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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

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“worth the climb”(104 reviews)
“the outer banks”(218 reviews)
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
+1 252-995-4474
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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

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
Thank Dreamersdoit1
Reviewed 2 days ago

The lighthouse is located in Buxton and I absolutely love this little peaceful town. This place is a great place to get away to a secluded beach and enjoy yourself.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank russellroutt92
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wish we could have gone to the top, but being the offseason it was closed. Otherwise, it's a beautiful landmark in a great spot. The lighthouse alone is worth a trip to the outer banks.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Will H
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been visiting "the" lighthouse for over 20 years, at least once a year, usually 2 or 3 times! It's a very special place to me. Much quieter than most other beach areas, even in season. Off-season, it is wonderful - very quiet and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Brenda B
Reviewed 1 week ago

this place is really fun kids had a blast climbing the stairs and the views from the top simply fantastic

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank wendy w
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love this lighthouse. You can see the cape. The museum is also very nice, including history of settlers and involvement in wars. The volunteer staff are kind.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank MayDawn12
Reviewed 5 December 2018

My wife and I went in the off season. The ranger gave us a good presentation, though we couldn't climb the lighthouse due to the off-season hours. The museum was good, good information and presentation displays.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jeremyrV1201VS
Reviewed 26 November 2018

The lighthouse was closed for climbing when we visited, but we thoroughly enjoyed the museum. It is truly an engineering feat to learn how the lighthouse was moved.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Pam H
Reviewed 25 November 2018 via mobile

This island landmark is a "do not miss" for first-time and repeat visitors. Interesting historical info in the museum and a fantastic photo opp.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Sasra1
Reviewed 24 November 2018

It was a windy day when we went to the lighthouse and almost deserted save for two others. I got some great pics to remember it by. I loved learning about it at my own pace. We also stopped at the little sailor's cemetery near...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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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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23 February 2018|
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Response from Emma C | Reviewed this property |
My sister who is a 9 year old was barley able to climb it. (Or she was a nine year old) I think that only your 6 year old could come. Idk exactly, but I don’t think anyone older than 5 can come.