NC - Cape Hatteras National Seashore Breaks All-Time January Visitation Record

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) and Wright Brothers National Memorial had the highest levels of visitation in January 2021 than any other January on record.

At the Seashore, January visitation records have been broken the last three years. In January 2021 the Seashore hosted 86,991 visits, an increase of 5,000 visits over January 2020 and 14,000 more visits than January 2019. Prior to 2019, the highest level of January visitation occurred in 2006.

Wright Brothers National Memorial hosted 10,949 visits in January 2021, making it the busiest January since recordkeeping began in 1979.

2020 Visitation Statistics

In 2020, the Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial hosted over 3 million combined visits.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Despite almost two months of pandemic-related restricted access to Dare and Hyde counties, the Seashore still experienced 2,645,477 visits, the highest number in 17 years and a 1.49% increase over 2019.

In eight out of 12 months, last year, visitation was higher than the previous year. An increase in regional travel to the Outer Banks and a mostly calm hurricane season likely contributed to the very busy summer, fall, and winter visitation.

Over the past five years, the Seashore has hosted 12.6 million visits, an increase of 1.7 million visits over the previous five-year period (2011-2015).

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