The Outer Banks is filled with many historic National Parks and other fun educational side trips that you and your family can enjoy while on vacation. Visiting these places can not only help you relax a bit, but maybe get in a few extra homeschooling lessons along the way. Staying in one of our beautiful Outer Banks vacation rentals will allow you and your family to be able to explore these two unique places. Let’s take a longer look at both the Hatteras Island Visitor Center and Museum of the Sea before your next visit.
Hatteras Island Visitor Center
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is roughly a 1-hour drive from South Nags Head making it the perfect destination to inspire a scenic drive. Here you and your family will be able to explore the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and see how majestic it is. The breathtaking views you will see from atop of the lighthouse will allow you to see how beautiful the entire area is as the light washes over the “Graveyard of the Atlantic”. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is 210ft high making it the tallest brick lighthouse in the United States.
There is a park store where you and your family will be able to purchase souvenirs & books to take back home and remember this day by. The visitor center is open daily except for Christmas from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. However, before you make plans to visit, be sure to make sure they are open. Stop by the information desk and ask for a park brochure, map, and a list of the daily events happening while you’re on site.
There is plenty of parking and restrooms available here to accommodate everyone. Throughout the spring, summer and autumn months, join a park ranger on a ranger-led program to learn about lighthouses, barrier island geology, sea turtles, surf fishing and more!
Museum of the Sea
The Museum of the Sea is located within the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and sits alongside the Hatteras Island Visitor Center. This museum is not like any other museum that you may have ever seen. It includes the Double Lighthouse Keepers’ Quarters built for the two lighthouse assistants who lived on site with their families. While the Lighthouse Keeper did not live in this large home, he had his living quarters just off the Double Keepers’ Quarters’ right. Both homes are still standing and are beautiful inside and out. Inside the museum, you will learn more about the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse through some fantastic exhibits focused on maritime history of the Outer Banks. There are so many interesting artifacts, exhibits, and photographs located within the Museum of the Sea that everyone in your group will walk away with learning something new.
While there are many other fun parks located on the Outer Banks, we wanted to share these with you. If you haven’t booked your next visit to stay in one of our Outer Banks vacation rentals, give us a call today. We look forward to hearing about your trip to the Hatteras Island Visitor Center and Museum of the Sea soon!
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