Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Buxton

A life-saving piece of engineering, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse protects sailors from what's been nicknamed "The Graveyard of the Atlantic." The lighthouse rises 64 m (210 ft), making it the tallest lighthouse in the world. Start exploring across from the lighthouse at the Hatteras Island Visitor Center and Museum of the Sea, where you'll discover the history and legend of the lighthouse. Here you'll also find information about Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Use our Buxton tourist route planner to add Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and other attractions to your Buxton vacation plans.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Great place to visit, helpful friendly rangers and staff! Loved it! We will be back in a year to bring the family.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Must do! Quite the climb but fun experience. Can see a long way. Museum there also. Crazy to see how many ships have floundered.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Be sure to go on a cloudy day in the summer or an unusual day when the tempature is under 80 as it gets really hot at the top. There are height restrictions and timed climbs so get there early. The vi...  more »
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  • July 2, 2017
    Absolutely beautiful. The trip here, the modest fee to get into the lighthouse, and the few minutes of waiting with your tour group is totally worth it. The staff here are prompt, courteous, and professional. The arduous climb to the top of the lighthouse is challenging, but perfectly doable for any healthy adult or child. The sense of accomplishment and satisfaction upon completing the climb to the top is not only satisfying, but also quite wonderful. The view from the top is hard to put into words but safe to say it is majestic, gorgeous, and magical.
  • July 8, 2017
    the Cape Hatteras National Seashore had a great Junior Ranger program. The ranger talks are informative and fun. Visitor Centers and bathrooms are air conditioned. Right now, July 2017, the light is actually busted. The NPS maintains the grounds and the buildings, but the Coast Guard maintains the light and they've"been slow to respond", to hear the rangers tell it. Additionally, the old lighthouse location marker had been covered by the shifting sands (or the ocean, who knows?). It would be nice to have a interpretive sign noting where the lighthouse was from 1872-1999.
  • June 22, 2017
    Not the easiest of climbs in the summer. 85° outside and there is no air movement on the climb. The ranger in the lighthouse mentioned the heat index was near 100°. 250+ stairs make for quite the climb. The result of the climb, though, are spectacular. Views in all directions. A nice breeze. Well worth the trip
  • June 8, 2017
    Summer 2002- my family went to trip to Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. That's so beautiful huge tallest lighthouse 💜😘. But no open public, still working fixed up stairs shape. 😢 no go in. Take pictures beach and lighthouse. Summer 2003- my family went again visit there. Now finally open public go climb steps top. $4.00 ticket go in, not bad cost. My grandma can't go in climb steps because very bad pain knee. We go in see many steps so beautiful. Now top level so beautiful views beach and cars parking lot. Stay while 10 mins see around views and take pictures. Go downstairs so tired lots and hot too. Go to gift shop is very nice place. Now i want again go visit there. 😢💔
  • June 28, 2017
    What a fun trip! This lighthouse has awesome views of Hatteras and is such a cool step through history. My parents climbed this same lighthouse about 30 years ago, so it was fun to do the same! This climb takes about 15 minutes if you're taking your time, and there are rest areas on the way up the stairs!

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