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“Beautiful Lighthouse”

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Buxton
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Owner description: The nation's tallest lighthouse was moved to a different location to preserve it.
Reviewed 31 May 2011

You can't miss the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, by far the prettiest lighthouse in the whole world. Even if it is too windy to head up into it, walking the grounds, spending time in the gift store and watching a documentary on the lighthouse are all good experiences. Bring your camera.

4  Thank AJWISLER
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Reviewed 31 May 2011

This trip was taken on Memorial Day weekend. The lighthouse itself is the oldest and tallest in North America. It is very cool to look at and to climb. The inside of the lighthouse is actually cooler than the outside on a hot day and you can bring water with you. The climbing fee is $7 (as of May 2011) and site is managed by the National Park Service. The view is worth the price, but do keep in mind that is no joke of a climb, so if you are not in good shape or have kids that are not going to be able to finish the climb, save your money. There is also a small museum and the info on German u-boats attacking NC Outer Banks was the most interesting display. You can still look at the lighthouse and go to the museum fo free. Even though it was Memorial Day weekend, it still was not that crowded towards the end of the day. I am giving this four stars because the gift shop was ok and the bathrooms could have been cleaner, but I have seen worse. Of course the lighthouse was built in the 1800s, so there is no elevator for wheelchairs or strollers. Even the museum is not handicap friendly.

10  Thank globaltrekster
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Reviewed 13 May 2011

We visit this beautiful landmark with it's infamous diagonal stripes each year we go to the Outer Banks. I suggest paying the admission cost once to walk up the lighthouse stairs to view the breath-taking scene on the observation deck at the top of the lighthouse. It IS worth the money, if you can handle the amount of stairs.

The nice thing about going inside the lighthouse is there are landings with windows, so you can stop and catch your breath, if needed. There are park guides stationed inside the lighthouse, who are more than happy to answer any of your questions, or if you're having problems in general.

If you're unable to navigate the stairs, please be aware that there are no elevators. Therefore, if you're in a wheelchair, or on crutches, it'd benefit you to call ahead and see what your options are, if you really want to get to the top.

Be prepared for plenty of wind once you reach the top. Sometimes the NPS will close down the inside of the lighthouse because of excessive wind, so it is something you need to know.

If you don't want to pay the cost to walk up the 230+ stairs, it is free to take photos of the outside of the lighthouse and to visit the lighthouse keeper's house, which is where a tiny shop is located, as well as some pictures of the lighthouse where it had originally stood, and photos of the move of the lighthouse to it's current location.

At the far end of the parking lot, if you walk past the asphalt towards the ocean, you'll come across markers showing where the lighthouse had originally stood.

This is a must-see for anyone who visits the island. It makes for some beautiful photos and fabulous views. It's well worth the money.

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Reviewed 30 January 2011

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is a bit of a drive from anywhere, but well worth it. Traffic is not an issue in the off-season from Nov-Late March, but the lighthouse is not open for visitors either. I did find out that it does open on particularly nice weather days in the off season if there are enough volunteers on site (3 minimum). If you would like to walk up into the lighthouse in the off season make sure you call ahead.
A camera is a must, good walking shoes aren't really required, but make for a better experience.
In most cases this trip can be paired with a lunch at the beach or a tour of the Wright Brothers National Monument for an all day excursion.

Thank CaptT820
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Reviewed 12 October 2010

A beautiful area, worth the visit. OBX as a whole is hands down worth the trip!

Thank krittybean
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