04/12/11

Visit The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in the Moonlight

Every year the National Park Service offers an amazing chance to experience the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in the moonlight. The NPS will be offering Full Moon Tours of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse the evening of April 17 to the visiting public and local communities.

Two tours will be given, one at 7:30 p.m. and a second at 8:30 p.m., and each tour is limited to 30 people. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Full Moon Tour ticket sales will start on Friday, April 15. The lighthouse ticket booth is open from 8:15 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. daily. Full Moon Tour tickets are non-refundable.

As there are no lights inside the lighthouse, climbers will navigate the 257 stair staircase using handheld flashlights. During the climb, park rangers will provide stories of the arduous duties of the lighthouse keeper. From the watch room, visitors will be able to view the light up close and in motion and hear of the operation of the beacon, past and present – a truly unique experience. Outside on the lighthouse balcony (weather permitting) climbers will get a glimpse of what the lighthouse keepers of old were able to experience – seeing that beam of light reaching out to sea and the startling reflection of the newly risen moon on the ocean.

Things to know:
1. Full Moon Tour tickets, limited to the first 60 purchasers, must be purchased in person, in advance, at the lighthouse ticket booth. Full Moon Tour ticket sales will begin Friday, April 15. It is anticipated that tickets will sell out early. Standard admissions fees apply – $7 for adults, and $3.50 for children (11 and under) as well as seniors (62 and older). The lighthouse ticket booth, located at the lighthouse site, is open from 8:15 a.m. – 4:40 p.m. daily.

2. Each participant must bring a handheld flashlight with fresh, serviceable batteries.

3. All participants are required to be at least 42 inches tall and must climb the steps on their own – they can not be carried! If unsure, check with the park rangers before purchasing your non-refundable ticket. Also, keep in mind that some youngsters, although meeting height requirements, may not enjoy the dimly lit, sometimes claustrophobic environment.

4. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

5. For safety reasons, all participants must climb and descend with the group. No exceptions.

6. Know your limitations! The lighthouse is tall, dark, often hot, humid, and can be a challenge to climb. There are no internal lights or air conditioning.

7. All routine lighthouse safety requirements, as well as restrictions to eating, drinking, gum etc., apply. This information will be provided to you when you purchase your ticket.

8. Tickets are non-refundable. If the program is cancelled due to weather, the ticket holder may exchange the ticket the following morning, April 18, between the hours of 8:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. for a replacement ticket useable only on April 18. This ticket will be for day climbing only.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Moonlight Tours – just one of the many things to experience on Hatteras Island!


03/28/11

Easter Event in Hatteras Village

Looking for a fun Easter event on Hatteras Island that the whole family can enjoy? The Shops at Stowe on Twelve in Hatteras Village are hosting an Easter Eggs-travaganza on Saturday, April 23rd from 12pm to 4pm. It will be a great family event with live music, food and drink, sidewalk sales, face painting and so much more. Plus! The Easter bunny himself will hop on over for a visit from 12:30pm to 2pm. For more information, call (252)986-2024.


11/10/10

14th Annual Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival

On November 9-14, 2010 visitors are invited to participate in the Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival on the Outer Banks. The annual six day event is hosted to celebrate natural wonders of the Eastern North Carolina and discover the beauties of the region’s environment.

For a modest cost participants can select from a variety of experience such as:
•Venturing into areas with combined bird lists of nearly 400 species.
•Learning from experts how to shoot photographs that capture the unique beauty of the region.
•Traveling to historic landmarks like the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station.
•Visiting North Pond on Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge on Hatteras Island, the hottest spot for fall birding in North Carolina – or even visit South Pond which is usually closed to visitors.
•Climbing the historic Currituck Beach Lighthouse and touring the Keepers House which is usually closed to the public.
•Taking a ferry to the pirate Blackbeard’s hang-out on Ocracoke Island to enjoy the quaint fishing village and check out the birds.
•Paddling the backwaters of the area or four-wheeling the area north of Corolla.
•Visiting the ancient maritime forest of Kitty Hawk Woods for a look at this rare ecosystem.
•Venturing into Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge at night in search of bear and other wildlife.
•Absorbing the waterways’ natural beauty during a sunrise or sunset kayak tour.
•Wading in search of Clapper Rails, marsh sparrows and wrens at Oregon Inlet.
•Visiting an art gallery to see how artists interpret the environment and wildlife.
•Exploring a Ghost Town on Portsmouth Island.
•Experiencing a Red Wolf Howling where the nearly extinct animal is now fighting its way back.

This is a great and unique experience for people of all ages and everyone is encouraged to explore this amazing area and tell stories about the experience for years to come!
For more information visit www.wingsoverwater.com or call 252-216-WING(9464).


07/21/10

Tour the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse at Night!

The National Park Service offers full moon tours of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse throughout the season, providing a very special experience for visitors. Climbers will get a glimpse of what the lighthouse keepers of old were able to experience – seeing that beam of light reaching out to sea and the beautiful reflection of the newly risen moon on the ocean.
There are no lights inside the lighthouse and climbers will navigate the 257 stair staircase using handheld flashlights. During the climb, park rangers provide stories of the arduous duties of the lighthouse keeper. From the watch room, visitors will be able to view the light up close and in motion and hear of the operation of the beacon, past and present – a truly unique experience. These tours are only offered on special nights when scheduled by the National Park Service. On these evenings, two tours are given, one at 8:15 p.m. and a second at 9:15 p.m. Each tour is limited to 30 people. Full Moon Tour tickets must be purchased in advance at the lighthouse ticket booth.

Things to Know Before You Go:

1. Full Moon Tour tickets are limited to the first 60 purchasers and must be purchased in person, in advance, at the lighthouse ticket booth. Full Moon Tour ticket sales will begin a few days in advance of the scheduled tour. It is anticipated that tickets will sell out early. Standard admissions fees apply – $7 for adults, and $3.50 for children (11 and under) as well as seniors (62 and older). The lighthouse ticket booth, located at the lighthouse site, is open from 8:15 a.m. – 5:40 p.m. daily.

2. Each participant must bring a handheld flashlight with fresh, serviceable batteries.

3. All participants are required to be at least 42 inches tall and must climb the steps on their own – they cannot be carried! If unsure, check with the Rangers before purchasing your non-refundable ticket. Also, keep in mind that some youngsters, although meeting height requirements, may not enjoy the dimly lit, sometimes claustrophobic environment.

4. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

5. For safety reasons, all participants must climb and descend with the group. No exceptions.

6. Know your limitations! The lighthouse is tall, dark, often hot, humid, and can be a challenge to climb. There are no internal lights or air conditioning.

7. All routine lighthouse safety requirements, as well as restrictions as to eating, drinking, gum, etc., apply. This information will be provided to you when you purchase your ticket.

8. Tickets are non-refundable. If the program is cancelled due to weather, the ticket holder may exchange the ticket the following morning, between the hours of 8:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. for a replacement ticket useable only on that following day. This ticket will be for day climbing only.


07/20/10

Summer Concert Series on Hatteras Island

In town and looking for something fun that the entire family can enjoy? Be sure to check out the Kona Summer Concert Series at REAL Watersports.
The Kona Brewing Company from Hawaii has joined forces with REAL to produce this summer long series of waterfront, LIVE music performances featuring a variety of talented musicians.

These shows are hosted on the amphitheatre, waterfront deck at the REAL Flagship Store in the Village of Waves. All shows are FREE and OPEN to the public. Dinner and drinks are available at all shows from MOJOs Sunset Café located onsite. The Kona Summer Concert Series location and waterfront views are unbelievable with epic sunsets and exciting kiteboarding action right at the water’s edge.
The atmosphere is fun and family/group friendly. You can sit at tables near the band, enjoy a draft Kona Beer at the bar at MOJOs, or enjoy the Bermuda grass lawn area on a beach blanket or chair. This is the best way to wrap up any day in Cape Hatteras!
Kona Summer Concert Series Show times are 6pm-10pm unless advertised otherwise.

Here is the remaining line up. For more information about the concert, or other fun activities hosted by REAL Watersports, check out their event page at realwatersports.com

Thursday, July 22nd – MOJO COLLINS
Friday, July 23rd – SCHOLARS WORD (REAL Swap Meet)
Thursday, July 29th – SEAN BENDULA
Thursday, August 5th – MOJO COLLINS
Friday, August 6th – WILDER BROTHERS
Thursday, August 12th – SALEM
Thursday, August 19th – SEAN BENDULA
Thursday, August 26th – MOJO COLLINS
Saturday, Sept 4th – THE PLAINFIELD PROJECT (Demo Daze)
Thursday, Sept 2nd – SEAN BENDULA
Friday, Sept 17th – MOJO COLLINS 5pc BLUES BAND (CBFD Fundraiser)
Sunday, Sept 19th – WILDER BROTHERS (ESA Welcome Party)
Thursday, Sept 23rd – MY FRIEND BEN (ESA EASTERNS Party)
Friday, October 8th – SUMMERTIME BLUES BAND (REAL Swap Meet)


06/29/10

Offshore Charter Boats -Fishing the Gulfstream

An adventurous, fun-filled day of offshore charter fishing starts at 6am when the boat leaves the dock and heads out to the gulfstream. The morning sunrise leaves a warm glow over the water as the mate gets the boat and bait prepared for a successful day of fishing.

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06/10/10

Fun summer events and camps for Hatteras Island Kids

On Hatteras Island, kids can have their own fun, (and parents can enjoy an afternoon for themselves), at a number of kids camps and special events that are offered throughout the summer season. If your kids want to try something new, consider attending these events and day camps that offer kids a chance to try out a new Hatteras Island adventure. Continue reading