OBX MARKS THE SPOT...FOR MANY FIRSTS.

Accompanied by sunsets blazing with color, those who come to our coast in the summer experience many firsts. You'll lean back in your chair, curl your toes in the soft sand, and sip sweet lemonade as swimmers make their first dash into the ocean. You'll hear kids giggle at the sideways dance of crabs during their first crabbing experience. And you might even climb to the top of the first lighthouse you see. No matter what you do on The Outer Banks, there is a first for everyone during our summer months. So make your way to our coast, and experience a first you'll remember for a lifetime. 

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Bodie Island

BODIE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE OPENS FOR THE FIRST TIME

Since it was built in 1872, lighthouse keepers, and a few others, were the only ones who have climbed the 214 steps of the Bodie Island lighthouse. And now it's open to the public for the very first time after a three-year restoration. In the past, many have come from all around the U.S. to snap photos and walk the grounds of the lighthouse; but now, you'll be admiring the grounds from the inside out. LEARN MORE