Explore Hatteras Island at its natural best with a visit to the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Covering 13 miles of Cape Hatteras National Seashore land, this attraction is hard to miss, although there aren't many giant signs, hotels or businesses to point the way. Instead, visitors will find a completely undeveloped parcel of land, that's well-stocked with gorgeous views and serene nature trails that are ideal for off-the-beaten path excursions.
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!