By Outer Banks Voice on November 18, 2020
New numbers released on Nov. 18 from the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) provide more evidence of the robust tourist season that ensued after the Outer Banks re-opened to tourists in May.
The Seashore hosted 259,618 visits* last month, up 37.58% from October 2019. This was the second-busiest October on record, trailing only the 288,705 visits recorded in October 2003.
Only three times in its history has the Seashore hosted more than 200,000 visits in October.
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and the Wright Brothers National Memorial also experienced high levels of visitation last month. Notably, 19,779 visits were recorded at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, making it the third-busiest October at the park.
*Seashore visitation estimates are collected by counting southbound vehicles just north of the Marc Basnight Bridge and using a multiplier to estimate the total number of passengers heading south. Those estimates are added to the number of passengers going to Ocracoke Island from Cedar Island and Swan Quarter.