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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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A great ferry ride to view the lighthouse

You can not go inside the lighthouse, so it is basically you drive up, snap a shot and leave! The best part of this visit is the ferry ride to get to the island. It is free and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Lacey, Washington
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Lacey, Washington
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90 reviews 90 reviews
40 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

You can not go inside the lighthouse, so it is basically you drive up, snap a shot and leave! The best part of this visit is the ferry ride to get to the island. It is free and takes 60 minutes, and you can understand the challenge of ships when you see the route the ferry has to take to... More 

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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146 reviews 146 reviews
29 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Great lighthouse. You can't go up but you can get up next to it. This is the second oldest working lighthouse in the U.S. Beautiful from any angle!

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Dallas
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Without a visitors center or museum this is a brief, but worthwhile stop. A short walk along a boardwalk brings you to the base of the lighthouse. Easy parking and not crowded.

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Columbus
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This is the oldest still operating lighthouse on east coast. It is small in comparison to the other Outer Banks light houses. You can only walk up to it...no museum on site and not open to the public.

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Montville, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

One of the few attractions on Ocrocoke Island. Lovely, scenic and historic. Within walking distance from almost anywhere on the Island. Don't leave before you take a picture. Access only to see from outside but worth the time.

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Durham, NC
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79 attraction reviews
300 helpful votes 300 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

There is no doubt that the Ocracoke Island Lighthouse is not the most imposing of the Outer Banks lighthouses. But! It is North Carolina's oldest lighthouse in operation, and the second oldest in the entire United States. Topping out at 65 feet, there is no doubt this is the smallest lighthouse on the Outer Banks (Cape Hatteras Lighthouse dwarfs it... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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81 reviews 81 reviews
35 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

quaint little village, parking is an issue tho. I did not climb this lighthouse but the stories behind Ocracoke Island are worth the trip. Very good ferry service to and from. Worth the stop

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

The lighthouse is pretty & made a great addition to my collection of lighthouse photos. Since the only thing to do here seems to be to walk up to the lighthouse & take pics along the way, you'll enjoy the beauty of the spot, but probably not spend a lot if time here.

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Holland, Michigan
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180 reviews 180 reviews
92 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Small surrounding grounds, limited on site information, closed to public. We were surprised as an active light station that so little of the former grounds and buildings were still part of the national parks system. Much is now private property. A narrow boardwalk leads to the base of the light. It is the least impressive light house/station we have visited... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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58 reviews 58 reviews
41 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This lighthouse is a nice stop when exploring picturesque Okracoke. The setting is pretty, and while this lighthouse might not be the most visually impressive in the Outer Banks, it certainly has it's own unique charm and is definitely worth a few minutes' time. Don't go all the way to Okracoke and not visit the lighthouse!

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