Tours to the top of the Oak Island Lighthouse (up 131 ships stairs to an outside balcony) are available year round at no charge with AT LEAST 2 weeks advanced notice to set up a new tour.
General public no reservation tours (to the second level only - up just 12 steps) will resume on the Wednesday before Memorial Day.
Touring the Oak Island Lighthouse
Public "no reservation required" free tours to the second level (NOT to the Top) are offered every Wednesday and Saturday ONLY starting Memorial Day and running through Labor Day from 10 AM until 2 PM. Visitors can climb just 1 level (12 steps) for anyone age 7 and older where a guide will give you information about the lighthouse and answer any questions you may have.
If you would like to climb to the top, reservations are required AT LEAST 2 weeks in advance to set up a new tour and we do NOT climb to the top on Wednesday or Saturday during the summer or on certain holidays. Top tours are up 131 ships steps to an outside balcony and offered free of charge by appointment only. Please check our tour page for additional details and to find out how you can request a top tour.