We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Lighthouse Rd, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
+1 252-995-4474
Call
Website
Save
Review Highlights
North Carolina's iconic lighthouse a "must-see" Outer Banks attraction!

Square in the middle of North Carolina’s fabulous Outer Banks stands Cape Hatteras, the granddaddy... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
D2958ZXgarym
,
King, United States
If you're on the Outer Banks, you must see this.

If you're already on the Outer Banks, you must stop and see this historic lighthouse. Hopefully... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rick C
,
Prescott Valley, Arizona
Read all 2,104 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
The nation's tallest lighthouse was moved to a different location to preserve it.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good20%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“light house” (163 reviews)
“worth the climb” (92 reviews)
“the outer banks” (205 reviews)
Open Now
All hours
Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
LOCATION
Lighthouse Rd, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
CONTACT
Website
+1 252-995-4474
Write a ReviewReviews (2,104)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"light house"
in 163 reviews
"worth the climb"
in 92 reviews
"the outer banks"
in 205 reviews
"gift shop"
in 140 reviews
"original location"
in 59 reviews
"cape hatteras"
in 126 reviews
"beautiful view"
in 45 reviews
"climb the stairs"
in 32 reviews
"walk up"
in 29 reviews
"park ranger"
in 45 reviews
"present location"
in 22 reviews
"worth the trip"
in 41 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 30 reviews
"original site"
in 26 reviews
"great history"
in 22 reviews
"catch your breath"
in 24 reviews
"off season"
in 36 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 2,073 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Square in the middle of North Carolina’s fabulous Outer Banks stands Cape Hatteras, the granddaddy of all American lighthouses, a true “must-see” attraction for any Tar Heel traveler. Just under 200 feet in height, Cape Hatteras lighthouse is the tallest such tower in the world....More

Thank D2958ZXgarym
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're already on the Outer Banks, you must stop and see this historic lighthouse. Hopefully you're not here during the off-season as they close the light house, so there is not climbing to the top during that time. There is a small gift shop,...More

Thank Rick C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Extraordinary views. Climb to the top. It's worth it! The staff are friendly and helpful. The park is self supporting, so help contribute by purchasing merchandise at the gift shop!

Thank Anne T
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Must-visit for the iconic OBX lighthouse photo opp! Small visitor center with souvenirs; climbing is spring - fall only. Also good to visit the original site of the lighthouse ( it was moved several years ago) for a more distant photo of the lighthouse from...More

Thank Lisa S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been visiting the Outer Banks since I was very young. Only in the past few years have I been coming back as an adult. It is so much fun and feeling of accomplishment to climb the Cape Hatteras lighthouse. To read up on...More

Thank brookeann521
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the reason it's the best one beautiful, nice view, historic, plus has history about moving inland a few years ago, kid friendly, nice walk up, nicely priced admission, cute gift shop, and nice museum all on premise.

Thank Colleen C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Since it had to be moved from coast to be saved it's sitting in a field which definitely takes away from the overall feel of a lighthouse. We weren't able to walk to the top and maybe if we had, the experience might have been...More

Thank Corusc80
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 16 January 2018

If you've not done it, I suggest you take some time & visit ALL the lighthouses along the NC coast. They are all interesting, many have unique history &, on a clear day, you can see for miles. I have visited this lighthouse twice. The...More

Thank Matthew W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 9 January 2018

It was so odd seeing this lighthouse in its current location after visiting it twice before in its previous location. If you're there in season, definitely take the climb to the top. If you want a nice stroll on the beach, visit its old location.

Thank wirttravelers
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

Very nice and friendly staff. Lighthouse was closed for the season but still neat to visit. There is a cost to climb the lighthouse but because it was closed we just walked around the outside.

Thank Ruth Ann E
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
PreviousNext
123456208
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 11 hotels in Hatteras Island
Hatteras Island Inn Buxton
194 reviews
1.84 km away
Cape Pines Motel
316 reviews
1.92 km away
Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging
309 reviews
2.01 km away
Outer Banks Motel
156 reviews
2.10 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Buxton Munch Company
567 reviews
1.66 km away
Cafe Pamlico
700 reviews
3.68 km away
Gingerbread House Bakery & Pizza
203 reviews
7.62 km away
Orange Blossom Bakery
821 reviews
1.64 km away
Nearby Attractions
Equine Adventures
189 reviews
6.86 km away
Canadian Hole
63 reviews
1.78 km away
Uncle Eddy's Frozen Custard and 18-Hole Mini Golf
100 reviews
1.80 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Christy B
23 February 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from mlowder500 | Reviewed this property |
It’s open for climbing from mid April thru mid October.
0
Votes
JRBS
8 August 2017|
AnswerShow all 9 answers
Response from Scott M | Reviewed this property |
I’m sorry for the delay but our daughter was 5 years old and she made it fine. It is a long hike up the winding stairs but well worth the effort.
0
Votes
Wineno
20 June 2017|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from Kim H | Reviewed this property |
I went when it was rainy on purpose! It was fairly busy, but I was there before Memorial Day so off season.
0
Votes
PreviousNext
1234