Outer Banks Nautical Attractions

Take advantage of the Outer Banks’ coastal location by enjoying some aquatic activities. Yes, there are quite a few more beyond surfing in the Atlantic! If you’re feeling sporty, Outer Banks nautical activities you might want to try your hand at include kayaking or standup paddleboarding along the sound or in the ocean or even checking out North Carolina’s first historic shipwreck preserve for a fun activity that will also give you an excellent workout. For those who’d prefer more relaxing activities, you can visit museums with exhibits on common Outer Banks boats or the Graveyard of the Atlantic, take a ferry ride between Hatteras and Ocracoke, make faces at the fish in the North Carolina Aquarium or do some photography out in the marsh. Many of these Outer Banks nautical activities can be educational as well as fun. With all of the new knowledge you acquire, your friends and family will regard you as an Outer Banks aquatic expert – great, right? Look at the below listings to pick out the Outer Banks nautical attractions that look like a blast to you!


Outer Banks Attractions by Area

Corolla | Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills & Nags Head
Roanoke Island & Manteo | Hatteras Island | Ocracoke Island

Outer Banks Attractions by Category

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

Outer Banks Nautical
59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras Village
(252) 986-2995

At the end of N.C. Highway 12 just past the ferry docks, Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum attracts a lot of attention with its ship-like building, porthole windows and curved timbers. One of three North Carolina Maritime Museums operated by the North Carolina Division of Cultural Resources, the museum focuses on the maritime history and shipwrecks of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, often called the Graveyard... read more

At the end of N.C. Highway 12 just past the ferry docks, Graveyard of the... read more

Jennette's Pier

Outer Banks Nautical
7223 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 16.5, Nags Head
(252) 255-1501

Jennette’s Pier is a state-of-the-art educational center and fishing pier complete with a pier shop, classroom and banquet hall, and it's the newest Outer Banks attraction, drawing thousands of visitors each year. The pier features wide, clean public beaches, free parking and a bath house with outdoor showers. With its mantra of Fishing, Family and Fun, Jennette’s offers something for everyone. There’s world-class fishing, unique... read more

Jennette’s Pier is a state-of-the-art educational center and fishing pier complete with a pier shop,... read more

North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island

Outer Banks Nautical
374 Airport Road, Manteo
(252) 475-2300
(800) 832-3474 x4

The North Carolina Aquarium is one of the most popular attractions on the Outer Banks, and it got a fantastic renovation that was completed in the summer of 2016. Yes, it's perfect for a rainy day, but you will also appreciate the cool, quiet environment when you've had enough of the sun. Just stepping into the aquarium’s lobby is like diving into the ocean’s depths.... read more

The North Carolina Aquarium is one of the most popular attractions on the Outer Banks,... read more

Whalehead

Outer Banks Nautical
1100 Club Road, Historic Corolla, Corolla
(252) 453-9040

Whalehead is an historic house museum on the northern Outer Banks. The grand residence, dressed in bold yellow and striking copper, stands on a vast green lawn bordering the Currituck Sound. At first sight of the more than 21,000-square-foot Art Nouveau home, so out of place in the Outer Banks landscape, it’s immediately apparent that it has an intriguing past and a fascinating story to... read more

Whalehead is an historic house museum on the northern Outer Banks. The grand residence, dressed... read more