The National Park Service calendar heats up on the Outer Banks

By on May 22, 2023

National Park Service Outer Banks Group

An expanded schedule of ranger-led educational programs begin Memorial Day weekend at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial. Ranger Osekre leads a “Wind and Sand” program in this 2021 photo taken at Wright Brothers National Memorial.

The National Park Service is highlighting several major milestones and events starting this week or next that are associated with the onset of the visitor season.

Bodie Island Lighthouse opens for daily climbing beginning Wednesday, May 24. Climbing opportunities at the 150-year-old lighthouse were previously available four days a week. Climbing tickets can only be purchased online at

Lifeguards return to Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s four lifeguarded beaches this Saturday, May 27. From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, lifeguards are on duty from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at¬†Coquina Beach Access,¬†Old Lighthouse Beach Access,¬†Frisco Beach Access¬†and¬†Ocracoke Beach Access. The NPS advises residents and visitors to swim at lifeguarded beaches between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Visitors can also view the daily rip current forecast at¬†

An expanded schedule of ranger-led educational programs begin this weekend at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial.

The 2023 season of¬†The Lost Colony¬†opens Friday, June 2, at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site’s Waterside Theatre. This marks the 86th¬†season for the performance of Paul Green‚Äôs drama, which is directed and choreographed by Jeff Whiting and presented by the Roanoke Island Historical Association.

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