With 150 miles of pristine coastline, and some of the East Coast's largest swaths of undisturbed maritime forest, the Outer Banks is a popular destination for nature lovers. As an important spot on America's "Flyway," which is the route that migrating birds take on their northern and southern treks across the country, the Outer Banks is the temporary home to hundreds of species of birds. Combine this with the number of deer, foxes, waterfowl, fish, turtles, and even alligators, and it's clear that the Outer Banks is truly a wild vacation destination.
Operated by The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, the US Weather Bureau Station/ Hatteras Welcome Center provides year round directions and information on attractions and events. The welcome center was built in 1901 and housed the first U.S. Weather Bureau Station, which played a key role in developing the nation's meteorological network. Over the years it has endured some of Mother Nature’s most challenging storms. It was decommissioned in 1946.
Five years ago it opened as the Hatteras Island Welcome Center operated by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.
Stop by to obtain valuable literature including brochures and pamphlets about the Outer Banks' attractions and accommodations and. While browsing for things to do, savor the history of the old structure, a unique part of American history where the federal government began monitoring the weather in 1874. An observer recorded data hourly about barometric pressure, humidity, rainfall, temperature and wind speed.
The building has been completely renovated featuring fabulous polished pine walls!
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