Bodie Island Light House

Bodie Island Light House is a must-see destination for anyone who loves history, nature, and stunning views of the shoreline and marshlands.

This iconic lighthouse on the Outer Banks of North Carolina has been guiding sailors safely through the treacherous waters of the Atlantic since 1872.

Before the tower that stands today, two smaller lighthouses had fallen. The tower that stands today has been standing since 1872.

To get here, take you’ll take North Carolina Highway 12. Then, you’ll turn onto Bodie Island Lighthouse Road, across from Coquina Beach. Parking is free.

The visitor center is a great place to start your visit. It's in the old on-site lighthouse keeper’s quarters. Inside, you’ll find displays that give you a glimpse into the history of the lighthouse.

One of the most popular things to do is climb the lighthouse. Tickets are available online and can only be purchased on the day that you plan to climb the lighthouse.

To get to the top of the lighthouse, you’ll climb 214 steps. It’s like climbing a 10-story building! There are various landings to take a breather at as you make your way up to the top.

When you reach the top, you will have stunning views of the surrounding landscape. You’ll get spectacular views of the marshlands below, Roanoke Sound, and the Oregon Inlet.

When you get back on the ground, be sure to walk around the beautiful property that the lighthouse stands on. Take the boardwalk to the viewing platform for the marshlands.