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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Opens in 6 min: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This is a beautiful lighthouse. You can park and go out on the beach after your light house tour... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Worth the hike!

You’ll get a killer workout getting to the top, but the view is beyond worth it! Take your time and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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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 2 days 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

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Reviewed 3 days 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

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Reviewed 3 days 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...

Thank Hilbornc757
Reviewed 4 days 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

Thank Divemasterking
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were vacationing in the Nags Head area. We decided to make the trip to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. It was well worth the trip. We enjoyed the presentation put on by Ranger Daniel on the history of the lighthouse. A couple of people in...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and her family took me to see relatives in Buxton. We stayed very close to the lighthouse and spent a morning visiting. There is quite a lot to do: visit the lighthouse museum, climb up the lighthouse (pay for ticket), and there are...More

Thank Ben G
Reviewed 1 week ago

The lighthouse is open for climbing from the third Friday in April through Columbus Day. The Bodie Island Lighthouse is also open to climbing. (That's relatively new, since 2013)

Thank 873kay
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a good visit. There is a lot of information about the lighthouse and moving the lighthouse. The staff was friendly and helpful. The only problem was the lighthouse was shut down for the season so some aspects were not available, including climbing to...More

Thank P7455EPthomasw
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is such a cool lighthouse. When you think "lighthouse", this is what people have in mind. We were there on Labor Day weekend, and it was busy, but we had no trouble getting tickets to climb the tower within 15 minutes of our arrival....More

Thank barton24
Reviewed 1 week ago

We couldn't climb the lighthouse (temporarily closed), but I got a jigsaw puzzle at the gift shop. There is a 3/4 mile nature trail, explaining the type of forest that grows on these barrier islands, as well as picnic grounds and camping. For birders, there...More

Thank Carla M
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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.