.