summer hours and programs run from May 22-Sept. 7
is almost upon us and the National Park Service Outer Banks Group is
ready with a summer schedule full of a variety of programs for park
visitors, including history talks, nature walks, recreational programs,
and a multitude of children’s programs. The summer schedule runs
from May 22 - Sept. 7.
Program schedules and descriptions are available on-line at each park’s
website: Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, www.nps.gov/fora; Wright
Brothers National Memorial, www.nps.gov/wrbr; and Cape Hatteras
National Seashore, www.nps.gov/caha. Program schedules can also
be found in the summer newspaper, In The Park, which will be available
at all National Park Service visitor centers and Outer Banks Visitors
Bureau welcome centers starting May 22.
From May 22 through Labor Day, the visitor center and museum at the
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will be open on the extended hours of 9 a.m.
to 6 p.m. daily. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will be open on
extended hours of 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during those same dates.
The Bodie Island Visitor Center is open from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., and
the Bodie Island Lighthouse will be open for climbing from 9 a.m. to
4:25 p.m. The visitor centers at Fort Raleigh NHS, Wright
Brothers NMEM, and on Ocracoke Island in Cape Hatteras National
Seashore are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Fort Raleigh NHS is offering many programs that provide an in-depth
look into the park’s multiple themes, including the Roanoke Island
Freemen’s Colony, the Civil War Battle Of Roanoke Island, Reginald
Fessenden’s wireless experiments, as well as the Roanoke Voyages
story. For Wright Brothers, check the daily program schedule at
the information desk when you arrive.
Recreation programs such as surf fishing, seining, crabbing, and
cast-netting are just some of the programs offered at Cape Hatteras
National Seashore. Other activities include beach walks, night
sky, and special kids programs, as well as tours, such as Coast Guard
Station tours, Cape Hatteras night climb tours, and a walking tour of
Ocracoke village historic sites. The Full Moon Tour of the Cape
Hatteras and Bodie Island lighthouses will also return this year on
June 2, July 1, July 31, Aug 29, and Sept 27--watch for details to be