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Outer Banks national park sites experience high and record visitor levels during first six months of 2021

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Date: July 22, 2021
Contact: Michael Barber, 252-423-0195

MANTEO, N.C. — Over the first six months of 2021, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial experienced some of the highest levels of visitation ever recorded.

At Cape Hatteras National Seashore, visitation totals for January-June 2021 were 26% higher than the first six months of 2002, the year that currently has the distinction as being the busiest year on record.

Visitation totals through the first half of 2021 were the fourth highest ever at Wright Brothers National Memorial and the seventh highest at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.
 

Visitation Statistics (Jan.-June 2021)

Month Cape Hatteras NS Fort Raleigh NHS Wright Brothers NMEM
January 86,991* 4,447 10,949*
February 78,269* 3,340 7,995
March 169,278 14,752* 27,307
April 254,366 24,388* 51,280
May 316,898 38,667 57,065
June 447,760* 56,080 67,723
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Total Visitation 1,353,562 141,674 222,319
% Increase Over 2019 19% 21% 22%
Visit Increase Over 2019 219,196 26,640 40,656
*Highest level of visitation for the month   



Last updated: July 21, 2021

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