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Bodie Island Lighthouse, Nags Head

Categories: Lighthouses, Tourist Spots
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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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  • This is a nice lighthouse and our second lite that we saw on this trip. We preferred the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse but it was still worth seeing 
  • Wonderful area and awesome views! Family members walked up the 271 steps and spent time at the top. The gift store offered great historical books and children's books. Really enjoyed our visit here. 
  • These really are beautiful structures and I am happy they are preserved and presented to the public in such a manner. The history is interesting, but just being there to enjoy them is the main thing. 
  • 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.
  • Very cool place to visit but it more crowded and expensive than the taller, Cape Hatteras lighthouse.
  • Beautiful lighthouse. Go half an hour before dawn and see the beautiful light bathe the lighthouse. There is a nice raised walkway over the marsh that affords a great view of the sunrise. Bring a camera and some bug spray.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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