Lighthouses & Historic Sites

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is open seasonally from the third Friday in April through Columbus Day for self-guided climbs, but the grounds are open year round. There are 257 steps from the ground to the balcony with handrail only on one side, two-way traffic, and a landing every 31 steps, and with no air conditioning, often high humidity and no elevator, the climb is strenuous! But those who are healthy enough to climb to the top will enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Hatteras Island.
Location: Cape Hatteras
Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site

Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site

Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station in Rodanthe is the most complete site of remaining life-saving stations in North Carolina and one of the nation's most complete sites. The station's purpose is to restore, preserve, protect, educate and interpret the rich history of these valiant men and their dedication to the U.S. Life-Saving Service. They are open to the public from mid-April through November and host tours, programs, reenactments and special events.
Location: NC Highway 12 in the village of Rodanthe, on Hatteras Island at the MP 39.5
Phone: (252) 987-1552
The Hatteras Weather Bureau Station

The Hatteras Weather Bureau Station

The first US Weather Bureau Station managed by the Army Signal Service's on Hatteras Island was established at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Keeper's Quarter in 1874; was moved to the Hatteras Life Saving Station in 1880 and later transferred to a Hatteras Village private residence in 1883. On July 1, 1891 the US Weather Bureau was established in the Department of Agriculture by the transfer from the Army Signal Corps, meteorological service. In 1901 the first official building was constructed for the United States Weather Bureau on Hatteras Island. The station manned by an observer and a maintenance man was equipped with telegraph communication to the District Forecast Center in Washington, D.C. Hourly checks were made of the temperature, humidity, wind velocity, solar radiation, barometric pressure and precipitation. An important part of the national weather network, the station received information from lifesaving stations, issued coastal forecasts and storm warnings. This historic site is not open to the public, though you can stop by and view the outside of this unique piece of history.
Location: Saxon Cut Road & Kohler Road Hatteras, NC 27943
Phone: (252) 473-2111
Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center

Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center

In Frisco, the Native American history of Hatteras Island and the Native American culture of our nation are preserved. The owners have taken great care to preserve Native American heritage, with their collection of artifacts, exhibits and natural history displays. Galleries include information on Native Americans across the United States, and arts and crafts from around the nation. A dugout canoe, tools, instruments and other items found on the museum property offer a glimpse into the island's former life. The gift shop has a wide variety of Native American-made items and arts and crafts. While you're there, be sure to walk on the nature trails that wind through several acres of forest.
Location: 23645 NC Highway 12, Frisco, NC 27936
Phone: (252) 995-4440