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Cape Hatteras Museums, Aquariums & Planetariums

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Avon Museums, Aquariums & Planetariums

Hatteras Histories & Mysteries Museum
40534 NC Highway 12
Avon, NC 27920
(252) 995-4241
Displays of everything from the earliest Native artifacts from 6,000 BC to World War II is covered in the Museum and expertly narrated Tours are FREE! Specialty Gift Store includes educational project kits, historical books, games & puzzles plus cool signature apparel & glassware.

Buxton Museums, Aquariums & Planetariums

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Museum
46375 Lighthouse Road
Buxton, NC 27920
(252) 995-4474
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, standing at 208 feet, is the tallest in the United States. The lighthouse is painted in black and white spirals, with a red base. Its light can be seen for 20 miles, warning ships of the submerged sand bars where so many ships have foundered. The present lighthouse is the second of three that have been situated on the cape. The first was authorized by Congress in 1794 and completed ten years later, shining a weak beam out over the ocean. Shells from Union ships damaged the light in 1861, and retreating Confederate soldiers took the original lamp from this first lighthouse. The lamp was never found. The present structure, the second tower, was erected in 1869-1870 by the U.S. Lighthouse Board. The Lighthouse Board became the Lighthouse Service, which is now part of the U.S. Coast Guard. A first-order Fresnel lens magnified a small oil wick flame at the tower's top, which was lit for the first time on December 16, 1870. Vandals damaged the lens in the present structure when the Federal Government abandoned it in 1935. A third temporary structure was built of steel in 1936 and placed about two miles northeast in Buxton. The light from the temporary tower was moved to the present lighthouse on July 23, 1950, which put it back into operation. When reactivated, it was replaced by a rotating beacon--a double affair with 1000-watt lamps in each beacon--visible for 20 miles. However, it has been reported as being seen 51 miles at sea and 115 miles in the air. The ''Double Keeper's Quarters'' is used to house the ''Museum of the Sea'' and the Buxton Visitor Center.

The Visitor Center offers and Eastern National bookstore and several bulletin board displays. The Museum is within the historic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Double Keepers Quarters. The two-floor museum contains exhibits on various aspects of history touching the Outer Banks, and some natural history display. A small audiovisual room provides for a variety of presentations.Most visitors visit both the Visitor Center and Museum during their visit to the adjacent Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. There is beach parking nearby, as well as the Buxton Woods Nature Trail.Ranger programs are scheduled during summer months and offered intermittantly, or as posted, the rest of the year.

Double L Bird Ranch and Petting Zoo
47051 Buxton Back Road
Buxton, NC 27920
(252) 996-0412
The Double L gives you the opportunity to pet and feed the many different types of birds at the ranch. Each professionally trained bird has their own personality which is quickly apparent as you watch them talk and perform tricks for your enjoyment.

Visitors are permitted into the aviary to hold and hand feed the non biting species. Currently there are over 200 beautiful birds living here.

Frisco Museums, Aquariums & Planetariums

Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center
23645 NC Highway 12
Frisco, NC 27936
(252) 995-4440
In Frisco, the Native American history of Hatteras Island and the Native American culture of our nation are preserved. The owners have taken great care to preserve Native American heritage, with their collection of artifacts, exhibits and natural history displays. Galleries include information on Native Americans across the United States, and arts and crafts from around the nation. A dugout canoe, tools, instruments and other items found on the museum property offer a glimpse into the island's former life. The gift shop has a wide variety of Native American-made items and arts and crafts. While you're there, be sure to walk on the nature trails that wind through several acres of forest.

Hatteras Museums, Aquariums & Planetariums

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
59158 Coast Guard Road
Hatteras, NC 27943
(252) 986-2995
A unique museum dedicated to preserving and interpreting the rich maritime history of The Outer Banks and the 1,000 known shipwrecks that rest off its' coast. The maritime heritage and shipwrecks of the North Carolina Outer Banks are vital resources for understanding local, regional, and national history. Long ignored, this legacy is in danger of being lost forever. It is imperative that this rich past be preserved and interpreted for present and future generations.

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Avon Office
PO Box 280
40227 Tigrone Boulevard
Avon, NC 27915
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Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
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Waves Office
PO Box 420
25206 Sea Vista Drive
Waves, NC 27982
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Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
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Hatteras Office
PO Box 730
57205 Eagle Pass Road
Hatteras, NC 27943
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Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
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