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Bodie Island Lighthouse, Nags Head

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Bodie Island Lighthouse, which looks out over the Graveyard of the Atlantic, offers ranger-guided tours that talk about the history of the lighthouse and its environment. Originally built in 1847, the lighthouse was rebuilt twice in 25 years. The first rebuild addressed foundation issues. The second came after the Civil War when Confederate forces, fearing the structure would be used as an observation point, blew up the lighthouse in 1861. The structure currently at the location was built in 1872. It's a tough climb--with over 200 steps up 50 m (165 ft) in a narrow stairway. Schedule your tour in advance if possible; the attraction allows a limited number of advance bookings and a limited number of on-site bookings each day. Bodie Island Lighthouse is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , online itinerary creator Edition.
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  • Another beautiful lighthouse. They do not let you go up but its nice just to see it. The house is now a mini museum and gift shop, and you can get your stamp for your passport there. There is a board....  more
    Another beautiful lighthouse. They do not let you go up but its nice just to see it. The house is now a mini museum and gift shop, and you can get your stamp for your passport there. There is a board....  more »
  • One of the most accessible lights on the OBX just celebrated its 150th birthday! Bodie is a beautiful lighthouse, recently remodeled a few years ago. The parking is very decent here and it's one of... 
    One of the most accessible lights on the OBX just celebrated its 150th birthday! Bodie is a beautiful lighthouse, recently remodeled a few years ago. The parking is very decent here and it's one of...  more »
  • So interesting. We visited all four lighthouses and they were all so different. Very nice grounds and rangers. 
    So interesting. We visited all four lighthouses and they were all so different. Very nice grounds and rangers.  more »
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  • What a wonderful lighthouse to visit. This makes only the second time in my life to come here, but they've improved it since I last came here in the early 2000's. Gift shop prices were a little high but given that most of the proceeds go to maintaining the lighthouse and the grounds makes it worth it. The dock that leads out into the marsh makes for a great view too. While the lighthouse itself was closed for our visit, I was not disappointed. I would like to come visit again someday.
  • It was the anniversary of the lighthouse we as a family got to see it lit the old fashioned, original way of lighting the watchtower. Also, they had posters as a no-cost gift for attending the anniversary of its unique and priceless standing. Peaceful, easy to walk up the island strait, great for photography of all kinds. I had a local man kindly brief my family & I on the history of the lighthouse & why it was unique, just as a courtesy! :) Wonderful view & private!
  • Great spot to stop and stretch your legs before you drive through the long stretch of park land. Beautiful light house and green space, with a small visitor center (no charge) and restrooms nearby. Enjoyed the short walk on the boardwalk out to the viewing tower- saw fish and crabs in the water. Didn't climb the lighthouse today (so hot!) but if you decide to go, get your ticket online before coming (otherwise you'll likely not get one). Fairly busy, but there is a good bit of parking and it's a place for only a short visit, so there is regular parking turnover.
  • Bodie Lighthouse is a gorgeous structure; the park area was clean and well maintained, and there is ample parking. I visited on Sunday Nov 6th, midday, and the office was closed, and there was no access into the lighthouse...they had signs posted that said you must order tickets online (honestly, I was happy enough to photograph the site; don't know specific information about if/when they offer climbing tours). I also saw a biplane flying around; that was cool too! Walking the property and photography appears to be free.
  • This is one of my favorite lighthouses. You do need to purchase tickets in advance on the NP website. It takes a few minutes to set up an account, so plan ahead during busy seasons. The view at the top is well worth the climb. Good place to picnic, restrooms available.

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