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Ocracoke Lighthouse

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Address: Lighthouse Road, Ocracoke, NC
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Description: The oldest lighthouse still in operation in North Carolina.

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Lovely Visit

I was a bit disappointed that we could not go in the lighthouse, but it was beautiful. And such a friendly kitty greeted us

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
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Sanford, North Carolina, United States
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Sanford, North Carolina, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I was a bit disappointed that we could not go in the lighthouse, but it was beautiful. And such a friendly kitty greeted us

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Seignosse, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I got some really great photos here to remember our trip. A very well kept lighthouse . I got some great shots also from the dock on silverlake.

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Creedmoor, NC
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We had both been to this lighthouse years earlier when we had small children but this time was very different since we were both divorced and on our first vacation to the OBX as a "couple!" The Island of Ocracoke is the perfect place to go for a honeymoon, weekend get away or a week's vacation! For us the best... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

This lighthouse is a good photo op for shutterbugs, but that's about it. There was no access to it for the general public when I visited here. Still, it's worth seeing if you're on the island.

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North Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Beautiful and well kept lighthouse. If you have made it this far down the outer banks to Ocracoke Island, you must see this beauty. Picture perfect and another place for awesome photos and to learn about the brave people who protected our coast. Just a short distance from the ferry landing and where the pirate Blackbeard roamed and lived.

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Lewisburg, West Virginia, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

There is no historical center or keeper's house museum as with other lighthouses on the banks; the lighthouse is not open for climbing. Nice to look at and to take pictures of, but that's about it.

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Glen Rock, Pennsylvania
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We arrived late in the afternoon. Parking is very limited, only room for like 5 vehicles on a very back street. But the little lighthouse is very pretty. Unfortunately this one is closed since it is still in the service of the Coast Guard. But there is a nice boardwalk up to the door and it is handicap accessible.

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Burlington, North Carolina
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6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Our second year in a row to visit the lighthouse in the fall. It stands tall (for a short lighthouse) with it's bright white "walls" contrasted in a brilliant blue sky. Easy access and if you go in the late fall as we do, there are very few people to compete viewing time with. We plan to go back next... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

this was our first lighthouse to see and we loved it. took many pictures..was disappointed because parking was limited and you could only stay for a few minutes.

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Columbus, Ohio
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48 reviews 48 reviews
28 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Its small as lighthouses go but they are always fun to see. Not sure if you can go up in this one or note we just walked to the base and thats it.

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