Forget Hawaii and California - on the East Coast, the best place for surf is on the Outer Banks, and this region is renowned as one of the best surfing destinations from New York to Florida. Surfers from all over the country and the world flock to the Outer Banks for the annual ESA tournament, or just after a storm swell, to paddle out to the Atlantic and enjoy some of the best waves on the coast.
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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