Hatteras Island Ocean Center, Hatteras

4.6
#2 of 8 in Museums in Hatteras Island
The Ocean Center provides a wide variety of recreational and educational activities for people of all ages. With plenty of parking and within walking distance of central Hatteras Village, the Ocean Center is a wonderful resource for visitors and residents, a destination for day-trippers, and a stopover for travelers to and from Ocracoke Island.

Please come view the exhibits, experience the wetlands and coastal forest, attend our programs and events, and use our ocean access. www.hioceancenter.org.

The Ocean Center is a part of the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway which stretches across North Carolina’s Bodie, Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, Down East and the Pamlico Sound. www.outerbanksscenicbyway.org. Make Hatteras Island Ocean Center a centerpiece of your Hatteras vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Hatteras travel planner.
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  • Visited recently and thoroughly enjoyed the exhibits and the seining in the sound. The director was friendly and knowledgeable, and she obviously has a passion for the preservation of the wildlife...  more »
  • The ocean center was a wonderful little stop on our vacation in the summer. The knowledgeable staff answered our questions on a fun educational walk on the grounds. They are passionate about...  more »
  • Well, yes... the climb really is worth it.. but the museum with exhibitions & artifacts in the Lighthouse Keepers house is fascinating. I don’t think many of us realize what really went on off the...  more »
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  • What an incredible place! There are a lot of students here from Hampden-Sydney college that provide you with excellent cremation and top-level engagement services especially for kids. stop by and try one of their programs if you're down here on vacation or just looking for something to do on a day that's too hot or too rainy they have some really incredible options. What a gift!
  • Quick easy way to get insights to the flora and fauna of the Outer Banks.
  • Nice people, clean and a nice public place.
  • Very small and cramped. However they did give you the option for outside tours of the surrounding areas. Overall a great 20 minute nature museum unless you do the nature which is more like an hour or two.
  • Nice place to bring the kids, knowledgeable staff was very friendly!
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