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Ocracoke Lighthouse

Lighthouse Road, Ocracoke, NC
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Ranked #6 of 12 attractions in Ocracoke
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Lighthouses
Description: The oldest lighthouse still in operation in North Carolina.
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English first
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88 reviews 88 reviews
18 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is why we came to Ocracoke, a 3 hour trip, each way, counting the free ferry ride. This was our fourth lighthouse. No museum. No gift shop. Just a box to make donations.

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Cortland, New York
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100 reviews 100 reviews
18 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

I wouldn't go to the island without at least driving by the lighthouse. They take great care of it and it's worth taking a picture.

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Gaston, NC
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

While staying in Nags Head, we decided to take in as many of the lighthouses as we could in one day so we headed south..past Bodie Island Light, past Cape Hatteras, and on to Ocracoke. The ferry was fun, what a neat right. To see the different ocean currents fighting each other, the narrow channel that the ferry must maneuver,... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

It is nice to see that Ocracoke has invested money in preserving the lighthouse. Much of the rest of the town is in dire need of attention. The area leading up to the lighthouse is extremely deteriorated and other than a small walkway to the lighthouse there isn't much else to see.

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Clifton, Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

I found a lion in charge of the lighthouse -- the world's fluffiest, friendliest orange cat. He made my visit even more memorable. The clean white lighthouse was so gorgeous against the blue sky. I thought the simple structure was awesome. No nonsense, just strong and steady. My recommendation when you visit: Park at the comfort station (by the harbor... More

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

I loved the Ocracoke Lighthouse - it still lights up at night right at sunset and I think that is the best time to get pictures. Even though this is a plain looking lighthouse being all white, it is still definitely worth visiting if you are a lighthouse lover like I am. Part of the appeal of this lighthouse to... More

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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

While not a tall light house, still has some very interesting history connected with it. Not hard to find if you follow the signs, but don't drive past it, not much room to turn around.

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Excelsior Springs, Missouri
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

This lovely Island has much to offer including solitude if you are looking for that. Be prepared: travel by ferry to get there and back. It is so very much worth the trip. Weather is beautiful up into November. Just keep your eye on the hurricaine forcast.

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HARRISBURG
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Ocracoke's lighthouse is one of several along the NC coast. Other than Lookout which requires a ferry ride to visit, I've seen them all. Ocracoke's light is easy to visit but there is nothing to see other than the light. The keeper's house is a private residence, there is no museum nearby, very little info other than a story board... More

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Clemmons, North Carolina
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55 reviews 55 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

If you are into lighthouses, very pretty but you cannot climb. But worth visit if you stay in Ocracoke.

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