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  • Christy A
    Bristol, VA81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We could not walk up into the lighthouse since they are doing restoration, but seeing it is still amazing. The museum is very informative and to see the video on how they moved the lighthouse is amazing. They have a gift shop as well.
    Written 4 June 2024
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  • GmaDonnaB
    Clemmons, NC94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cape Hatteras is a treasure. Rented a condo “beach side” and enjoyed early morning walks on the beach. Saw a deer running on the beach…that was a first!
    It’s quiet and “almost” untouched. Sat on the beach and enjoy dolphins and even sharks! A Humpback Whale skull washed up on shore the day before I arrived!
    If you’re looking for quiet, local food places that are great, this is the place…fresh seafood daily!!
    You won’t be disappointed…it’s a wonderful place to just relax and slow down. I will definitely go back!!!
    Written 22 May 2024
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  • punjren7325
    Somerset, NJ10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a simple, dog friendly, very clean beach. It was only 5 minutes away from where we stayed and we loved it! Will definitely go again.
    Written 5 February 2024
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  • cheri
    Raleigh, NC23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We went on a campfire crabs and constellations tour. The kids were amazed. They got to learn how to catch ghost crabs safely. We got sand fleas/ saw females with eggs and return them safely to the ocean. We cooked marshmallows, and ate s’mores over an open fire and looked at the stars. They learned about the constellations. It was a beautiful night an amazing experience, and we are going again this month. This is for kids and families of any age. We had teenagers and middle school elementary and even the little kids there was something for everyone to learn and enjoy! This is the best kept secret on the beach!
    Written 30 June 2023
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  • SkiKCI
    Kansas11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great beach for little ones on days where the surf is too rough in the ocean to enjoy the water. Even on the windiest days it would be hard to call the waves here real waves. Restroom facilities on site are primitive but there are several outdoor sand showers to clean off before the car ride home.

    Great for kite surfing - wide open and expansive shallow flat are great for learning. It’s possible to walk 100 yards out into the water and be no deeper than knees-deep.

    Bring a kayak and get out into the deeper water for some mean trout fishing.
    Written 6 July 2023
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  • Dennis Burket
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pea island art gallery will be open in 2024. It will not disappoint. They keep saying they are closing but happily local art work still for sale. They are not selling or shipping on web
    Written 5 June 2024
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  • vhash77
    North Wilkesboro, NC1,065 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    While exploring the OBX we decided to stop and walk out on this pier. Being a NC resident from the foothills, we know all too well the weather the OBX gets. It was very interesting to see how the pier over the years has been shaped in the curvy pier that it is - we were surprised especially after the last few storms on the coast that the pier was still standing so well. It's an old wooden pier, with repairs - and no it is not in a straight line any more. Still at $2.00 per person for an all day pass it was well worth the experience. The staff who run the pier office were very pleasant to chat with as well.
    Written 21 May 2023
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  • psudino
    Weehawken, NJ4,391 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We stayed during one of the busiest weeks in the summer and this beach did not feel crowded at all. Yes the dunes are steep, but once you cross them, the uncrowded and wide beach awaits. We had not problem spreading out and even in the afternoons when the beaches are normally packed there was plenty of space.

    Warning to first time visitors: There are no lifeguards on duty here. The waves are typical OBX and the rip tide is very strong, so if this is your first time staying at the OBX, please be careful
    Written 10 May 2023
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  • Jean H
    Pleasant Prairie, WI288 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This museum was recommended by locals as well as found in the North Carolina Visitor's Guide, and I'm glad we stopped here. It took less than an hour for my hubby and I to go through. It is a nice little museum with a unique story to tell.

    Having worked at a museum for 15 years, I can appreciate what all goes into the exhibiting, labeling, and rotating of artifacts, as well as the best use of space and general traffic flow. A few things that caught my eye right away were:
    1. The design of the building - the side facing the street looks like the main frame of a wooden ship.
    2. First-order Fresnel lens - this is the largest order of lens Fresnel made for lighthouses, and the first one I've been this close to. It's story of survival is pretty incredible.
    3. Unique exhibit - how citizens used goods scavenged from shipwrecks including books, tables, and even sewing machines.
    4. Panels and displays discussing what all is involved in conservation, documentation, archaeological information, stabilization, preservation, storage,
    and displaying of an artifact - the "so what" factors of finding anything from a previous time period or civilization and the basic reason museums exist. Every museum should have this type of exhibit - BRAVO! And the story of Blackbeard's ship Queen Anne's Revenge makes the point - Arrrr! Well done, Matey!
    5. Glass wall allowing visitors to view the conservation lab and what happens before an artifact is put in a museum exhibit. People often do not realize that only a small percentage of a museum's artifacts are on display at any given time - again BRAVO!

    Some things seemed out of place to me, such as:
    1. All the space dedicated to the evolution of diving equipment; I could understand having some diving gear and talking about scavenging shipwrecks, but going into the history and displaying all the different breathing apparatus didn't quite fit in with the "mission" of shipwrecks.
    2. The panel on when Hatteras Village received electricity
    3. The exhibit on commercial fishing
    These seemed like odd "oh by the way" topics, too far distantly related to shipwrecks for the space they were given.
    Written 27 November 2021
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  • Kevin K
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We stopped in to purchase fresh seafood on our way back home and met the new owners. They were very helpful with our seafood chooses and packed it in ice for us to travel back home. We met the whole family and talked for a long while. Very nice people. We will be back!
    Written 13 May 2024
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  • Fonda W
    9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    On a day trip to Hatteras we visited Frisco Native American Museum. It's a small museum,but admission is only $5. We really enjoyed it. A variety of items from different tribes. They have trails but we weren't able to walk them because it was shortly after hurricane Dorian.
    Written 23 September 2019
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  • Monica_W1970
    Raleigh, NC82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you're looking for a gift/specialty shop that sells quality items at remarkably affordable prices, this is the place. Everything still has that beachy, OBX vibe but with a more artistic flair. We not only found some cute items for ourselves but managed to pick up some gifts for family. I especially loved their handmade, paper Christmas ornaments. The owners were friendly and even dove into their stockroom to see if they could find more options for the items we liked the most. I'm wishing today I'd bought a few things I left behind. Would definitely return if I find myself on Hatteras again.
    Written 19 August 2021
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