Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
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The nation's tallest lighthouse was moved to a different location to preserve it.
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  • GwensGramma
    Durham, North Carolina490 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive lighthouse!
    We were excited to see another North Carolina lighthouse. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse has a fascinating history. The onsite museum shows how it was moved further inland as the sea encroached on its original site. The visitors center and gift shop was full of informative books and other items.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 July 2023
  • MomOf4GreatOnes
    35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
    We stayed in Nags Head, so this was about an hour's drive for us. But it was worth it! The lighthouse is beautiful - very photogenic! The museum was very informative as to the lighthouse and the part it's played in our nation's history. But since it is in the historic lighthouse keeper's home, be prepared to climb steps to the second floor for the full experience. Plenty of parking and restrooms. There is a nice-sized gift shop. Even with a lot of people visiting at the same time, getting a beautiful view and photo is not an issue here.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 August 2023
  • not@work
    Lawrenceville, Illinois438 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So cool
    The history of this lighthouse is so cool and definitely worth the stop. The lighthouse itself is closed for renovations but the museum has a lot of great information about the lighthouse and how they moved it. I am so glad we stopped to see this one. This is one of the four that we visited during our stay in Kitty Hawk.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 August 2023
  • Lisa S
    Hummelstown, Pennsylvania10,201 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Stop!
    Unfortunately the lighthouse is undergoing renovations so you cannot climb it. Go in the keeper house though lots of good information in there. Nice grounds lots of benches in the shade to sit. Natl Parks shop and clean restrooms. Big parking lot.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 September 2023
  • James M
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom239 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lighthouse History
    The lighthouse and accompanying museum were worth the 60 mile drive from Kill Devil Hills. Cape Hatteras lighthouse was the tallest in the USA and was moved in one piece some 600m to safer ground when threatened by coastal erosion. Lighthouse keeper's lives were highlighted in 2 wooden houses that doubled as a museum Amazing bridges and lovely beaches made the trip down enjoyable. A really interesting visit
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 September 2023
  • Bonnie C
    Corona, California1,752 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Enlightening experience
    I haven't been to the lighthouse since the "move", so was very excited to see the new location. The spot is perfect, although the lighthouse is temporarily closed for entering and climbing the 268 steps up the spiral staircase! The lightkeeper home was open and had some wonderful displays and information on the history. Of course the museum gift store was also open. This is a National Park so don't forget to bring your passport book to stamp the park! I would allocate at least one 1/2 hours here, more once lighthouse reopens.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 October 2023
  • csserious2
    Chantilly, Virginia819 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Short and sweet trip to history
    We visited the enchanting lighthouse on our way to Buxton and Pamlico Sound. We did not have much time, so the trip was brief and sweet. As we marveled at the black and white striped lighthouse, the friendly ranger offered us to snap pictures, kind of him. I came to know that the waters are treacherous around the shore responsible for numerous ship wrecks, hence the lighthouse must have proven to be the lifeline to the sailors. All in all, it is a beauty and history wrapped together. Highly recommended.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 October 2023
  • Binghamtonians
    Newport, Rhode Island9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Famous Hatteras Lighthouse, worth the trip
    Fantastic state park. We highly recommend visiting. We were off season when we went exploring to the southern most part of the OBX. If visiting in summer, grab water, sunblock, hat and flip flops. Explore the beautiful beach, go shelling, be mindful if swimming and only swim where there are lifeguards on duty. We saw many ocean rip currents and we both enjoy swimming however, we are forever mindful of our surroundings before we venture in for a dip. If you do not know what a rip current looks like, take the time, educate yourself and your party and ask a lifeguard on duty. The museum is tastefully done and the park ranger staff is excellent, professional and most informative. The history of the light house, its keepers and then the task of relocating is fascinating. We highly recommend venturing into the national park.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 February 2024
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Tom H
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Wonderful experience, eventhough it was covered by scaffolding. Great history to be read. We bought several items
In the great and practical gift shop.
Written 26 May 2024
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Binghamtonians
Newport, RI9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Fantastic state park. We highly recommend visiting. We were off season when we went exploring to the southern most part of the OBX.
If visiting in summer, grab water, sunblock, hat and flip flops. Explore the beautiful beach, go shelling, be mindful if swimming and only swim where there are lifeguards on duty. We saw many ocean rip currents and we both enjoy swimming however, we are forever mindful of our surroundings before we venture in for a dip.
If you do not know what a rip current looks like, take the time, educate yourself and your party and ask a lifeguard on duty.
The museum is tastefully done and the park ranger staff is excellent, professional and most informative. The history of the light house, its keepers and then the task of relocating is fascinating.
We highly recommend venturing into the national park.
Written 29 February 2024
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HarvestRecreations
Pigeon Forge, TN125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Very nice to too this famous lighthouse! The lighthouse can be viewed from miles away! Lots of photo opportunities. You can tour the lighthouse seasonally, and you can view the keepers houses and go in them. You can see the path they took the lighthouse when they had to move it. Lots of displays on that move too. Tours of the houses are free and parking is free, you can also go the beach on the old location.
Written 30 January 2024
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Beatlbug
Woodbridge, VA86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
My husband and I got to take photos and do some exploring. We couldn’t climb as it’s under construction. We were able to see the original site of the lighthouse and the path it took to its new location. We went through the gift shop and the lady behind the counter was very knowledgeable. I would love to go back when we can climb the lighthouse.
Written 29 December 2023
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Homecroft56
Nineveh, IN464 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Iconic lighthouse - 200' tall - built in 1863-70. We saw this in 1990. Was shocked to return in 2023 and discover that it was moved 1/2 mile further inland in 1999. The ocean continues to erode away the coast. Watch the You Tube video on the move - how to move a lighthouse that weighs nearly 10 million pounds! Amazing feat of engineering. Large light keepers house holds a nice museum with a lot of history. Docents can share more info. Normally you can climb to the top, but it is closed for renovations right now.
Written 30 October 2023
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klay36
Roanoke, VA692 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Easy to get to. Grounds are easily accessible. Love visiting here. Nice gift shop too. Should visit if you’re in the area.
Written 24 October 2023
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csserious2
Chantilly, VA819 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We visited the enchanting lighthouse on our way to Buxton and Pamlico Sound. We did not have much time, so the trip was brief and sweet. As we marveled at the black and white striped lighthouse, the friendly ranger offered us to snap pictures, kind of him. I came to know that the waters are treacherous around the shore responsible for numerous ship wrecks, hence the lighthouse must have proven to be the lifeline to the sailors. All in all, it is a beauty and history wrapped together. Highly recommended.
Written 19 October 2023
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trojan77
Gainesville, GA420 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Very majestic lighthouse. Perhaps the best of the four on the OBX. I believe that it's one of the tallest on the Atlantic seaboard. A must see.
Written 4 October 2023
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Bonnie C
Corona, CA1,752 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
I haven't been to the lighthouse since the "move", so was very excited to see the new location.
The spot is perfect, although the lighthouse is temporarily closed for entering and climbing the 268 steps up the spiral staircase!
The lightkeeper home was open and had some wonderful displays and information on the history.
Of course the museum gift store was also open. This is a National Park so don't forget to bring your passport book to stamp the park!
I would allocate at least one 1/2 hours here, more once lighthouse reopens.
Written 2 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

James M
Milton Keynes, UK239 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The lighthouse and accompanying museum were worth the 60 mile drive from Kill Devil Hills. Cape Hatteras lighthouse was the tallest in the USA and was moved in one piece some 600m to safer ground when threatened by coastal erosion. Lighthouse keeper's lives were highlighted in 2 wooden houses that doubled as a museum Amazing bridges and lovely beaches made the trip down enjoyable. A really interesting visit
Written 30 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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