The 165-foot Bodie Island Lighthouse has just over 200 steps, equal to climbing a 10-story building. Climbers must be at last 42 inches tall. The visitors center and gift shop in the keepers quarters building are open year round, but the lighthouse is open to climbing only between mid-April and mid-October.
Address: 8210 Bodie Island Lighthouse Dr., south of Nags Head
Hours: Climbing third Friday in April to Columbus Day, daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visitors center open year round.
Cost: $8 adults; $4 seniors (62 and older) and children (11 and younger)