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Reasons to check out the Cape Hatteras National Seashore

02/15/2023 | by Joseph Mitchell | Outer Banks Attractions and Activities Outer Banks Museums and Historic Sites Outer Banks Outdoor Recreation

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Taking time out of a busy schedule to enjoy a well-deserved alongside the entire family is made that much more exciting for travelers who set their sights on the Outer Banks. Here, beaches, waves, amazing dining, and opportunities to explore museums and lighthouses alike abound. When you’re looking for a place that pairs the best of it all and makes it simple to savor the view too, adding Cape Hatteras National Seashore to your itinerary is a must! This one-of-a-kind destination offers visitors access to unique natural terrain and a variety of recreational activities to enjoy as well. It’s protected by the National Park Service and encompasses some of the most inspiring stretches of shoreline along North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Things to do While You’re visiting Cape Hatteras

A visit to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore promises to be unforgettable no matter when you arrive or how long you stay. In total, the park hosts 70 miles of sandy beaches to explore meaning there’s no shortage of options for shoreline fun. Taking a simple stroll along the sand is made that much more enjoyable thanks to the inclusion of boardwalks and access ramps throughout the Cape Hatteras National Seashore area. As you wander, there’s a good chance you’ll come across some incredible and protected sea turtle nesting sites that are active depending on the time of year you travel. Kite flying is another popular activity for families to enjoy at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore thanks to great wind patterns and a history of helping visitors take to the sky. These very beaches sit near the place where the Wright Brothers first successfully flew an airplane!

Off-road vehicles are permitted in some beach areas at Cape Hatteras National Seashore while surf-fishing, windsurfing, shelling, and crabbing are also fun activities to try out while you’re in the area. Beach fires are allowed between 6:00 am and 10:00 pm within the parameters of the park between November 16th and April 30th. These illuminating experiences are exciting but do require a beach fire permit to host.

Plan Your Visit

The Cape Hatteras National Shoreline has a physical address of 1401 National Park Drive in Manteo. While there’s no entry fee for enjoying time at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, certain activities like lighthouse visits typically come with an entrance fee. Those who are planning to climb the on-site Bodie Island Lighthouse can do so at $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Climb is available at $8 for adults and $4 for children and seniors. The view is an amazing reward at both destinations for the effort put into climbing the many stairs up to the scenic observation towers.

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