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“Fantastic Pier - WAY Above Average”
Review of Jennette's Pier

Jennette's Pier
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Ranked #3 of 40 things to do in Nags Head
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

There is ample parking and it's wheelchair accessible. There is a long history to Jennette's Pier which is detailed on panels outside on the front. Take the time to read this, it's worth it. The pier was first destroyed by wood rot over 50 years ago and has since been rebuilt several times after being destroyed by hurricanes - one storm tossed a submerged ship through the middle of it.

Now that the NC Parks have taken over the pier, it's a thing of beauty on many levels. The massive concrete piers make the the one built only with wood seem like matchsticks. This is a leed-certified green structure - huge windmills take advantage of the near-constant breezes here and there is also solar. There are aquariums on display inside. There is a nice gift shop if you're looking for souvenirs. Oh, and plenty of fishing, too. They request a $2 donation, but there's no pressure (the donation box is RIGHT by the door where you walk out - very easy to see, if you'd like to make a donation, which I happily do every time I visit). In the summer, there are a lot of family educational programs about sea life, the beach in general, and learn-to-fish type programs - all very reasonable and fun. It's a great asset to Nags Head and I would put it on your list of things to see while you're in the area. It's at MP 16.5, which is the crossroads for the beach road, bypass, causeway to Manteo, and entrance to Cape Hatteras National Seashore. It's also one of the longest piers on the Atlantic and well-worth the trip to the end of the pier.

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Reviewed 2 November 2013

this is by far the best pier i have been to in north carolina. the people that built this pier spared no expense on this one. it has an airconditioned gift shop and snack bar area. also has public rest rooms for all. visit this place on your next trip to nagshead nc.

Thank 296mary
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

Ever since this sturdy concrete pier opened in Nags Head, NC, we have enjoyed coming here. We happened upon a surfing competition here, watched a lunar event once, and have enjoyed many sunny walks on the beach. If you like to fish, venture out on this long pier and cast your line.

Thank susieqRockville_MD
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

Jenette's Pier was pretty much exactly like every other fishing pier at a coastal tourist town. They request a two dollar donation if you walk on but no one asked us for the money and we never saw any collection box. There is a gift shop. It has what look to be nice aquariums inside but they were closed for repairs when we were there. The gifts are your usual array of ocean themed nick nacks at fairly standard tourist shop prices. You can rent fishing gear and fish off the pier. There were tons of people doing just that even though we came in late October well after the end of the normal season. They were catching small fish a little smaller than my hand on a variety of baits. I did not see anything big enough to keep while I was there. There are three wind turbines on the pier which makes it visible for miles around. The beach on either side of the pier is nice soft white sound, with a great selection of shells washed up at the high tide mark. The water is clean and was wonderfully bracing when we went swimming out past the surf to the calmer areas. Unfortunately the view past the beach is not very attractive. Hotels and construction and somewhat battered looking rental houses.

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Reviewed 25 October 2013

The pier is amazing beautiful and wide. A large free parking lot with a bathhouse adjoin it. On the pier, there are benches and shaded spots to stay out of the sun on a hot day. We enjoyed watching the fisherman and taking photos. The aquarium displays are currently close, which was a disappointment.

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