Things To Do

Deep blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean greet the bright tan sands of Cape Hatteras National Seashore where a lone chair waits

Saving You a Seat

National Park Service

Feel the fine grains of sand between your toes as you head out to the best surfing location in the eastern United States of America, look up at one of the darkest skies east of the Mississippi River, cast your line into the surf, watch a myriad of wildlife migrate through, or take a deep breath of fresh sea air as you put your worries behind. All these and more recreational opportunities await you at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

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Beach Activities
The wonderful sandy beaches of Cape Hatteras Seashore beckon you to play, explore, or relax.

Enjoy the best East Coast fishing, here at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Explore the barrier island habitats that lie beyond the pristine beaches by hiking along a nature trail.

Lighthouse Climbs
Both Bodie Island Lighthouse and Cape Hatteras Lighthouse are open for climbing, providing breath-taking views of the Outer Banks.


Nature Viewing
The barrier island habitats are home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna, in a location with some of the darkest skies around.

Water Activities
Two completely different water experiences, the high-energy ocean and the calmer sound, provide for a wide variety of water-based activities.

Waterfowl Hunting
During the winter, select locations within the seashore allow waterfowl hunting.

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