No vacation is complete without a few side trips.  Within just a couple of hours both north and south of Hatteras Village are a number of attractions worth visiting.  Traveling south of the Village involves a ferry ride to our sister islands, Ocracoke and Portsmouth.  Attractions north of the Village are easily accessible and can satisfy a wide range of interests.

Attractions on Hatteras Island
Hatteras Island Ocean Center
Located in Hatteras Village, the Hatteras Island Ocean Center is the  place to get in tune with the history and ecology of Hatteras Island.  There you will find exhibits, experience the wetlands and coastal forest, attend programs and events, and have access to the ocean....Learn more

Frisco Native American Museum

Located just north of Hatteras Village in Frisco, the museum contains a nationally recognized collection of exhibits and natural history displays on Native Americans across the United States as well as the first inhabitants of Hatteras Island. Grounds include nature trails winding through lush maritime forest.  In addition to the museum's permanent exhibits, a new display of painted kachinas is available....Learn more

Buxton Woods Trail
The North Carolina Coastal Reserve (NCCR) & National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NCNERR) is a network of ten protected sites established for long-term research, education and stewardship. The 995-acre Buxton Woods component is located on Hatteras Island.   The site is housed within the largest tract of maritime forest left standing on the Carolina coast. It is bounded on the south by the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and on the north by N.C. 12....Learn more

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, also known as America’s Lighthouse, is the tallest brick beacon in the country standing 208 feet. The familiar black and white spiral-striped landmark serves as a warning to mariners of submerged and shifting sandbars....Learn more

Do you want to climb the lighthouse?....Learn more

Chicamacomico Life Saving Station
Chicamacomico  is the most complete site of remaining life-saving stations in North Carolina and one of the nation’s most complete sites. It is located in the village of Rodanthe.  The purpose of this historic site is to restore, preserve, protect, educate and interpret the rich history of these valiant men and their dedication to the U.S. Life-Saving Service, as well as interpreting the history of the buildings and artifacts....Learn more

Pea Island Wildlife Refuge

Located on the north end of Hatteras Island, this refuge is approximately 13 miles long.  It provides nesting, resting, and wintering habitat for migratory birds, including the greater snow geese and other migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, raptors, and neotropical migrants.  It also provides  habitat and protection for endangered and threatened species.  Another of its purposes is to provide opportunities for public enjoyment of wildlife and wildlands resources. Public use programs focus on interpretation, environmental education, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, and fishing....Learn more

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