Bodie Island Lighthouse, Nags Head

Must see · 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. Bodie Island Lighthouse is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , online itinerary creator Edition.
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  • This is such a pretty lighthouse in such a beautiful setting. The history is interesting too. Be sure to take the boardwalk over to the lookout. The water and plants are interesting, and the view.....  more »
  • Stopped at the bodylighthouse while visiting Kitty hawk area. Very well maintained lighthouse of years gone by. Excellent learning opportunity for young children. Good for adults too. Well...  more »
  • Absolutely gorgeous and worth the visit. A New England girl, through and through- I have seen my share of lighthouses and this has to be one of the top 3. EVER! That is saying something. Very...  more »
  • Wow the light house was great the tour to the top was 5 bucks each. Great view. Many stairs to climb. Good walk to a viewing platform to see the local habitation. A bit hot, but we'll worth it. By the way. Get there early or you'll wait up to 2 hours for a light house tour. I can't remember the cost per adult. Maybe 5 dollars. But great tour to take anyways.
  • Great place to take the kids. Awesome views at the top of the lighthouse and from the walk around deck leading up to the gazebo. Be prepared to spend 10 bucks for each adult and 5 bucks for each child under 11. Walk the stairs for a total of 219 stairs to the top. I will definitely bring them again. Minimum height requirement is 42 inches for children.
  • This place is very beautiful and very well kept. There are bathrooms on site. There is also a trail next to the lighthouse that takes you to a deck above the water (a great place for photos). The staff there are friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, and all smiles. The view from the top of the lighthouse is definitely worth the climb!
  • Beautiful lighthouse! The park rangers and volunteers were all so helpful in answering our questions. There are a lot of stairs but worth every step when you get to the top!!
  • I loved the experience of climbing the lighthouse. It was exhausting but worth it. I believe tickets were $10 per adult to climb the lighthouse but it could have been $8. The view at the top of the lighthouse was incredibly beautiful. It is worth noting that it is super windy at the top - be careful with hats, purses, or other small belongings.

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