Outer Banks Things To Do

Visitors to the Outer Banks are recreation lovers. After all, with an area known for its natural beauty, why wouldn’t you want to be outside taking full advantage of every Outer Banks things to do you could think of? Perhaps the Outer Banks’s biggest draw is Mother Ocean and her surrounding sandy beaches. When it comes to things to do on the Outer Banks, the top of anyone’s to do list involves getting in or near the water. That translates into sunbathing, swimming, body boarding, skimboarding, surfing, scuba diving, shelling, sea glass hunting, shore walking…and did we mention just sitting and looking at those meditative waves rolling in? Check out the Hatteras Things To Do section and the Ocracoke Things To Do section for the scoop on the best ways to enjoy the water.

Of course, the Outer Banks things to do on the sound are just as numerous as those on the ocean. Take a peek at the sound, and you almost always see someone boating, sailing, parasailing, kite boarding, stand-up paddle boarding, clamming, windsurfing, kayaking or jetskiing. Check out Nags Head Things To Do or Duck Things To Do for your water sports options.

Outer Banks Things To Do on Dry Land!

Feel more like a dry activity? No problem! If fishing is the ticket, there are many opportunities to wet a line with piers, bridges, shorelines, the sound, bays, offshore and inshore charters. Along a similar drift, a dolphin or sightseeing boat tour is a popular Outer Banks thing to do, and you can learn more in the Roanoke Island Things To Do section. And no equine-lover’s trip to the Outer Banks is complete without seeing the wild horses, a popular Corolla Thing To Do. Want to see as much of the Outer Banks as you can by walking, jogging or biking? Then you’ll love it here! Each town has either a designated bike path, boardwalks or back roads that are so lovely you’ll forget all about the fact that you have three more miles to go!

Outer Banks Things To Do by Area

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

Outer Banks Things To Do by Category

12th Street Portraits

Outer Banks Thing To Do
(252) 489-7078
(252) 305-3179

Portraits on the beach are an annual tradition for many families. 12th Street Portraits strives to make each family portrait session a fun vacation memory. Locally owned and operated by two professional photographers, Audra and Katie, 12th Street Portraits sees the value in the traditional family portrait just as much as they do the spunky candid images that capture the true essence of your family.... read more

Portraits on the beach are an annual tradition for many families. 12th Street Portraits strives... read more

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

Outer Banks Thing To Do
Milltail Road, off U.S. Highway 64, Manteo
(252) 473-1131

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge is a more than 159,000-acre refuge on the mainland portion of Dare and Hyde counties. It was established in 1984 to preserve and protect a unique wetland habitat type, the pocosin, and its associated wildlife species. Pocosin is a Native American word meaning ‘‘swamp-on-a-hill’’ and is characterized by poorly drained soils high in organic material. The... read more

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge is a more than 159,000-acre refuge... read more

Back Beach Wild Horse Tours

Outer Banks Thing To Do
1159-F Austin Street, Corolla
(252) 453-6141

Back Beach Wild Horse Tours' highly trained staff has a great reputation for being entertaining and informative. Their tours last two hours and incorporate quite a bit of local history to complement the sightseeing while showering you with interesting lore. In the four-wheel-drive area you’ll see the Corolla wild horses grazing in their natural habitat and the occasional deer and surfing dolphins. Back Beach tours are given in safari-style,... read more

Back Beach Wild Horse Tours' highly trained staff has a great reputation for being entertaining and... read more

Back Country 4x4 & Kayak Safari

Outer Banks Thing To Do
Meet at Corolla Light Town Center, 1109 Ocean Trail, Corolla
(252) 453-0877

Some of the best wildlife viewing and paddling on the Outer Banks takes place in the remote northern waterways of the Currituck Sound near the Virginia border. Back Country’s unique 4x4 & Kayak Safari carries small groups and families by custom open-air Safari Cruisers through 30 miles of off-road beach, dune and sand trail to paddle from the private Spanish Mustang Preserve where they have... read more

Some of the best wildlife viewing and paddling on the Outer Banks takes place in... read more

Back Country Segway Safari

Outer Banks Thing To Do
Meet at Corolla Light Town Center, 1109 Ocean Trail, Corolla
(252) 453-0877

Segways look like so much fun that when you see people gliding around Corolla on them, you’ll want to try one too. The Segway is a two-wheeled electric vehicle that’s a blast to ride. It’s so easy it seems the Segway was made just for you. At Back Country Segway Safari, located at the Corolla Light Town Center in Corolla, you can choose a gliding... read more

Segways look like so much fun that when you see people gliding around Corolla on... read more

Back Country Wild Horse Safari

Outer Banks Thing To Do
Meet at Corolla Light Town Center, 1109 Ocean Trail, Corolla
(252) 453-0877

Scott Trabue’s Wild Horse Safari is an off-road eco-adventure that will deliver you and your family directly to the wild Spanish mustangs that have thrived on the northern Outer Banks for nearly 500 years. Your naturalist guide will carry you in custom open-air Safari Cruisers through 30 miles of beaches, dune and backcountry sand lanes to discover the Outer Banks’ unique wildlife. Shore life including... read more

Scott Trabue’s Wild Horse Safari is an off-road eco-adventure that will deliver you and your... read more

Beach Braids Hair Wraps & Henna

Outer Banks Thing To Do
791 Sunset Boulevard, Corolla
(252) 453-0310
1171 Duck Road, Duck
(252) 261-3769
4104 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 13, Nags Head
(252) 441-6970

Get the ultimate vacation souvenir with a colorful hairwrap, some cornrows or a temporary tattoo. Beach Braids is the only Outer Banks shop offering natural henna tattoos in addition to Jagua tattoos, all 100% plant based and brown or blue/black in color. All three Beach Braids locations have a Mendhi artist on staff during peak season. This store also sells custom, handmade hemp jewelry. Appointments or... read more

Get the ultimate vacation souvenir with a colorful hairwrap, some cornrows or a temporary tattoo.... read more

Beach Ride Rentals

Outer Banks Thing To Do
108 Loop Road, Ocracoke
(252) 916-0133

At the corner of Silver Lake Road and Highway 12, this service rents 4x4 vehicles. Enjoy full or half-day rentals of 4x4 vehicles to drive on Ocracoke's beach. Reservations are encouraged.

Bianca's Tea Leaf Readings

Outer Banks Thing To Do
1523 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 8, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 473-2277
205 Sir Walter Raleigh Street, Manteo
(252) 473-2277

Need advice? Bianca is highly intuitive and well known for her honest and accurate predictions using Tarot cards, astrology, a crystal ball, handwriting analysis, horoscope readings, tea leaf readings, color therapy and Feng Shui. For more than 30 years, Bianca has helped hundreds live a healthier and stress-free life, and she assures you success by advising you in love, business, marriage, divorce, health and family... read more

Need advice? Bianca is highly intuitive and well known for her honest and accurate predictions... read more

Bob’s Wild Horse Tours

Outer Banks Thing To Do
817-B Ocean Trail, Highway 12, Corolla
(252) 453-8602

Bob White is a legend in the horse tour business. He and his highly trained staff have been offering tours since 1996 with a great reputation for being both entertaining and informative. Bob’s tours last two hours and incorporate quite a bit of local history and interesting lore to complement the sightseeing. In the four-wheel-drive area you’ll see the horses grazing in their natural habitat, often along with... read more

Bob White is a legend in the horse tour business. He and his highly trained staff... read more

Captain Johnny’s Dolphin Tours

Outer Banks Thing To Do
400 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo Waterfront, Manteo
(252) 473-1475
(866) 473-1475

It’s very exciting to watch bottlenosed dolphins frolicking and rolling through the water. Dolphins live in the sounds and from June through October frequent the local waters. Capt. Stuart Wescott, a ninth-generation Roanoke Island native, has been conducting dolphin watch tours in the Roanoke Sound aboard the 53-foot pontoon-type boat Capt. Johnny for nearly 25 years. If you miss the dolphins on your first trip,... read more

It’s very exciting to watch bottlenosed dolphins frolicking and rolling through the water. Dolphins live... read more

Causeway Watersports

Outer Banks Thing To Do
7649 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head/Manteo Causeway, Nags Head
(252) 441-8875

Whether you enjoy the thrill of parasailing, the excitement of a Waverunner or a quieter dolphin tour, it's waiting for you at Causeway Watersports. This adventure mecca is on the Nags Head/Manteo Causeway (look for the 30-foot observation tower near Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe). They offer Jet Ski rentals too. For a great deal ask about their parasailing t-shirt photo package. Causeway Watersports does not... read more

Whether you enjoy the thrill of parasailing, the excitement of a Waverunner or a quieter... read more