History, Arts & Culture

Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station Historic Site

Most complete U.S. Lifesaving Station site in the nation, with original station built in 1874 and a second station constructed in 1911. Listen to fantastic stories of the heroic feats of our nation`s first storm warriors. See demonstrations of antique style surf rescue cannon and apparatus. See tribute to America`s only all African- American U.S. Lifesaving Station at Pea Island. Predecessors to modern U.S. Coast Guard. Fantastic architecture. Special summer programs and events for the family. Admission charged. Hours: Open mid-April through November. Call for schedule.
Location: Highway 12 in the village of Rodanthe, on Hatteras Island at the MP 39.5
Phone: (252) 987-1552

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

Located on the southern tip of Hatteras Island, the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum lets visitors discover maritime history through its artifacts and exhibits. From diving, fishing and life-saving to naval warfare, piracy, and shipwrecks, the museum explores the evolution of oceanic technology and seafaring culture. Notable artifacts include the original 1854 First Order Lens from the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and artifacts from Blackbeard`s Queen Anne`s Revenge.
Location: 59200 Museum Dr. Hatteras, NC 27943
Phone: (252) 986-0720

SeaWorthy Gallery

On the Outer Banks of North Carolina and located in Hatteras Village, the SeaWorthy Gallery stands out as the premier showplace of collectible art on Hatteras Island. Here in a relaxed and tranquil setting, one finds an elegant presentation of eclectic art forms from paintings, photography, sculpture, pottery, jewelry and home decor.
Location: 58401 South Hwy. 12, Hatteras, NC 27943
Phone: (252) 986-6510

Blue Pelican Gallery Gifts & Yarn

Blue Pelican is located in the heart of Hatteras Village on the island of Cape Hatteras and offers a great selection of local Outer Banks, regional, and American made arts, crafts and gifts. The yarn shop features designer fibers, tools and notions. Many of our yarn-themed gifts and buttons are made locally too!
Location: 57762 NC Hwy. 12, Hatteras NC 27943
Phone: (252) 986-2244

Empty Nest Studio & Gallery

The Empty Nest Studio & Gallery is the working studio of artist/owner Crystal Blackmon. Here a visitor can find her manipulating precious metals and unusual gemstones into one of a kind pieces of jewelry. Also available are her photographs, along with artwork in acrylic and watercolor.
Location: 52193 Cardinal St. Hatteras, NC 27953
Phone: (252) 995-5605

Indian Town Gallery

Art is alive and celebrated at Indian Town Gallery in Frisco. Enjoy fresh and original collections of jewelry, paintings, pottery, photography, sculptures and gift items with North Carolina jewelry and pottery in the mix. Unique finds include fish and other creatures made from recycled metal car parts and quirky accessories crafted from wine bottles, old license plates and vinyl record albums. Classes available.
Location: 50840 NC Hwy. 12, Frisco, NC 27936
Phone: (252) 995-5181

Sandy Bay Gallery

Art gallery in Frisco with a wide variety of jewelry, glass, pottery, sculpture and designer fashion.
Location: 53013 NC-12, Frisco, NC 27936
Phone: (252) 216-5666

The Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is a new Art Gallery and Fine Chocolate shop with fine gifts, art, pottery, and jewelry.
Location: 53688 NC-12, Frisco, NC 27936
Phone: (252) 986-5065

Sounds of Hatteras Shell & Seashore Decor

Catering to bridal showers, weddings, baby showers, family gatherings, birthdays and more, local designer creates seashell decor, handcrafted Driftwood Art and area photography. Custom orders available.
Location: 48518 NC 12, Buxton, NC 27920
Phone: (252) 305-7515

Studio 12

Local art studio offering pottery painting, mosaics and sun catcher glass fusion projects. Full gallery of local art for sale. Fun for the whole family! Coffee shop attached with lots of great drinks and snacks.
Location: 41008 NC Hwy. 12, Avon, NC 27915
Phone: (252) 995-7899


An Eclectic Mix of Local & Regional Art and Jewelry plus a selection of Shells, Books, Candles, Windchimes, Metalworks and other Decor.
Location: 39774 Hwy 12, Avon, NC 27915
Phone: (252) 995-0147

Someday, by the sea

Online and physical shop with a collection of art and gifts created by local artisans. Enjoy everything from photography and ornaments to home decor and candy!
Location: 24267 NC-12, Rodanthe, NC 27968
Phone: (252) 305-2352

Red Drum Pottery

Enjoy a unique pottery shop with coffee house! Featuring artwork of Rhonda Bates and her husband Wes Lassiter.
Location: 53561 NC-12, Frisco, NC 27953
Phone: (252) 995-3686

Frisco Native American Museum

The Frisco Native American Museum is an educational stop where visitors will learn about native cultures of the island as you explore the museum`s many exhibits and nature trails on the museum grounds.
Location: 53536 NC-12, Frisco, NC 27936
Phone: (252) 995-4440

Seaside Showcase

It all starts with a luxurious Seaside vacation home or condo in one of the world’s most beautiful beachside communities.