Hatteras Island Ocean Center

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Hatteras Island Ocean Center

Hatteras Island Ocean Center
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The Ocean Center provides a wide variety of recreational and educational activities for people of all ages. Please come view the exhibits, experience the wetlands and coastal forest, attend our programs and events, and use our ocean access.
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Steven T
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Campfire, Crabs, and Constellations - Two Thumbs Up
Jul 2021 • Family
We did the campfire, crabs, and constellations program in July 2021. Very affordable and a great program (for two adults and a 6th grader who also found it interesting). They are clearly used to having younger kids as well. Our guides Elijah, Chris, and David were great. Knowledgeable and helpful but also low key. We made s’mores, learned about the islands and the ecosystem, watched and caught ghost crabs and spotted crabs, and saw a sea turtle nest. It was overcast so we didn’t see stars but the almost full moon and the light on the ocean were beautiful. The guides had plenty to keep us busy for two hours even without the constellations. Highly recommended.
Written July 22, 2021
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Carrie M
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Great experience even for the kayak novice
Jul 2021 • Family
This was our second year kayaking in the marsh and sound with the Hatteras Island Ocean Center. I have only been kayaking twice before and was able to successfully navigate the waters even with a headwind on the return. Elijah was extremely knowledgeable and his excitement over the bird species was contagious. Chris was a calm presence which was a wonderful balance. My normally quiet daughter was spouting information afterward to the rest of the family who didn’t attend. She also saw a skate / ray for the first time. I would highly recommend this program especially but also the Ocean Centre overall. They offer quality programs without a gimmick or touristy feel. All of the staff we have encountered over the years have been genuine, nice, and really interested in their purpose here.
Written July 15, 2021
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Stephen H
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Hidden Gem...don't pass up
Jul 2021 • Family
Went to the Ocean Center on a recommendation from business owner. While the place is small, it is very informative. The staff are super friendly and knowledgeable. They have several programs available, which combine learning and fun.
We did the kayak tour thru the marshes. Price was reasonable for 2 hours of kayaking. We learned about the marsh lands and got some recommendations of different areas to go. We saw some small stingrays, fish, and plenty of hermit crabs.
The best night of our trip had to be the Stargazing and Smores program. I was surprised our older teens were into this. That was due to Elijah and David. Eiijah keeps everyone involved, speaks very well, and is a fountain of knowledge. He provides great enthusiasm and positivity. He explained about the eco-system, showed us different examples of local wildlife, showed us how to catch ghost crabs, and pointed out several stars. David was great at getting the fofire going on a windy night and adding to the conversations we were having. And who can resist Smores on the beach?
I would highly recommend checking this not so known place out. Great experience no matter the family size. Everyone there is great and has a passion for what they do.
Written July 4, 2021
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jchen517
Vienna, VA11 contributions
Fun and interesting way to learn about Outer Banks wildlife and environment!
Jun 2021
My family did the kayak nature tour and we had a wonderful experience. Our two guides, Elijah and David, were very personable, knowledgeable, and great with my two boys. Elijah even spent time after the kayak tour to help them go through the scavenger hunt activity and patiently answer all sorts of questions they had about birds and plants. We learned a lot of interesting and fun facts about the local region's natural environment and enjoyed interacting with the entire staff, who are clearly passionate about their work. Highly recommended!
Written June 16, 2021
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cruwdragon
Kents Store, VA7 contributions
Fabulous Family Experience!
Jun 2021 • Family
We attended the Morning Kayak experience and loved it. We had a 10 and 8 year old that have never been in a kayak or canoe. The intern guides Elijah and David were patient, knowledgeable and fun!
Our family loves nature and greatly enjoyed the quick trip to the beach where we found hermit crabs and blue crabs. We all enjoyed learning more about the Outer Banks and it’s importance as an ecosystem.
When we returned to the center we spent another hour in the center while the kids completed a scavenger hunt so the could feed Mr. Blue, the resident blue crab!
We were disappointed that it was our last day. We would have liked to take part in their other activity offerings.
Written June 15, 2021
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Jerry W
Washington, District of Columbia, United States4 contributions
Thank you, interns!
Jun 2021
Great experience! Our family went on the Turtle Patrol and the Marsh Kayaking trip with interns Elijah, David, and Chris. Very knowledgeable and passionate young men with bright futures! Highly recommend stopping by if you're in Hatteras. Our 6-year-old son, Jack, wants to be an intern there someday.
Written June 12, 2021
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kathy c
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Don’t miss this opportunity!!!
Jun 2021 • Family
I am thrilled that I found such a great place for all ages Don’t miss this over the top experience !
Written June 3, 2021
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Bil B
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Marsh kayaking tour
May 2021
I had the pleasure of taking a kayaking tour through the Hatteras Island Ocean Center with a group of friends. Elijah and David were my tour guides, and they were very friendly and knowledgeable about the ecosystem and wildlife around the route we were kayaking. The water was smooth, and we took a break halfway to look at hermit crabs, oysters, and more!

This was a very enjoyable and educational experience - we not only got to have a great time kayaking but we learned a lot about the importance of marshes and conservation efforts in the outer banks. I would fully endorse this program to anyone who is in the area and is looking for a new, exciting activity.
Written May 27, 2021
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Andrea D
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Great, safe experience!
Apr 2021 • Family
The Ocean Center provided a private tour for our family of 10 to keep safe while experiencing it's exhibits during Covid. It was perfect for our kids! Just big enough, with interactive displays - we learned a lot and had so much fun! The short marsh walk ended at a small dock where we all spent time enjoying the tiny jumping schools of fish. Would love to return when we can also experience their other programs!
Written April 25, 2021
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Deena R
Beltsville, United States5 contributions
A Hatteras gem!
Nov 2020 • Family
My favorite part was everything the center offers. However I must say, Shirley the center host was amazing. My kids 4 & 7 loved her as much as me. She truly helped with my kids getting the most out of what the center has to provide in my tight schedule. So much to learn and do. I wish we could have spent 2-3 hrs there because 1 & 1/2 was just not enough for this awesome place. Great way to spend time with kids & even without kids. I am looking forward to going again in the near future and spend more time there. One of Hatteras true gems!
Written November 21, 2020
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