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Impressive and Worth the Visit

We have often stopped by the Cape Hatteras lighthouse in years past. It is a magnificent... read more

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Hillsdale, New Jersey
Good climb and nice area

We enjoyed our climb of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Note - you must be 42” to climb and they do... read more

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The nation's tallest lighthouse was moved to a different location to preserve it.
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Lighthouse Rd, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
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Reviewed today

We have often stopped by the Cape Hatteras lighthouse in years past. It is a magnificent structure, one that has prevented countless maritime catastrophes in turbulent, shoal-filled waters.. You can learn about the history of the lighthouse and the natural history of the area in...More

Thank Ashburn1
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed our climb of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Note - you must be 42” to climb and they do measure the kids. We bought our tickets there and within 20 minutes we were climbing. Before you climb a ranger gives a nice background and of...More

Thank A K
Reviewed 6 days ago

We arrived early in the morning, which helps with the crowds. We did not have to wait very long to be able to climb to the top. The ranger at the top talked with us for over 45 minutes about the history of the lighthouse...More

1  Thank kittyc1976
Reviewed 1 week ago

I braved the heat of the August sun and went to the top of the lighthouse and was rewarded with an incredible view and even more incredible breeze! It was worth the climb, so much so that I went back and purchased the tshirt!! A...More

1  Thank econotraveller41
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had an amazing time. The price was reasonable and the park rangers were very knowledgeable. The climb was well worth the refreshing breeze and breathtaking views from the top.

Thank EmilyTheresa
Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved this lighthouse! We took the stairs all the way to the top! What a beautiful view from up there! We loved the history of the lighthouse and the island!

Thank Christy S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We climbed the lighthouse in the middle of the afternoon with a heat warning. The light house is beautiful. The view from the top was amazing....but man... what a climb! There are several areas on the way up to stop off and rest and they...More

1  Thank BrieannaU
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My mother and I visited a few weeks ago. I did not go prepared to make the climb, but next time, I will wear appropriate clothing (i.e. sneakers, pants/sweats) to make the walk up the steps. The property is run by the National Parks Service,...More

1  Thank JayLorraine
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a quick stop because I had to catch the ferry. It was still enjoyable. This is the tallest brick lighthouse in North America. There is a nice gift shop run by the park service where you can get all kinds of momentos. It...More

1  Thank Matt L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must see if your in the area. It has historical interest and is a great subject for photography. If you are inclined you can go to the top and get a view of the surrounding landscape. Enjoy!

Thank Robert S
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25 June 2018|
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Response from kedalion1 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Marta - Go to the "Double Lightkeeper's House" - on the 1st floor, in an air-conditioned small theater, they show a movie on demand which has a young park ranger walking from the bottom to the top of the light-house... More
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23 February 2018|
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Response from Emma C | Reviewed this property |
My sister who is a 9 year old was barley able to climb it. (Or she was a nine year old) I think that only your 6 year old could come. Idk exactly, but I don’t think anyone older than 5 can come.