Hatteras Island is located off the North Carolina coast and has a rich history, beautiful beaches, countless hiking trails, and exceptional fishing! Hatteras Island provides all perks of an island vacation without all the bustling tourism. Here are the top five things to do on Hatteras Island this summer.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Visit the tallest brick lighthouse in the United States! Cape Hatteras Lighthouse stands almost 200 feet tall to account for the low-lying beach location. Climb 269 stairs for a breathtaking view of the natural landscape and the Atlantic Ocean. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is a quick stop to enjoy the history of the island.

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

This free museum is an essential stop for anyone visiting Hatteras Island. Enjoy the exhibits, which explore the history of maritime seafaring in North Carolina. The museum provides programs for the whole family to enjoy, including a scavenger hunt and different events every day of the week. 

Family Water Adventures

Hatteras Island has 50 miles of shoreline to enjoy, and Family Water Adventures provides many opportunities to explore the water and beaches. Whether you’re interested in looking for shells, snorkeling, eco-tours, or clamming, Family Water Adventures has it all!

Hiking Trails

There are countless trails to explore on the island, including short hikes such as Buxton Woods Trail. If you are interested in a longer hiking excursion, we recommend checking out . Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Experience the natural habitat preserved for migratory birds and wetlands. Make sure to stop at the visitor center while you’re here and read up on all the 300-plus birds that live here!

Fishing Expeditions

If you’re interested in fishing charters, there are plenty of options on the island. You can choose between fishing on the Pamlico Sound or the Atlantic Ocean. Each charter offers a different experience and an opportunity to catch a variety of fish. There are plenty of places to fish independently as well. Obtain a fishing license and head to Cape Point or South Beach for some of the best fishing on the East Coast.

These are five of the best things to do on Hatteras Island this summer. You can spend your days exploring the lighthouse and museums on the island. Or, you can set out on a multitude of adventures with Family Water Adventures. For outdoor lovers, there are fantastic trails and fishing spots. Whatever you’re after this summer, you can find it on Hatteras Island! Start and finish each day of exploration with Shore Details.