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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. To visit Bodie Island Lighthouse on your holiday in Nags Head, and find out what else Nags Head has to offer, use our Nags Head vacation generator.
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  • The current Bodie Island Lighthouse is the third that has stood in this vicinity of Bodie Island on the Outer Banks in North Carolina and was built in 1872. It stands 165 feet (50 m) tall and is locat...  more »
  • We love Bodie! I totally forgot it was closed to climbing for the season. What a beautiful day for a visit, though! 
  • Beautiful lighthouse of otter banks, can also visit at sunset. Very quaint. Original block
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  • Simple, attractive, nice observation boardwalk... If you are into lighthouses, this would be a must stop. Not a lot here, just the lighthouse, small souvenir shop, and a boardwalk to an observation platform, but it's all very nice. Didn't go up in the lighthouse (the wait was over an hour and I don't handle heights all that well) but it looked like the views would be awesome. If climbing the lighthouse is important I would get there early. They only let 8 people up at a time (only 1 person on any one flight of stairs) and they can stay up as long as they want, so the wait time gets long fast. Also, because there are no open windows, if it gets too hot they shut it down. The boardwalk to the observation platform was nice and you can get great views of the lighthouse and marsh surrounding it. No museum or much in the way of historical information, but the rangers appeared to be knowledgeable and friendly.
  • Great views on the boardwalk/Marsh area and the Bodie lighthouse itself. The park rangers and volunteers are very knowledgeable. During the summer they will not allow visitors in the lighthouse if the heat index rises above 103°F. Children have to be at least 42 inches to climb the lighthouse stairs. Be sure to look into the junior ranger programs if you are visiting with children.
  • Get there early for tickets. We arrived early on a Wed and waited about an hour before we could enter the lighthouse. It was worth the wait. The park rangers were very informative. The Bodie Lighthouse was closer (from Kill Devil Hills) and a shorter climb than the Hatteras Lighthouse, 200 + steps, but landings which you can rest up on. (I asked to be the last one to go up in the group). The view from the top was magnificent! A must see when you are visiting the Outer Banks.
  • The Bodie(pronounced body) lighthouse is stunning. The park rangers are very informative and genuinely want you to feel safe and educated. Watch out, though, when it gets too hot(heat index of 103), they do not allow visitors to climb the lighthouse.
  • Gorgeous lighthouse and great stairs. Be sure to check before you come as to whether the lighthouse is open. One of the darkest places at night with very little light pollution, so it's a great place to shoot at night.