Outer Banks Town Information

The Outer Banks is made up of 14 towns: Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo, Wanchese, Hatteras, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, Hatteras Village and Ocracoke. Once fishing villages, these towns blended together over the years to create the beach we know and love today. We have so many wonderful things to say about all of these towns, but we’ve boiled each one down to a couple sentences of Outer Banks town information for a little crash course. 

Corolla is at the northernmost tip of the Outer Banks and known for its wide, remote beaches and upscale rental houses. You have to drive a bit to get here, but it’s well worth the trip. The towns of Duck and Southern Shores are havens for shoppers and beach-goers alike. The various boutiques, markets, watersports stores and one-of-a-kind novelty shops give you a great way to spend a few hours or even a day browsing away. There are also plenty of wide and open beaches and bike trails where you can enjoy some fresh air while taking in the beautiful environment surrounding you. Outer Banks town information continues as you go farther South and enter Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head. These towns have meshed together to create a spot that has it all whether it’s beaches, shops, rentals, restaurants or attractions. 

As you travel down the beach, you’ll come to a split where you can travel to Hatteras or Roanoke Island. You decide to check out Roanoke Island first, where you can visit Wanchese and Manteo. Wanchese is predominantly a fishing village where you can find plenty of fishing charters that’ll give you a fun day out on the water, rod in hand. Manteo is one of the few towns on the beach with an actual downtown area, located on the waterfront, and filled with lovely galleries, boutiques, restaurants and theaters that you’ll want to spend all day visiting. Let’s return to the split and re-route our course to Hatteras Island where we’ll enter Buxton, Avon, Frisco and Hatteras Village. Here you’ll find beautiful beaches on the ocean and sound, maritime forests, marshes, restaurants, shops and little towns sprinkled along the island. 

Now we near our last destination: Ocracoke Island. This island is rich in pirate history but don’t let that keep you from enjoying the isolated beaches, artisanal shops, popular restaurants and community-oriented village. With so many places to visit on the Outer Banks, it’s enough to make you come back year after year just to see them all.


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

Duck Town Park

Outer Banks Town Information
1200 Duck Road, Duck
(252) 255-1286

Be sure to visit the Duck Town Park and Boardwalk. This fabulous 11-acre soundside green space is tucked inside the Village of Duck. The soundside boardwalk extends nearly a mile along the Currituck Sound and connects the town’s commercial village area. Park amenities include an amphitheater, the Town Green, a playground, a public kayak/canoe launch, a crabbing area, a picnic shelter, walking trails through the... read more

Be sure to visit the Duck Town Park and Boardwalk. This fabulous 11-acre soundside green... read more

First Fridays in Manteo

Outer Banks Town Information
Downtown Manteo, Manteo
(252) 473-5558

First Friday is a family-oriented festival held in downtown Manteo on the first Friday of every month from April through December. From 6 to 8 p.m. downtown Manteo’s sidewalks come alive with a wide variety of musical performances and festive activities for all ages. Individual shops and restaurants frequently do their own celebratory activity such as live music, special sales, refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. Dare County... read more

First Friday is a family-oriented festival held in downtown Manteo on the first Friday of... read more

Manteo, NC

Outer Banks Town Information

Manteo, the only incorporated town on Roanoke Island and the Dare County seat, is a small island town complete with a picturesque waterfront, a safe harbor, welcoming docks and a charming downtown historic area. 

Manteo’s waterfront downtown is an attraction in itself, with shops, art galleries, eateries, a lighthouse, a maritime museum, a waterfront boardwalk, a park and children's playground and boats sitting in the... read more

Manteo, the only incorporated town on Roanoke Island and the Dare County seat, is a... read more

Outer Banks Tastes & Tales Guided Walking Tours

Outer Banks Town Information
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