Things to do on & off Hatteras Island

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse with fiery orange sunset

Activities on Hatteras Island



Cape Hatteras Lighthouse:  Buxton

Climb 257 steps to the top of the worlds tallest brick lighthouse for amazing panoramic views.
OBR Pro Tip: Purchase tickets for a full-moon climb and experience the feel of historic night watches.

Chicamacomico Lifesaving Museum:  Rodanthe

Learn the history behind the station pronounced (chi-ka-ma-COM-i-co), view lifesaving drills, and pick up souvenirs in the gift shop.
OBR Pro Tip: Attend the Breeches Buoy Apparatus Drill to see how it was done every Thursday at 2 pm between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge:  North of Rodanthe

Explore 13 miles of Cape Hatteras National Seashore with incredible scenic views and wildlife. For your convenience, the observation platforms are located near the parking areas.
OBR Pro Tip: Plan a guided canoe tour around the sound during the summer months.

Frisco Native American Museum:  Frisco

Discover a collection of Native American artifacts from North American Tribes as well as original inhabitants of Hatteras Island. Explore acres of nature trails in a maritime forest.
OBR Pro Tip: Explore the fossil pile, large sand-filled table bursting with fossilized shells, sharks teeth, and other fossils over a million years old.

Equine Adventures:  Frisco

Make memories that will last a lifetime with a family horseback ride on the beach.
OBR Pro Tip: Explore the fossil pile, large sand-filled table bursting with fossilized shells, sharks teeth, and other fossils over a million years old.

Hatteras Island Ocean Center:  Hatteras

Get in tune with nature and the diverse wildlife of Hatteras Island with tours, exhibits, and more.
OBR Pro Tip: Join them on the beach and help excavate a mock turtle nest, identify turtle tracks, and learn everything you want to know about the life cycle of our local sea turtle species.

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum:  Hatteras

Explore artifacts from over 2,000 shipwrecks sunk off the Coast of North Carolina.
OBR Pro Tip: Attend one of the Underwater Heritage Symposiums. Professional divers and underwater archaeologists explain shipwreck diving experiences, underwater photography, cutting edge research, and maritime history and culture in this day-long event.


Activities off Hatteras Island




Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry:  Hatteras

Take a day drip to disconver Ocracoke Island with a free scenic ferry ride.
OBR Pro Tip: Bring bottled water and sunscreen - most of all room on your camera for photos of the journey! Ocracoke is the unoffical home of the real life "Mater" from the movie Cars. Can you spot him?

Bodie Island Lighthouse:  Nags Head

Climb 214 steps to the top of the Bodie Island Lighthouse - shining a beam 19 miles offshore.
OBR Pro Tip: Get there early to secure your climb time. Tickets are sold on a first come first served basis.

Wright Brothers National Memorial:  Kill Devil Hills

Take an up-close look at the granite memorial, learn history, and all things aviation related!
OBR Pro Tip: Pets are welcomed in outdoor areas of the memorial grounds on a 6' leash.
"For persons with low or no vision, please inform an interpretive ranger or volunteer at the front desk and they can provide an alternative experience with the reproduction of the 1903 flyer." - NPS

Downtown Manteo: 

Whether it's a day or a week, visit boutiques, shops, and restaurants.
OBR Pro Tip: Catch a flick at The Pioneer Theater - the oldes single-screen and family - owned theater in America! If it's Tuesday, don't miss the craft fair at Magnolia Market Place.

NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island:  Manteo

Explore 68,000 square-ft of exhibits covering all aspects of aquatic life in the Outer Banks.
OBR Pro Tip: Feed the stingrays during "Breakfast with the Rays," an indoor program hosted by the aquarium among several others.



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