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 North of Hatteras Island

Bodie Island Lighthouse
The current Bodie Island Lighthouse is the third that has stood in this vicinity of Bodie Island on the Outer Banks in North Carolina and was built in 1872. It stands 156 feet (48 m) tall and is located on the Roanoke Sound side of the first island that is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.  It can be seen from the Oregon Inlet bridge as one is traveling north....Learn more

Jennette's Pier
In September 2003, Hurricane Isabel swept way most of this structure that had been serving fishermen and sightseers alike since 1939.  The NC Aquarium Society took the lead to rebuild Jennette’s as an all-concrete, 1,000-foot-long, educational ocean pier....Learn more

Island Farm
Experience life as it was before the Civil War. Join interpreters dressed in period attire as they carry out the daily activities of a Roanoke Island farm in the 1850s. Hands-on activities and demonstrations: Woodworking, cooking, blacksmithing, children's games and ox-drawn wagon rides are just a few activities offered. Activities vary daily....Learn more

NC Aquarium
At the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island you will marvel at the largest collection of sharks in the state. Interact with scuba divers, touch an alligator and feed the stingrays as you explore the “Waters of the Outer Banks.” ....Learn more

The Lost Colony
The Lost Colony is a historical play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Green about Roanoke, the first English colony in North America. The play is based on the historical accounts of Sir Walter Raleigh's failed attempts to establish a permanent settlement in the 1580s.  The Lost Colony has been performed since 1937 in an outdoor theater located on the site of Sir Walter's colony on Roanoke Island in the Outer Banks region near present-day Manteo, North Carolina....Learn more

Jockey's Ridge
Jockey's Ridge covers 426 acres and includes the tallest active sand dune system in the eastern United States. It is the most visited park within the NC park system.  The park is a day-use only park and has no campgrounds. Jockey's Ridge contains three unique ecosystems: the Roanoke Sound, the dune system, and the maritime forest....Learn more

Wright Brothers Memorial
Wind, sand, and a dream of flight brought Wilbur and Orville Wright to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina where, after four years of experimentation, they achieved the first successful airplane flights in 1903. With courage and perseverance, these self-taught engineers relied on teamwork and application of the scientific process. What they achieved changed our world forever....Learn more

Currituck Beach Light Station
This red-brick lighthouse towers above the northern Outer Banks landscape in the historic Corolla Village. Visitors can climb the winding staircase, 214 steps in all, to the top of the lighthouse for a panoramic view of Currituck Sound, the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Outer Banks. Inside the lighthouse, at the base and on the first two landings, there are museum-quality lighthouse exhibits. On the way up or down, stop to learn about the history of coastal lighthouses, the Fresnel lens, shipwrecks and the lighthouse keepers....Learn more

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