The Outer Banks Voice – Thanksgiving Weekly Activities in OBX National Parks

OBX National Parks Thanksgiving Week Activities

By Outer Banks Voice on November 22, 2021

Wright Brothes National Memorial

Cape Hatteras National Waterfront

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

November 22, 2021 | Number 86 | Cape Chronicle Bulletin from Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s Cape Chronicle e-newsletter provides short, timely and newsworthy content throughout the year.

Seaside Updates

  • The high number of visits in October helped Cape Hatteras National Seashore to break a long-standing annual visit record. With two months remaining in the year, 2021 has already become the busiest year by the sea, surpassing the previous record set in 2002. [Full News Release]
  • The Ocean Pursuit vessel has been safely removed from the beach. Photos taken during the move are available on Flickr.
  • This is the last week of the 2021 camping season at Cape Point and Frisco Campgrounds. Oregon Inlet and Ocracoke Campgrounds offer year-round camping opportunities. Reservations and payments for campsites must be made online at www.recreation.gov.
  • Over the past two weeks, Cape Hatteras National Seashore employees have noticed that several signs have been removed from Buxton Beach Access and the beach near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. An active police investigation is underway regarding these items. Learn more about stolen goods.

Thanksgiving Week Activities

Most of the National Park Service facilities on the Outer Banks are open during Thanksgiving week. Hours and programs at popular park facilities (November 22-28):

Cape Hatteras National Waterfront
  • The grounds are open 24 hours a day.
  • Bodie Island Park Store open daily from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 1:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Maritime Museum (opposite the Cape Hatteras lighthouse) open from November 25 to 28 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Hatteras Island Park Store open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Ocracoke Island Discovery Center open 10 a.m. to noon from November 26 to 28
  • The Ocracoke Lighthouse base is open from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. November 26-28
  • Bonner Bridge Pieropen 24 hours a day.
  • Most of the beaches are open to authorized night driving (24 hours a day). Off-road vehicle licenses must be purchased in line. Visit nps.gov/beachaccessfor beach access updates.
  • This is the last week of the 2021 camping season at Cape Point and Frisco Campgrounds. Oregon Inlet and Ocracoke Campgrounds offer year-round camping opportunities. Reservations and payments for campsites must be made online at recreation.gov.
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
  • The grounds are open 24 hours a day.
  • Lindsay Warren Visitor Center open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Visitor Center contains exhibits on the Algonquins, the English, the Freedoms Colony of Roanoke Island, the Battle of Roanoke Island during the Civil War and Reginald Fessenden.
  • Educational programs scheduled at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on November 27-28.
National Memory of the Wright BrothersI
  • The park and visitor center at the Park’s National Historic Site are open daily, including Thanksgiving Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Educational programs scheduled at 11 a.m. from November 26 to 28.

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Sally J. Minick