Outer Banks Attractions

Nature is perhaps the most enticing feature of the Outer Banks. With the vital role it plays with attractions at the Outer Banks and life today, it should come as no surprise that this natural environment is intertwined with the area’s history. Each Outer Banks town has its signature claims. Corolla Attractions are resplendent with history – the stately Currituck Beach Lighthouse, a historic mansion built in the 1920s, a restored life-saving station and a village center made up of original buildings that have been repurposed as shops, a school, a spa/salon and more. Continue discovering the rich history within Outer Banks attractions farther south with Nags Head Attractions, like the spot of the Wright brothers’ first powered flight. Keep going, and history-lovers find that dreams come true with Roanoke Island Attractions: Check out outdoor performances of The Lost Colony, which enchants patrons with the story of the first attempt of colonization in the New World and the beautiful grounds at Elizabethan Gardens pay tribute to the colonists. Outer Banks attractions at Roanoke Island Festival Park put you in touch with history with an interactive museum, the representative ship Elizabeth II, period actors from the early colony, a Native American village and an outdoor pavilion that hosts musical events. 

Go Wild Exploring Outer Banks Attractions

Ponies (a famous Ocracoke Island Attraction), bears, wolves and alligators bring a wild side to the Outer Banks. The Hatteras Attraction of birding in the Pea Island Wildlife Refuge draws visitors from across the country. Then, add to this the fact that you're on islands surrounded by sounds full of dolphin and fish and miles of undeveloped seashore bordering Mother Ocean, and you have a vast bounty of Outer Banks attractions to enliven your experience here.

In addition to being a history haven, Corolla bolsters quite the reputation with its nature-based attractions: a wildlife center, town garden, nature trails and the beloved wild horses.

You’re likely to need more than one visit to take in all that the extraordinary Outer Banks attractions have to offer. Enjoy!

Outer Banks Attractions by Area

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

Ocracoke Alive

Outer Banks Attractions
84 School Road, Ocracoke
(252) 921-0260

Ocracoke Alive, Inc. was formed to enrich the Ocracoke Island by serving the cultural and artistic needs of the community. Through fundraising and donations, this group supports the musical, educational and artistic vein of the Ocracoke community by organizing and sponsoring multiple events throughout the year, including the annual Ocrafolk Festival, Ocrafolk School Fall Retreat, Festival Latino de Ocracoke and community plays and school programs.... read more

Ocracoke Alive, Inc. was formed to enrich the Ocracoke Island by serving the cultural and artistic needs of the... read more

Ocracoke Preservation Society and Museum

Outer Banks Attractions
49 Water Plant Road, Ocracoke
(252) 928-7375

For a peek into Ocracoke’s past, visit Ocracoke Preservation Society’s Museum. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to preserving the island’s history and cultural heritage and to protecting its environment. Housed in the turn-of-the-century home of Coast Guard Capt. David Williams, the museum lets visitors glimpse island life in the early to mid-1900s. Many of the architectural elements are intact, and a bedroom, living room and... read more

For a peek into Ocracoke’s past, visit Ocracoke Preservation Society’s Museum. The nonprofit organization is... read more

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center

Outer Banks Attractions
8770 Oregon Inlet Road, off N.C. Highway 12, Nags Head
(252) 441-6301

It's all about making fishing memories at this legendary Outer Banks marina. A fleet of 48 boats offers a variety of fishing excursions at Oregon Inlet Fishing Center year round (weather permitting). Nearshore, inshore vessels offer half-day or full-day trips, while the headboat offers a choice of morning or afternoon inlet/sound fishing. Offshore vessels travel to the Gulf Stream, where anglers enjoy a full day on... read more

It's all about making fishing memories at this legendary Outer Banks marina. A fleet of... read more

Outer Banks Tastes & Tales Guided Walking Tours

Outer Banks Attractions
399 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo
(252) 489-5959

Who doesn't love a good ghost story? Manteo-based Outer Banks Tastes & Tales can tell you some great ones on their Outer Banks Ghost & Legends Tours. The only thing better might be their other tours: Pirate Tales! Terror, Treasure & Treason; The Dead of Night: Ghosts & Graves; Adult Beverage Tasting Tours; and Manteo Historic Homes Tours. The Outer Banks has a rich history... read more

Who doesn't love a good ghost story? Manteo-based Outer Banks Tastes & Tales can tell... read more

Paparazzi OBX

Outer Banks Attractions
3848 N. Croatan Highway, Kitty Hawk
(252) 715-1673

New to Kitty Hawk as of 2018, Paparazzi OBX is an entertainment venue featuring live performances, DJs, a teen dance club and special events. They're a regular contributor to the Outer Banks' nightlife scene, bringing in rock, country and metal music groups, classic rock tribute bands, Euro dance nights and more. Some of their events are specifically for ages 21 and over while others are... read more

New to Kitty Hawk as of 2018, Paparazzi OBX is an entertainment venue featuring live... read more

Roanoke Island Festival Park

Outer Banks Attractions
1 Festival Park, across from the Manteo Waterfront, Manteo
(252) 475-1500

Experience a new adventure in an old world at Roanoke Island Festival Park. This 25-acre historic site allows guests of all ages to experience first-hand what life was like for the first English settlers in 1585. Historic costumed interpreters are featured through Indian Town, the Settlement Site and the Elizabeth II ship to show and tell how the first settlers lived worked and played on... read more

Experience a new adventure in an old world at Roanoke Island Festival Park. This 25-acre... read more

Whalehead

Outer Banks Attractions
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