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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Lighthouse Rd, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
+1 252-995-4474
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Fun place to go

We went midday during the week. There were 9 of us. There is ample parking not far from the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Frankie D
via mobile
15 minutes

Head north of the downtown proper Hatteras by about ten miles, hang a right at the sign and park... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Suzan H
Dunedin, Florida
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The nation's tallest lighthouse was moved to a different location to preserve it.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good20%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Lighthouse Rd, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
+1 252-995-4474
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went midday during the week. There were 9 of us. There is ample parking not far from the lighthouse. On the way there is a large boardwalk shopping/restroom area that does have some air conditioning in the gift shop area. We then walked down...More

Thank Frankie D
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Head north of the downtown proper Hatteras by about ten miles, hang a right at the sign and park for free. Walk up to the lighthouse for free. Or wait in line with 29 other people and wait to climb 250+ stairs for the view....More

Thank Suzan H
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We took the many steps to the top of the lighthouse. The ranger gave a short overview. You go up in small groups, which are time stamped on your ticket. They are landings that you can rest if you need to stop. You can stay...More

Thank Stan M
Reviewed 2 days ago

I was hesitant, very hesitant to climb the two hundred and fifty plus stairs it took to get to the top of the lighthouse. But my sons wanted to do it and a Dad has to be a hero for his sons! The cost was...More

Thank TimothyJWiley
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great place to visit, helpful friendly rangers and staff! Loved it! We will be back in a year to bring the family.

Thank Jennifer T
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Must do! Quite the climb but fun experience. Can see a long way. Museum there also. Crazy to see how many ships have floundered.

Thank Jewels1994
Reviewed 5 days ago

Be sure to go on a cloudy day in the summer or an unusual day when the tempature is under 80 as it gets really hot at the top. There are height restrictions and timed climbs so get there early. The views are worth the...More

Thank Nashna
Reviewed 5 days ago

This lighthouse was on my bucket list, and I wasn't disappointed. Such a clean and well kept place and the workers were great...257 steps, so in our 60s took it slow but got it done. They say no drinks but you are allowed to take...More

Thank Joyce T
Reviewed 6 days ago

We actually went for Cape Point, a beach where off road vehicles are allowed to drive (call ahead to find out how to get a permit). But since our car is not off road, we decided to park at the lighthouse parking and was planning...More

Thank 718gregoryj
Reviewed 1 week ago

A symbol of the Outer Banks, the Hatteras Lighthouse is a must-see. The climb is fun, the view spectacular, and the nearby museum is informative and interesting. Don't miss it!

Thank swinakur
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8 August 2017|
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Response from _rickrichards1 | Reviewed this property |
The smaller ones will not have fun with all the steps, and to tell the truth I would not want them at the top for fear of them breaking free and being scared by the height of it, you really are a long way up ,my own fear of... More
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 Mengerrie | Reviewed this property |
If you don't want to spend the money just send your kids up and you can take pictures of them from the ground. Or if you are even less inclined to spend the money take in the v ideo in the Lighthouse Keepers house it tells a... More