The Oak Island Lighthouse is owned by the Town of Caswell Beach, however, all governance, tours and maintenance activities are run by a 501c(3) Tax Exempt organization (FOIL - Friends of Oak Island Lighthouse) that the town created. If you would like to help support the Lighthouse, your tax deductible donation would be greatly appreciated. 100% of all donations and profits from our merchandise sales go to the maintenance of the lighthouse. FOIL is completely run by volunteers, have NO paid staff and receive no funding from the government or private companies. THANK YOU!
Checks may be made out to FOIL and sent to:
Friends of Oak Island Lighthouse
1100 Caswell Beach Rd.
Caswell Beach, NC 28465
We accept reservations year round for Top Tour requests with AT LEAST 2 weeks advanced notice for a reservation and 4 weeks in JUNE, JULY and AUGUST. Last minute requests (less than 2 or 4 weeks in advance) will be considered if other tours have already been scheduled and space still remains (maximum of 20 climbers per tour).
Summer top tours (Memorial Day through Labor Day) are only scheduled in the mornings on Tuesdays and Thursdays and some Sundays.
Please visit our tour webpage here ==> tour page for additional details and to request your tour.
Public "no reservation required" free tours to the second level (NOT to the top) are offered every Wednesday and Saturday (10 AM - 2 PM) ONLY starting Memorial Day and running through Labor Day. Visitors climb 1 level (12 steps) for anyone age 7 and up. A docent will provide information about the lighthouse and answer any questions you may have.
Climbing to the top is available year round for anyone 9 years or older with AT LEAST 2 weeks advanced notice for a reservation and 4 weeks in JUNE, JULY and AUGUST. Requests with less than 2 or 4 weeks notice will be offered the opportunity to join already scheduled tours IF openings exist. Memorial Day through Labor Day, top tours are only offered on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and under some circumstances on Sunday mornings. We are closed on most major holidays. Top tours are up 131 metal ship stairs to an outside balcony and are currently offered free of charge and by appointment only. Please check our tour page for additional details and to find out how you can request a tour.
GPS Location Latitude: 33.89279 Longitude: -78.03505
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