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Nice visitor center with lots of cool stuff and good information. Ferry service th the lighthouse... read more

Reviewed August 26, 2018
Walter O
Great for kids

We really enjoyed this center, great interactive exhibits, hands on for the kids, staff very... read more

Reviewed May 12, 2018
Elizabeth, New Jersey
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Island Road, U.S. Hwy 70, Harkers Island, NC
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Reviewed August 26, 2018

Nice visitor center with lots of cool stuff and good information. Ferry service th the lighthouse is right next door.

Thank Walter O
Reviewed May 12, 2018

We really enjoyed this center, great interactive exhibits, hands on for the kids, staff very friendly

Thank bellabrasillian
Reviewed January 16, 2018

We went to this center to take the ferry to Shackleford Banks and to Cape Lookout. The center shows a movie that is interesting and informative about the coast - wildlife and more. The center also has a display/exhibit area where we learnt more about...More

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Reviewed October 3, 2017

This visitor center sits at the end of Harkers Island. This is also where one would catch the ferry to the lighthouse. The area is beautiful, long range views across the water to the Outer Banks. Picnic tables that are covered, walking trails, bird viewing...More

Thank dheflin57
Reviewed July 20, 2017 via mobile

The facility is clean and the staff is great..! They had a great movie showing and items on display. They have a sweet gift shop and the place seems very well maintained. I'm so glad we went. It was beautiful.

Thank gladacya
Reviewed September 20, 2016

This is where ferry tickets are purchased, restrooms can be found, and a small gift shop is located. It is a clean and modern visitor center, but the extent of the exhibits is fairly limited. I would recommend using the restroom here as there is...More

Thank Jonathan K
Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

We got our ferry tickets here. The clerk was very helpful in helping us decide what time to return according to the activities we had planned. Very nice facilities and cute gift shop.

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Reviewed August 22, 2016

Watch the movie at the visitors center. Very informational. Beaches at the lighthouse are locally called the Harkers island Bahamas.

Thank Keepergoin
Reviewed July 25, 2016

What a clean building with plenty of info for anyone visiting the Outer Banks! This is where you get the ferry tickets to Shackleford and Cape Lookout. It's the end of the line too, as the road ends right there:)

Thank Derek W
Reviewed July 24, 2016

My siblings and I had some time to kill before we checked into our resort and decided to stop here. We didn't take the Ferry but we did walk the little Nature Trail out the back of the Center. It was great and very beautiful....More

Thank Ashley B
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