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Bodie Island Lighthouse, Nags Head

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Lighthouse Tourist Spot
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 lighthouse is an important piece of pre-civil war history and if you're in the area I recommend you stop by to see it. You can climb to the top top via the original stairs but get there early if y...  more »
  • If this is not on your lighthouse bucket list, add it fast! Nice climb, nice museum and gift shop. Great first order lens.  more »
  • Bodie Island is easily accessible from the main OBX strip. Not far south of Nags Head, it's well worth a short side trip. There is a boardwalk that goes out over the marshes behind the lighthouse, tha...  more »
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  • Great historical light house and surrounding park. We waited maybe 15 minutes to go up. Only 8 people allowed at once. On the little boardwalk we saw birds, snakes in the water, and blue crabs. Fun times
  • Perfect to stop, relax, walk & enjoy the view for a moment! Just natural scenery at it's Outer Banks finest. Unless you buy something in lil gift house or pay to go up to the top its free! Enjoy yhe boardwalk out to the edge of the sound or walk thru the Pines with a great view of the fresh painted lighthouse! This is our local lighthouse so we see the beacon all the time at night fishing. Awesome.
  • Great experience and walk through history. *Make sure and note times, as well as weight and height restrictions.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful, quiet, organic. Seen poisonous snakes along with the beautiful light house.