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Bodie Island Lighthouse

Nags Head, NC
252-441-5711
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Ranked #2 of 13 Attractions in Nags Head
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Lighthouses
Owner description: An interesting and still important lighthouse that can be visited but not climbed. (NOTE: The lighthouse is currently under construction, and is... more » Owner description: An interesting and still important lighthouse that can be visited but not climbed. (NOTE: The lighthouse is currently under construction, and is expected to re-open in summer 2013, with the ability to be climbed for the first time) « less
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The Bodie Island Lighthouse is worth a visit if you're nearby. Unfortunately the day we visited the heat index was too high to climb the inside. The visit to take pictures of the lighthouse was understand the history was well worth it to us.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

It was a very scenic place with lots of nature. They do have tours of the lighthouse but the day we went the wind was so bad that they were not offering them. So it was more or less a pit stop for us. We were sad that we could not go up top of the lighthouse. A good family... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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92 reviews 92 reviews
59 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

You can tour the small museum / gift shop on your own but access to the lighthouse is restricted to those who pay. It's worth a stop for a quick walk around and some photos if nothing else, and the rangers were really nice.

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Annapolis
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203 reviews 203 reviews
17 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Seeing it from outside it's lovely. But! You must take the tour and climb right to the top! The Ranger was very informative and enthusiastic. Little kids might have a problem with all those stairs. There's a nature walk just outside and it too is worth doing. Well worth the 1-2 hours. $8 a piece, unless you're a "senior."

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Charlottesville
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Definitely worth the price to climb and to listen to the history by the rangers. Informational, easy pace to the top, then you can climb down at your own pace. They even open to door to the light room so you can get a glimpse of the lens!

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Winchester, Virginia
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71 reviews 71 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We've always visited whenever at the Outer Banks, a really neat Light House, well manicured by the Park Service. Very Photogenic. It's a long climb to the top, though. Be prepared!

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Alton, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Bodie Island lighthouse is great! I am a "lighthouse groupie" and always try to visit lighthouses in the area of my destination. Bodie light is great; instead of a self guided tour like many of the other lighthouses on the outer banks, Bodie has a tour guide that takes the group through. Our guide was very well informed on the... More

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Hilliard, Ohio
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We see this lighthouse every year we're down here from the road(the past 17 years), but have only stopped a couple of times to take pictures. This year we stopped and they repainted it and it looks great!! We we're talking to one of the friendly guides and she told us a lot of really cool info about the history... More

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We were in the area attending a photo workshop to learn how to take photographs at night. The leader took us here in the afternoon and again after dark. Driving in at night was quite an experience. Man was it dark! We also were warned to go slow and watch for deer. Good advice because we saw lots of deer;... More

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Maryville, Tennessee
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

On our recent trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, our family spent a morning exploring the Bodie Island Lighthouse and grounds. It is a almost 150 years old and stands about 165 ft. tall. There are just over 200 steps to the top. The views are amazing! The grounds are worth exploring as well. Don't forget a stop... More

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