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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

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“worth the climb”(104 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 present location visitor center worth the trip take your time great place to visit original site catch your breath
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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
Thank FranP1616
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Seems that it is not fully staffed in the off season so you can’t climb to the top of the lighthouse. We were disappointed- the grounds themselves otherwise were nicely kept but not much else to see...

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank msuzdak
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went in November and you can't go up then (not enough staffing for the light tourist season). There weren't a lot of people there but the beach had plenty. There is a nice gift shop and you can go on the beach. Popular spot...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ValerieD682
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful lighthouse. You can park and go out on the beach after your light house tour. Worth the see

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 538kristinb
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You’ll get a killer workout getting to the top, but the view is beyond worth it! Take your time and look out the windows as you ascend, it makes it more exciting and less leg cramping! Don’t forget your camera and to leave time to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank curestupidity
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went on Veterans Day to a National monument and the lighthouse itself was closed off because they don’t have enough staff in the off season. They have enough to keep the gift shop going...

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Hilbornc757
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a fabulous lighthouse to visit, run by the National Parks. However, a couple of things make my review only "very good." First, the lighthouse is closed for climbing a large portion of the year (which we knew in advance). Second, which we didn't...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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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.