Built to illuminate the North Carolina coast for south-bound sailors, the Bodie Island Lighthouse stands, black and white striped, as a reminder of our Outer Banks history. This is the same lighthouse we have replicated in our logo.
Located just a few miles away from Surf Side Hotel, the current lighthouse is the third to be built on the island. Completed in 1872, it has had a quiet life in comparison to its two predecessors. The first version, built in 1847, stood only 52 feet tall and had a brick foundation that cracked and began leaning within a few years. The second lighthouse was constructed in 1859, but abandoned as the Civil War began. Ransacked by Confederate troops, it was destroyed before the end of the war, its Fresnel lens later found in the North Carolina capitol building.
Learn more about the history of the island and experience the recently renovated 165 foot tall lighthouse beneath a full moon this summer. Visit Bodie Island on August 29 for The National Park Service’s special nighttime excursion! Climb 200-some steps and visit nine landings as you learn about the lighthouse’s history and take in a whole new view of the Atlantic Ocean and Pamlico Sound.
Trips take place at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. and tickets should be purchased in advance between 8:45 a.m. and 4:25 p.m. at the Bodie Island Lighthouse ticket desk on the day of the event. Adult tickets cost $8 each and those for senior citizens and children 11 and under are $4. Child climbers must be 42 inches tall and able to climb the steps on their own.
Interested in taking a tour of the lighthouse at your own pace? Climbs take place daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Click here to learn more about these climbs.
Book your stay with Surf Side Hotel and see all that the Outer Banks have to offer while on vacation. We have a rich history that we can’t wait to share with you!