Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Buxton

A life-saving piece of engineering, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse protects sailors from what's been nicknamed "The Graveyard of the Atlantic." The lighthouse rises 64 m (210 ft), making it the tallest lighthouse in the world. Start exploring across from the lighthouse at the Hatteras Island Visitor Center and Museum of the Sea, where you'll discover the history and legend of the lighthouse. Here you'll also find information about Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Buxton using our trip planner.
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  • Visiting and climbing Hatteras was on my bucket list. Arrived and discovered that it was closed for the season. Nonetheless the museum and store was open and you could walk everywhere there. It is bea...  more »
  • This one was closed for climbs. No visitor center open. They did have the bathrooms open. Nothing to see other than the lighthouse. Would love to come back when it is open for climbs.  more »
  • Great place to visit while on vacation, plus if you are brave enough climb the lighthouse to see great views of the coastline and your quads will thank you later for it! Great museum on the property that gives not only the history of the lighthouse but the great project it was to move the lighthouse just a 1/2 mile from the old sight. Then while you are there check out where the old site was very cool and informative information there on how our coastline is ever changing.
  • Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is a fun family outing if your at the outer Banks. Fun Fact the light shed from the lighthouse is visible every 7 seconds! If you have little ones which can't walk and need to be carried then you cannot walk to the top. That being said you do not need to visit the top to enjoy. The ranger station has a lot of fun info on it's origins and more on when they moved locations. Very close off the main road, easy to find.
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