Cape Hatteras National Seashore
This National Seashore was authorized by Congress on August 17, 1937. After several land purchase, the park was officially established as the first national seashore on January 12, 1953.
There are three visitor centers, each located on a barrier island. The visitor centers offer information about the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, ranger programs, and a bookstore.
- The Bodie Island Visitor Center is located in the north, adjacent to the Bodie Island Lighthouse, which is open for tours seasonally.
- The Hatteras Island Visitor Center and Museum of the Sea is located in the Cape Hatteras Light keeper’s quarters, in Buxton, North Carolina. Exhibits include the history, maritime heritage and natural history of the Outer Banks and the lighthouse.
- Ocracoke Island Visitor Center is located in Ocracoke, North Carolina near the Ocracoke Lighthouse.