The barrier islands of North Carolina are a popular tourist destination because of the long stretches of unspoiled beaches. But touring the gorgeous lighthouses on Outer Banks is a top thing to do there too.
I’ve been to the OBX three times and during each trip, I’ve been drawn to the lighthouses. In fact, I will visit some lighthouses multiple times during one trip. I often get teased for my love of these coastal icons which started with tours of Outer Banks lighthouses.
The first lighthouse in the area was built in 1803, and there are now 11 lighthouses total. Each of these OBX lighthouses has its own unique history and personality.
The Bodie Island Lighthouse is probably the most popular one to visit, as it’s located close to the entrance of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. This lighthouse is also open for tours, which give visitors a chance to climb to the top and see some amazing views.
If you want to see a really tall lighthouse, then head to Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. At 208 feet tall, it’s the world’s tallest brick lighthouse in America! It’s also open for tours, so you can climb to the top and see some stunning views of the Outer Banks coastline.
Bodie Island Lighthouse
The Bodie Island Lighthouse is a beautiful lighthouse that is located in Nags Head in the Outer Banks. This lighthouse is one of the most popular in the area and is open to visit.
The view from the top of the lighthouse is absolutely stunning, and it is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. I visited this beautiful lighthouse three times the last time I was in the Outer Banks.
While you’re here, be sure to also check out the boardwalk! At the end of the boardwalk there’s a great place to sit and look out at the marsh you see behind me in the picture above. Oh, and there’s some great views of the lighthouse from here as well!
Hatteras Island Lighthouse
The Hatteras Island Lighthouse is said to be haunted by the ghost of a coastguard who died in a shipwreck. This only makes the lighthouse more alluring to tourists, who come to see this spooky site.
The lighthouse was built in 1802 and is the oldest lighthouse on the Outer Banks. It has been damaged by storms over the years, but has been restored and is now open to visitors. You can climb the world’s tallest brick lighthouse to get beautiful views of the Outer Banks shoreline!
Be sure to visit the museum while you’re here! The museum is in the old lighthouse keepers house. Inside, you’ll can learn about the history of this landmark.
There’s even a section of the museum dedicated to showing how they moved the lighthouse in 1999. It was quite the feat for this massive lighthouse to be moved!
Ocracoke Island Lighthouse
The Ocracoke Light Station was built in 1823 and is the smallest lighthouse in the bunch. The lighthouse is located on a small island near Ocracoke Village and is accessible only by boat. But, the ferry to Ocracoke Island is free!
While you’re on the island, be sure to visit the small museum on the that tells the story of the Ocracoke Island lighthouse and its keepers.
Currituck Beach Lighthouse
The Currituck Beach Lighthouse is a brick lighthouse located in Corolla, North Carolina. The lighthouse was built in 1875. The light from the Currituck Beach Lighthouse can be seen for up to 20 miles out to sea.
The Currituck Beach Lighthouse is open to visitors year-round. Visitors can climb the 228 steps to the top of the lighthouse for amazing views of the Outer Banks coastline.
While you’re there, be sure to explore Historic Corolla Park where the lighthouse is located. You can take a tour of The Historic Whalehead Club, or you can take a walk around the beautiful park. There’s a lot to see in the park!
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse
This lighthouse is a small one on Roanoke Island. It’s located in the heart of the Roanoke Marshes on the Manteo Waterfront. It’s said that this is one of the most beautiful spots on the Outer Banks. Be sure to visit this lighthouse while you’re visiting the lively downtown Manteo.
I wanted to quickly go over some questions people often ask about visiting the lighthouses in OBX.
There are 5 lighthouses in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
There are a few lighthouses on the Outer Banks. The most famous is the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, which is the tallest lighthouse in America. There’s also the Bodie Island Lighthouse, Ocracoke Lighthouse, Currituck Beach Lighthouse, and the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse.
Yes, you can go inside three of the five lighthouses in Outer Banks. The ones open to the public are Cape Hatteras, Currituck Beach, and Bodie Island.
Reasons to see lighthouse in Outer Banks
If you’re looking for a unique and beautiful vacation spot, be sure to check out the Outer Banks lighthouses!
The Outer Banks are a unique and beautiful vacation spot on the East Coast. There are many things to do and see in the area, but one of the most popular activities is visiting the lighthouses.
The Cape Hatteras lighthouse is the tallest brick lighthouse in America, and it’s definitely worth a visit. The Bodie Island lighthouse is also a popular stop, and it has some great views of the ocean. If you’re looking for a unique and beautiful vacation spot, be sure to check out the Outer Banks.
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