More than 2,000 shipwrecks sunk off the Coast of North Carolina in what’s called the Graveyard of the Atlantic. With all that history floating around, it was only natural to build a museum to honor and preserve the maritime culture of the Outer Banks. A state-of-the-art structure, the year round museum houses and displays artifacts, and presents a variety of exhibits and interprets the rich maritime culture that includes war, piracy, ghost ships and more. Artifacts include thoseex from the USS Monitor, which sank 16 miles off the Hatteras coast. The lobby features the stunning and original, 1854, First Order Lens from the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Current hibits include those on piracy and the Civil War on Hatteras Island.
The Hatterasman is a year round and longtime island eatery filled with nostalgic American food. The atmosphere is very laid back. You wouldn’t mind walking in donned in a swimsuit. Discover staples such as burgers, BBQ, chicken tenders and grilled cheese at extraordinary prices. This is a down home stop where you will enjoy diving into chili cheese fries, onion rings, hushpuppies and other fried faves. Mainstays include Philly cheese steak, chicken Philly cheese steak, grilled chicken, chicken tender sandwich and burgers galore. Try the signature Hatterasman burger, an 8-ounce hunk of meat with cheese, onion rings, BBQ sauce and bacon. Not into meat? How about their seafood dishes including a fried flounder sandwich, fried shrimp basket or crabcake or oyster sandwich? All sandwiches are made fresh. You select the toppings including cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, jalapenos and more. The added bonus? All sandwiches come with fries. Drinks include Pepsi products, sweet and unsweetened tea, bottled and canned beer and even draft beer on tap!