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Ocracoke Island Visitor Center

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Address: Ocracoke Village, south end of Rte 12 on Silver Lake, Ocracoke, NC
Phone Number: +1 252-928-4531
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Pick up information about the island, view exhibits and visit the bookshop....

Pick up information about the island, view exhibits and visit the bookshop. You can also arrange to use the Park Service docks, pick up maps of the bike paths, and attend free summer programs run by the Rangers.

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Ferry ride to Ocracoke

Stop by Ocracoke Island Visitor Center to pick up information that will enable you to fully enjoy Ocracoke. The staff is very nice and helpful. For anyone who has not visited... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 September 2016
Dean b
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Monticello, Kentucky
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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

You will find vending machines, super clean rest rooms and helpful staff here. So much different than what was there back in the 70's.

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Thomasville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Get info of the island before you set out. Good prices on keepsakes. Friendly staff and will answer all your questions.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

If you're looking for information about the island this is the place to stop. The rangers are very knowledgeable and informative about what is happening on the island. Good ranger programs,clean restrooms etc.

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Monticello, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

Stop by Ocracoke Island Visitor Center to pick up information that will enable you to fully enjoy Ocracoke. The staff is very nice and helpful. For anyone who has not visited Ocracoke I think you will find the ferry ride to be just as good as the Island. You are permitted to exit your vehicle once the ferry is underway.... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

We were working our way down the Outer Banks, and decided to spend some time at Ocracoke. We took the ferry from Hatterass to Ocracoke, and then from Ocracoke to Cedar Island. We went for the lighthouse. It was underwhelming compared to the other lighthouses we saw on the Outer Banks. We knew we couldn't climb it, but I had... More 

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Poquoson, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Stopped in just in time to catch a barrier island enrichment program 1 of several offered there, we learned about allot of different birds & attending a program is one of the requirements for the Junior Ranger program which my daughter was able to complete.

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Morehead City, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

stop here to get all the info you need for a great stay on Ocracoke. The park rangers a great help. Plenty of maps and nice souvenirs to purchase. Get your Beach Driving Permits here.

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Orillia, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

Nice visitor centre and very helpful staff. The ferries are well looked after and very clean although the air freshener from head was quite strong. They got the cars off and on quite fast. The night ride was interesting as the ship staff had to use their high powered lights to mark the buoys for safe navigation through the shallow... More 

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Mooresville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

I think the visitor center has the best non-cheesy souvenirs on the island and the rangers that work there are quite helpful

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Naperville, Illinois, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

This is a free ferry when you come from the North to Ocracoke Island. About 1 hour and very nice. You pass through some fishing lanes and can watch the boats.

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