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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

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America the Beautiful - National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass
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“worth the climb”(104 reviews)
“the outer banks”(219 reviews)
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The nation's tallest lighthouse was moved to a different location to preserve it.
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Lighthouse Rd, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
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All reviews light house worth the climb the outer banks gift shop original location cape hatteras beautiful view walk up climb the stairs park ranger visitor center worth the trip great place to visit off season original site catch your breath great history
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a gorgeous lighthouse with a gorgeous deserted beach with huge dunes. We also saw 7 deer right outside of the lighthouse so you can see some wildlife there too!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank alindner25
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A beautiful site and an interesting history. I was there off season so I didn’t get to climb up, but it was good just to be there and gaze up on the lighthouse that I always saw pictures of, beginning in 1972 when it was...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank cararro
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You will be blown away by the sheer size of this lighthouse. There was a temporary visitor center that was small. Original was under renovations. Take a ride thru the campgrounds for a view of lots of large birds. Greta photo shoots. Parked and walk3ed...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank debc405
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful lighthouse with a great museum. I always love visiting the bookstore and gift shop. I never get tired of photographing this place. Not open to climb yet this season.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 944bf
Reviewed 14 February 2019

I can't go to the Outer Banks and not visit Cape Hatteras! It is a beautiful lighthouse, and love the history of its movement from where it was to where it is now,

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Christy K
Reviewed 13 February 2019 via mobile

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was very interesting from many perspectives. First, from a historical standpoint, it was very interesting to learn from the park rangers the history behind the Lighthouse structure and the relationship with shipping in the area. Second, the engineering used in preserving...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Matt N
Reviewed 7 February 2019

The Cape Hatteras lighthouse and surrounding area is full of history, both of the sea, its many animals, and of the humans that settled on these barrier islands, from a time when Native Americans were the only human residents up through the present day descendants...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 27 January 2019

Very informative museum, upstairs and downstairs had artifacts from World War 2. We visited the old site on the ocean and the site where it was moved in 1999. Beautiful views of the ocean!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Relax802880
Reviewed 26 January 2019 via mobile

We were there off season so we had the place to ourselves. We took photos without people in the shot. I highly recommended a winter visit.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Nazrath658
Reviewed 16 January 2019

I drove down the main road and found this lighthouse. It was closed owing to the gov't shutdown since Dec 2018. The grounds were sand dunes and the place was very peaceful with good parking.

Date of experience: January 2019
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hseaver
3 March 2019|
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Response from Pam H | Reviewed this property |
Pets are allowed on the grounds, but not in the lighthouse or any buildings.
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Sherpa28878270740
17 February 2019|
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Response from KeepItUpp | Reviewed this property |
Dogs are allowed on the Cape Hatteras lighthouse grounds, but not in the buildings. They must be kept on a leash, no longer than 6 feet, at all times.
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MartaC_Ohio
25 June 2018|
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Response from kedalion1 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Marta - Go to the "Double Lightkeeper's House" - on the 1st floor, in an air-conditioned small theater, they show a movie on demand which has a young park ranger walking from the bottom to the top of the light-house... More
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