There are plenty of free events offered by the National Park Service that allow visitors to get to know Ocracoke. Following is a sampling:

Daily

Ocracoke Light Station

The oldest lighthouse in North Carolina, Ocracoke Light Station was built in 1823 and stands at 75 feet. The lighthouse is not open for climbing, but the site is open daily.

When: Daylight hours

British Cemetery

Located in the center of the village among historic homes, the site honors British sailors who perished off the coast of the Outer Banks during World War II. A British naval flag flies over the cemetery, which is leased to the British government for as long as the graves remain at the site.

When: Daylight hours

Where: 89 British Cemetery Road

Ocracoke Island Visitor Center

Located at the end of N.C. 12 near the ferry terminal, the center hosts ranger-led programs during the summer months and includes bookstore items and exhibits focused on Ocracoke history.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Located near the ferry terminal

Monday-Saturday

Ocracoke Preservation Society and Museum

The nonprofit museum is located in the restored David Williams house and includes exhibits about island history and natural history and a gift shop.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: 49 Water Plant Road

Monday

Pirates!

Learn about Blackbeard and other pirates that roamed the waters and the shore of Ocracoke.

When:

  • 1-1:30 weekly

Where:

  • Meet at the Ocracoke Visitor Center Amphitheater

Ocracoke After Dark

Bring blankets and chairs for an evening of stargazing on the beach. Bring bug spray.

When: 8:30-9:30 p.m. weekly

Where: Meet at the Ocracoke Day Use Area beach

Monday,Wednesday

Crabbing with a Ranger

Learn about crabs and how to catch them. Limited to 25 participants. Pre-register in person at the Ocracoke Visitor Center starting the Saturday prior to the program.

When: 8:30-10 a.m.

Where: Meet at the Ocracoke Visitor Center

Tuesday

Cast Netting

Cast netting is one of the oldest forms of fishing. Limited to 25 participants. Pre-register in person at the Ocracoke Visitor Center starting the Saturday prior to the program.

When: 8:30-10 a.m.

Where: Meet at the Ocracoke Visitor Center

Ocracoke History

Learn about the island’s rich past.

When: 2:30-3 p.m. weekly

Where: Ocracoke Visitor Center Amphitheater

Wednesday

Pirates!

Learn about Blackbeard and other pirates that roamed the waters and the shore of Ocracoke.

When: 2:30-3 p.m. weekly

Where: Meet at the Ocracoke Visitor Center Amphitheater

Barrier Island Nature

A talk about the wild side of the island.

When: 3-3:30 weekly

Where: Ocracoke Visitor Center Amphitheater

Wednesday, Friday

All About Sea Turtles

Activities especially designed for seashore kids.

When: 2:30-3 p.m. weekly

Where: Meet at the Ocracoke Visitor Center Amphitheater

Thursday

Ocracoke Pony Pens

The Ocracoke Pony Pens is a great place to stop and visit these famous island residents and learn more about their origins. The National Park Service, which has cared for the herd since the early 1960s, offers a weekly program at the pens called Banker Ponies.

When: 10:30-11 a.m. weekly

Where: North of Ocracoke Village on N.C. 12

Barrier Island Nature

A talk about the wild side of the island.

When: 2:30-3 p.m. weekly

Where: Ocracoke Visitor Center Amphitheater

Friday

Bird Walk

Meet winged residents and those traveling the Atlantic Flyway. Bring bug spray.

When: 8:30-10 a.m. weekly

Where: Meet at the ferry parking lot at north end of the island

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