This is the first national seashore in the country and includes a combination of natural and historic attractions, such as lighthouses and lifesaving stations. Picnic, camping, and interpretive programs are offered seasonally at various locations.
Established 70 years ago as a conservatory, the 6,000 acre reserve is home to more than 365 species of birds plus the endangered loggerhead sea turtles. Bring your camera; Pea Island is a shutterbug's and birdwatcher's paradise. Observation platforms are near the parking areas. Make sure you stop by the turtle pond.
Visit the monument celebrating where man first took flight located near Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills. Containing a recently refurbished replica of the original Wright Flyer as well as other memorabilia of the First Flight, the Wright Brothers National Memorial and Visitor Center commemorates one of America's historic moments. A nearby sand dune supports the Memorial Pylon. On the extensive grounds around the visitor center/museum there are historical markers and a reconstructed hanger and shop as well as lectures and exhibits. A great way to spend the day!
Ocracoke Island is a 14-mile picturesque fishing village. Once home to Blackbeard the pirate, who was slain here in 1718. British Cemetery, which features graves of four Royal Navy sailers, who were killed in 1942. Ocracoke Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse still operating in North Carolina, built in 1823. The National Park Service operates a visitor center May through September.