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Local Attractions

HATTERAS ISLAND OCEAN CENTER

The Ocean Center provides a wide variety of recreational and educational activities for people of all ages. With plenty of parking and within walking distance of central Hatteras Village, the Ocean Center is a wonderful resource for visitors and residents, a destination for day-trippers, and a stopover for travelers to and from Ocracoke Island.
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GRAVEYARD OF THE ATLANTIC MUSEUM

The waters off North Carolina’s Outer Banks entomb thousands of vessels and countless mariners who lost a desperate struggle against the forces of war, piracy, and nature. The Graveyard of the Atlantic, with one of the highest densities of shipwrecks in the world, holds some of America’s most important maritime history. More than just a collection of artifacts, the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is a premier cultural attraction for...
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FRISCO NATIVE AMERICAN MUSEUM

Located on Hatteras Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the Frisco Native American Museum and Natural History Center is a non-profit educational foundation created for the purpose of preserving Native American artifacts, art, and culture.
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CHICAMACOMICO LIFESAVING STATION

With its two stations and five outbuildings, Chicamacomico (pronounced chik a ma COM i co) is the most complete site of remaining life-saving stations in North Carolina and one of the nation’s most complete sites. This site is located on Hatteras Island in the village of Rodanthe on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Chicamacomico is open to the public from mid-April through November, and provide visitors with tours, programs,...
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CAPE HATTERAS LIGHTHOUSE

The most prominent symbol of the Outer Banks is the “candy-striped” Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. As the tallest brick lighthouse in America, standing 200 feet high, visitors flock to Hatteras Island to climb tbe 268 steps for the incredible views of the Island. Originally build in 1797, it was intended to warn ships of the trecherous shoals known as “Diamond Shoals” off the Hatteras coast. At the request of mariners and the U.S. Navy,...
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BODIE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE

This 156-foot tall, horizontally-striped lighthouse was built in 1872. It is the third Bodie Island lighthouse: the first was unstable, and the second was destroyed by the confederate soldiers so that the union solders could not use it as an observation post. A visitors’ center, located in the old keeper’s quarters, is open year-round and features exhibits as well as an Eastern National Bookstore. Visitors can also venture on a self-guided nature trail....
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