All the adventure, all the activities, all the memories that last a lifetime come with a Frying Pan Tower™ Eco-Tourism Adventure!
Participate on projects and be part of the vital repairs that will help the tower be around for another 50 years!
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Book your trip now to experience the thrill of Frying Pan Tower before the 2024 price increase takes effect. With limited spaces available, secure your spot today to ensure you don't miss out on this extraordinary journey. Please note that trip dates are subject to change due to weather conditions, so act swiftly to reserve your place in history and witness the beauty of the tower like never before. Don't wait—book your Frying Pan Tower adventure now and be part of an unforgettable maritime experience!
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FRYING PAN TOWER
Frying Pan Tower™ was erected in 1964 to help ships avoid running aground the shallow waters known as the Frying Pan Shoals. The Coast Guard staffed the light station until 1979, when the beacon was automated. After 28 years of operation, the US Coast Guard Light Station went dark and slowly fell into disrepair due to the advent of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and radar. It was officially retired in 1992, rendered obsolete and for all purposes abandoned.
Responsible for saving countless lives at sea, today the tower offers safety for mariners in the Atlantic Ocean, serves as a natural ecosystem for marine wildlife, and provides a location for numerous research and educational institutions to conduct environmental and oceanic studies.
The restoration of Frying Pan Tower is managed by FPTower Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring, protecting and preserving the former United States Coastguard (USCG) Light Station off the coast of North Carolina for future generations.