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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Lighthouse Rd, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
+1 252-995-4474
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North Carolina's iconic lighthouse a "must-see" Outer Banks attraction!

Square in the middle of North Carolina’s fabulous Outer Banks stands Cape Hatteras, the granddaddy... read more

Reviewed yesterday
King, United States
If you're on the Outer Banks, you must see this.

If you're already on the Outer Banks, you must stop and see this historic lighthouse. Hopefully... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Rick C
Prescott Valley, Arizona
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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 yesterday

Square in the middle of North Carolina’s fabulous Outer Banks stands Cape Hatteras, the granddaddy of all American lighthouses, a true “must-see” attraction for any Tar Heel traveler. Just under 200 feet in height, Cape Hatteras lighthouse is the tallest such tower in the world....More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

If you're already on the Outer Banks, you must stop and see this historic lighthouse. Hopefully you're not here during the off-season as they close the light house, so there is not climbing to the top during that time. There is a small gift shop,...More

Thank Rick C
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Extraordinary views. Climb to the top. It's worth it! The staff are friendly and helpful. The park is self supporting, so help contribute by purchasing merchandise at the gift shop!

Thank Anne T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Must-visit for the iconic OBX lighthouse photo opp! Small visitor center with souvenirs; climbing is spring - fall only. Also good to visit the original site of the lighthouse ( it was moved several years ago) for a more distant photo of the lighthouse from...More

Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been visiting the Outer Banks since I was very young. Only in the past few years have I been coming back as an adult. It is so much fun and feeling of accomplishment to climb the Cape Hatteras lighthouse. To read up on...More

Thank brookeann521
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the reason it's the best one beautiful, nice view, historic, plus has history about moving inland a few years ago, kid friendly, nice walk up, nicely priced admission, cute gift shop, and nice museum all on premise.

Thank Colleen C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Since it had to be moved from coast to be saved it's sitting in a field which definitely takes away from the overall feel of a lighthouse. We weren't able to walk to the top and maybe if we had, the experience might have been...More

Thank Corusc80
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you've not done it, I suggest you take some time & visit ALL the lighthouses along the NC coast. They are all interesting, many have unique history &, on a clear day, you can see for miles. I have visited this lighthouse twice. The...More

Thank Matthew W
Reviewed 8 January 2018

It was so odd seeing this lighthouse in its current location after visiting it twice before in its previous location. If you're there in season, definitely take the climb to the top. If you want a nice stroll on the beach, visit its old location.

Thank wirttravelers
Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

Very nice and friendly staff. Lighthouse was closed for the season but still neat to visit. There is a cost to climb the lighthouse but because it was closed we just walked around the outside.

Thank Ruth Ann E
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8 August 2017|
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Response from Scott M | Reviewed this property |
I’m sorry for the delay but our daughter was 5 years old and she made it fine. It is a long hike up the winding stairs but well worth the effort.
20 June 2017|
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Response from Kim H | Reviewed this property |
I went when it was rainy on purpose! It was fairly busy, but I was there before Memorial Day so off season.
18 May 2017|
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Response from amfh | Reviewed this property |
For a family of five, the cost amortizes out to $5.60 per person. IMHO, that is a very small price to pay for being able to say "I climbed the tallest lighthouse in the United States!" And, the cost for a senior is only... More