Here it is, most of the way through July and we have not yet talked about one of the coolest things to do when visiting the Outer Banks.
There are three lighthouses that can be climbed, and if there is any way to schedule the events into the vacation days, the view from the top of all three is worth the effort.
The three lighthouses are Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Bodie Island and Hatteras. There is a fourth Outer Banks lighthouse on Ocracoke, but it is not available for climbing.
Currituck Beach Lighthouse
A beautiful brick structure soaring 158’ above Corolla, the Currituck Beach Lighthouse was the last Outer Banks lighthouse to light the night sky.
Managed by the Outer Banks Conservationists grounds and lighthouse keepers’ homes are impeccably maintained.
There is a $10 fee for climbing, cash only. Children under seven are free with an adult.
Bodie Island Lighthouse
Located in south of Nags Head on the road to Hatteras Island, the Bodie Island Lighthouse appears to be a slightly smaller version of Hatteras Light…and it is.
Completed in 1872 by the same contractor who built Hatteras, the only difference is it’s 22’ shorter and painted differently.
A personal note on this lighthouse…it’s our belief that Bodie Island offers the most spectacular views of the Outer Banks lighthouses.
On National Park Service land, the fee for climbing $10 and $5 for senior citizens and children 11 and under. There is a 46” height restriction. Ticket sales are on a first come first served basis.
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
It can be a bit of a trek to get from the northern Outer Banks to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, but if it can be done, take the trip.
With its white and black vertical white stripes, the lighthouse has come to symbolize lighthouses everywhere.
At 193’ the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest brick lighthouse on the East Coast.
Ticket are $8 for adults and $4 for senior citizens children 11 and under. There is a 42” height restriction. n at the site the day of the climb. There are no advance ticket sales for regular climbs. Ticket sales are on a first come first served basis.
Some quicks note about climbing the lighthouses. There is no air-conditioning in them and it can get very hot in the summer. All lighthouses have 200 stairs or more to get to the top. The view is worth it, but it does take effort.