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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

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Not the Best Effort by National Parks System

The lighthouse is everything you expect it to be - iconic. The park itself needs some attention... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
North Carolina
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Beautiful place to visit.

Not only is it beautiful but we learned so much about the lighthouse and the surrounding houses. We... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Dennis T
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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
+1 252-995-4474
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The lighthouse is everything you expect it to be - iconic. The park itself needs some attention. The merchandise in the shop was sparse and over priced. People were commenting that there weren't any videos available either. One of the highlights of this lighthouse is...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Not only is it beautiful but we learned so much about the lighthouse and the surrounding houses. We didn't climb the lighthouse but still a must see.

Thank Dennis T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Years ago I read an article which compared the OBX lighthouses to the Beatles (Currituck: George, Ocracoke: John; Bodie: Ringo - because it doesn't get as much respect)...Cape Hatteras was Paul, because it's the cute one everyone loves. It says it's the tallest brick lighthouse...More

Thank sullific
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were too late to climb to the top, but it really is a beautiful structure and I would recommend visiting.

Thank OneBlessedMomma
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The 257 steps to the top of the lighthouse are broken up into a series of landings, each with a tiny window for views and fresh breezes. Persevere until you reach the top, and the views will make the climb worthwhile.

Thank Elisabeth V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were fortunate to visit the first week in October and the crowds were minimal, at least in the morning. My husband (69) and myself (65) had no trouble making it to the top. We stopped at a few of the frequent landings to catch...More

Thank Dianna H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting how they moved the light house. The museum is small but quite informative. You really don't need to climb to the top to enjoy the visit.

Thank Lee S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Worth the trip and cost. The view from the top of the lighthouse is beautiful. There is a little museum with lots of info.

Thank Holly S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Always hear about cape hatteras, nice to see what people talk about. Unfortunately due to health restrictions unable to climb but light keepers quarters has a small museum and gift shop. Worthwhile to visit if in area.

Thank baxtersm1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful place. I have been going to this light house every time i visit NC and that is about 3-4 times a year.. i never gets old. You can pay a small fee to enter and tour the light house or you can just take...More

Thank summer s
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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.