Outer Banks Nautical Things To Do

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 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

Captain Johnny’s Dolphin Tours

Outer Banks Nautical
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

Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station

Outer Banks Nautical
27968 N.C. Highway 12, Rodanthe
(252) 987-1552

The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station is the nation’s largest and most complete existing example of the life-saving stations that were built along the Atlantic coast in the late 19th century to attend to shipwrecks and to rescue survivors. The 1874 Station was the first operational Life-Saving station built in North Carolina, serving until 1954. Chicamacomico has been partially restored, thanks to numerous volunteers who formed a... read more

The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station is the nation’s largest and most complete existing example of the... read more

Currituck Beach Lighthouse

Outer Banks Nautical
1101 Corolla Village Road, Corolla
(252) 453-4939

The red-brick Currituck Beach Lighthouse towers above the landscape in the Historic Corolla village. Visitors to this Outer Banks attraction can climb the winding staircase, 220 steps in all, to the top of the lighthouse for a panoramic view of Currituck Sound, the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Outer Banks. Inside the lighthouse, at the base and on the first two landings, there are museum-quality... read more

The red-brick Currituck Beach Lighthouse towers above the landscape in the Historic Corolla village. Visitors... read more

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

Outer Banks Nautical
59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras Village
(252) 986-0720

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

North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island

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

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

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center

Outer Banks Nautical
98 N.C. Highway 12, Nags Head
(252) 441-6301

Charter a variety of fishing excursions at Oregon Inlet Fishing Center year round (weather permitting). Nearshore, inshore and head boat vessels offer half-day or full-day trips, while offshore vessels offer full-day trips. Anglers go for a variety of species, depending on the season, including billfish, tuna, mahi mahi, wahoo, Spanish mackerel, flounder, drum, bluefish, cobia and more. Anglers aboard charters do not need to purchase... read more

Charter a variety of fishing excursions at Oregon Inlet Fishing Center year round (weather permitting).... read more