Visitor Center Hours
The Bodie Island Visitor Center (at the Bodie Island Lighthouse) is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the rest of the year (closed Christmas Day).
The Hatteras Island Visitor Center a(t the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse) is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the rest of the year (closed Christmas Day).
The Ocracoke Island Visitor Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. year round (closed Christmas Day).
Bodie Island Visitor Center
Approximately six miles south of the Seashore's northern entrance is the Bodie Island Visitor Center. This visitor center is located in the historic Bodie Island Lighthouse Double Keepers' Quarters building at the end of a short park road off of N.C. Highway 12 across from Coquina Beach. The building has exhibits on the Bodie Island Lighthouse history.
Outside the visitor center, a path leads to the 156-foot Bodie Island Lighthouse, which is open for tours the Friday before Memorial Day to Columbus Day (early October). The path continues past the lighthouse to a wildlife observation deck on the edge of a freshwater pond where you can peacefully observe area waterfowl and wading birds.
The visitor center also houses an Eastern National bookstore.
About 50 miles south of the Seashore's north entrance is the Hatteras Island Visitor Center and Museum of the Sea in Buxton, NC.
The visitor center offers several bulletin board displays and houses an Eastern National bookstore.
The museum is within the historic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Double Keepers' Quarters. The two-floor museum contains exhibits on various aspects of Outer Banks history and natural history.
A small audiovisual room provides a variety of presentations.
Most visitors visit both the visitor center and museum during their visit to the adjacent Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, which is open for climbing the Friday before Memorial Day to Columbus Day (early October).
There the Buxton Woods Nature Trail is nearby as well as beach parking.
Ranger programs are scheduled during summer months and offered intermittantly, or as posted, the rest of the year.
Near the Seashore's southern edge in Ocracoke Village is the Ocracoke Island Visitor Center, located at the end of N.C. Highway 12 where the road enters the ferry terminal. The visitor Ccnter is a mix of Eastern National bookstore items and exhibits focused on Ocracoke history.
From the visitor center, the Ocracoke Lighthouse is visible across Silver Lake.
Ranger programs are scheduled during summer months.
Did You Know?
The U.S. Weather Bureau Station on Hatteras Island was built in 1901 and was one of 11 stations built around the country. It is one of only three remaining stations nationwide, and the only one in the nation restored to its 1901 condition. The station was reopened in 2007 to house a visitor center.