Bodie Island Lighthouse, Nags Head

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Bodie Island Lighthouse, which looks out over the Graveyard of the Atlantic, offers ranger-guided tours that talk about the history of the lighthouse and its environment. Originally built in 1847, the lighthouse was rebuilt twice in 25 years. The first rebuild addressed foundation issues. The second came after the Civil War when Confederate forces, fearing the structure would be used as an observation point, blew up the lighthouse in 1861. The structure currently at the location was built in 1872. It's a tough climb--with over 200 steps up 50 m (165 ft) in a narrow stairway. Schedule your tour in advance if possible; the attraction allows a limited number of advance bookings and a limited number of on-site bookings each day. Bodie Island Lighthouse is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Nags Head Edition.
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  • We visited here (it had just opened for the year) during our Nags Head (separate reviews) trip. It was ok. The tickets are timed here, for the reason that there can only be a certain number of people ...  more »
  • Great stop if u like lighthouses! We hit opening weekend and got a free climb up the lighthouse for outstanding views. For those not able to climb there is a boardwalk out to an observation deck bbn o...  more »
  • We loved this lighthouse! Just check the dates so that you know when you can actually climb to the top!  more »
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  • This place is an easy drive from wherever you are staying while in the outerbanks. In addition to this lighthouse the other lighthouses are great to check out. The lighthouse is very good if you are looking to take some pictures of landmarks especially if you take pictures from the right side of the main building where the gift shop is. In addition. You are able to walk on a quick boardwalk that goes up to a overlook of the water. It has benches and is wheel chair accessible. Highly advise bringing binoculars and camera. This spot also has bathrooms if you need a break. Very open area and friendly staff as well as informative. Good way to spend a half hour or 45 min if you want to relax.
  • A Must stop for your lighthouse tour. Beautiful surroundings and be sure to check out the pier view for iconic photo opportunities. The marshlands surroundings provide nature entertainment. The gift shop is nice and restrooms are clean.
  • Wow, simply loved this lighthouse! It is set in a gorgeous place. I wish we could have gone all the way up but it was closed for the season. However, we did get to go inside the main level and the view of the stairs looking up was beautiful. I liked this lighthouse better than the Hatteras.
  • One of my favorite lighthouses in the Outer Banks! They just recently made it available to climb to the top so definitely do that if you have the time. The Bodie Island Lighthouse is also pretty close to most of the development on the Outer Banks so it shouldn't be a long drive for most people. There is also a little boardwalk behind the lighthouse that will take you to the water in the middle of the island and you can get some pretty good pics of the lighthouse from there too!
  • The lighthouses along the Outer Banks are impressive. Bodie Island is the horizontally striped one pictured here. It's inside the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and the surrounding area is really pleasant.
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