The Bodie Island Lighthouse, (pronounced "Body") is located just south of the town of Nags Head and Whalebone Junction, where Highway 158, Highway 64, and NC Highway 12 intersect. Visitors travelling towards Hatteras Island can't help but notice the black and white horizontal striped structure, peaking out over a line of dense cedar trees on the soundside.
Painted bright yellow on the outside, Firefly Restaurant, located off the Bypass at Milepost 10.5, stands out in more ways than one. The Southern cuisine featured on the menu includes mouth-watering favorites of Dixie: collard greens, grilled corn on the cob, shrimp ‘n’ grits. But it also has creative versions of the old standards, like lobster mac ‘n’ cheese, grilled meatloaf, chicken or crab pot pie and fried green beans. Desserts include deep fried moon pie and funnel cake topped with chocolate or raspberry sauce or brown sugar and cinnamon. The décor is a playful forest theme, with “tree trunks” instead of beams and leafy rugs that make you feel like you’re walking in the woods. Yet, the atmosphere is classy and relaxing. Upstairs, there is an invitingly beautiful wood bar with a wide screen TV. If the weather is nice, customers are welcomed to eat or drink outside on the deck, which has a few wooden tables and benches to sit at and enjoy the fresh air. Kids menu available, and check out the souvenir bug collecting kits and bug collecting nets.