Outer Banks Things To Do

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Outer Banks visitors 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? Each town offers its own outdoor fun, and you’ll find out everything you need to know to take full advantage of it all here.

Perhaps the Outer Banks things to do with the biggest draw is Mother Ocean and the sand that hugs her. Top on anyone’s Outer Banks thing to do list here, no matter if you’re in Corolla, Nags Head, Manteo, Hatteras or Ocracoke, is getting in, on 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? The Hatteras Things To Do section has all the scoop on how you can get onto or into the water, as does Ocracoke Things To Do.

Outer Banks Standup Paddleboard Watersport

Of course, the ocean isn’t the only body of water that beckons. There’s also the sound, which to many – parasailors, regular sailors, kiteboarders, standup paddleboarders, clammers, boaters, windsurfers, kayakers, Jet skiiers – is just as attractive. To find a good sound access, check out Nags Head Things To Do, or if you’re in the northern Outer Banks area, there are lots of water sports options at Duck Things To Do. Of course, the things to do sections of each destination include almost every water recreation offering you can imagine, so check each one out regardless of where you’re staying in the area. Plenty of visitors (and locals!) are happy to travel from, say, Corolla to Manteo to take advantage of a specific activity.

Tons of Outer Banks Things To Do on Dry Land!

Feel more like a dry Outer Banks activity. No problem! How about golf? There are many good courses in the area, not to mention putt-putt if the little ones are in the same mood. Maybe fishing is the ticket. With piers, bridges, shorelines, the sound, bays, offshore and inshore charters, there’s plenty of opportunity to wet a line. Along a similar line, a dolphin or sightseeing tour is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening. Roanoke Island Things To Do is home to many such outfitters.

Wild horses — or the observation of them — almost constitutes an Outer Banks activity of its own. If you’re an equine lover, see Corolla Things To Do and Ocracoke Things To Do.

Outer Banks Activities - Bike Riding

Outer Banks Marathons, Triathlons, 5Ks and More

If you’re a jogger, walker or biker, you’ll love this place. 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! In some areas, such as Roanoke Island, Duck or Ocracoke, biking or walking is actually a preferred way to get around. Parking sure isn’t an issue when you’re on a two wheeler or your own pieds, and the slower pace allows you to experience more of the area than you ever will in a car. And, hey, all you competitive biking sorts reading this: Just because the Outer Banks is relatively flat does not mean you’re in for a cushy ride. When you have one of our strong head winds blowing into you, which happens a lot of the time, you might as well be doing a long uphill pull.

Kids stay happy here with skateboard parks, race tracks, playgrounds, climbing walls, camps, beading shops, paint-your-own pottery places, pirate adventures and water sports lessons. And we all know that behind every happy kid is a happier parent.

So, welcome to the exhilarating experience of Outer Banks activities! Enjoy yourselves! There are a million ways to have fun here.

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

Corolla Raceway

Outer Banks Thing To Do
796 Sunset Boulevard, Timbuck II Shopping Village, Corolla
(252) 453-9100

The Corolla Raceway features one large track running single, double and junior go carts. For the tamer ones in your crowd, there are freestanding, gas-powered bumper cars. The on-site arcade is a hit with the kids, and the ospreys in the nest overlooking the track are a hit with everyone. The Raceway is open April through September.

Corolla Watersports and Corolla Parasail

Outer Banks Thing To Do
798 Sunset Boulevard, Corolla
(252) 453-6900

Corolla Watersports and Corolla Parasail is the longest-running watersports company on the northern Outer Banks, and they’ve got you covered no matter what type of adventure you’re looking for. From rentals of Waverunners, pontoon boats, kayaks and standup paddleboards to parasailing trips that can take as many as three people up in the air at one time, you’ll find all kinds of ways to explore... read more

Corolla Watersports and Corolla Parasail is the longest-running watersports company on the northern Outer Banks,... read more

Corolla Wild Horse Museum

Outer Banks Thing To Do
1129 Corolla Village Road, Corolla
(252) 453-8002

Housed within a historic home in Corolla village, the free Corolla Wild Horse Fund museum shares the wonderful history and legacy of the Banker Strain of Colonial Spanish mustangs. Descendants of Spanish mustangs brought to the Outer Banks nearly 500 years ago, they are a hardy and majestic breed that is teetering on the brink of extinction. The whole family can learn more from their... read more

Housed within a historic home in Corolla village, the free Corolla Wild Horse Fund museum... read more

Corolla Wild Horse Tours

Outer Banks Thing To Do
1210 Ocean Trail, Corolla
(252) 207-0511

Corolla Wild Horse Tours has been guiding tours to Corolla’s horse country — the four-wheel-drive-only beaches north of Corolla — since 1996. With these experienced and knowledgeable guides, you can sit back and enjoy a comfortable, family-oriented tour. This company uses 15-passenger, open-air safari-style trucks that are safe for any age, including kids in car seats. Along the trip, your guide will tell you about... read more

Corolla Wild Horse Tours has been guiding tours to Corolla’s horse country — the four-wheel-drive-only... read more

Country Girl Head Boat

Pirate's Cove Yacht Club & Marina
Outer Banks Thing To Do
1 Sailfish Drive, Docks at Pirate's Cove Marina, Manteo
(252) 473-5577

The Country Girl can be chartered for full-day Gulf Stream trips for parties of six or more people. Call for rates and schedules. These Outer Banks charter fishing trips usually yield tuna and mahi-mahi, wahoo, king mackerel, marlin or sailfish depending on the season and conditions. The Country Girl also offers head boat-style wreck fishing. The 57-foot sportfisher can accommodate up to 27 passengers and... read more

The Country Girl can be chartered for full-day Gulf Stream trips for parties of six... read more

Crystal Dawn Head Boat

Pirate's Cove Yacht Club & Marina
Outer Banks Thing To Do
1 Sailfish Drive, Docks at Pirate's Cove Marina, Manteo
(252) 473-5577

Whether for head boat fishing or cruises, you will enjoy the 65-foot, big and comfortable Crystal Dawn. You will fish in the inlet or sound for a variety of fish such as flounder, croaker, spot, trout, sea mullet, sea bass and more, depending on the season and conditions. All bait, tackle and licenses are furnished. Cost for head boat fishing is $48 for adults and $38 for... read more

Whether for head boat fishing or cruises, you will enjoy the 65-foot, big and comfortable Crystal... read more

Duck Town Park

Outer Banks Thing To Do
1200 Duck Road, Duck
(252) 255-1286

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

Be sure to visit the Duck Town Park and Boardwalk. This is a fabulous 11-acre,... read more

Elizabethan Gardens

Outer Banks Thing To Do
1411 National Park Drive (off U.S. Highway 64) next to Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Manteo
(252) 473-3234

Designed by two of America’s foremost landscape architects to pay tribute to America’s first English colonists, The Elizabethan Gardens is a rare treasure and a beloved Outer Banks attraction. It’s a haven of verdant, flourishing growth and natural prosperity. The gardens are in bloom year round with azaleas, dogwoods, roses, camellias, daphne, a variety of annuals and herbs and much more. Adding exquisite touches are... read more

Designed by two of America’s foremost landscape architects to pay tribute to America’s first English... read more

Enjoy the Ride

Outer Banks Thing To Do
7128 S. Virginia Dare Trail, the beach road, Milepost 16.5, Nags Head
(252) 715-4469
1171 Duck Road, Unit B-3, Duck
(252) 489-6511
821 Ocean Trail, Corolla
(252) 597-3000

If you're looking for fun alternative transportation on the Outer Banks, Enjoy the Ride offers a range of selections that let you get from place to place while still enjoying the salty beach air in your face. They rent four-passenger and six-passenger "limo" golf carts in Duck and Corolla. In fact, Enjoy the Ride has an exclusive oceanfront golf-cart parking area at the Currituck Beach... read more

If you're looking for fun alternative transportation on the Outer Banks, Enjoy the Ride offers... read more

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

Outer Banks Thing To Do
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

H2OBX

Outer Banks Thing To Do
8526 Caratoke Highway, Powells Point
(252) 491-3000

Making a huge splash onto the summer scene in 2017, H2OBX will certainly become one of the hottest spots for cooling-off for both locals and visitors. Expertly planned by the Aquatic Development Group, the country's leading water park designers, the site contains some of the most innovative aqua rides in the country. Located just 3 miles north of the Wright Memorial bridge in Currituck County... read more

Making a huge splash onto the summer scene in 2017, H2OBX will certainly become one... read more

Hatteras Island Boardsports

Outer Banks Thing To Do
41056 N.C. Highway 12, Avon
(252) 995-6160

Hatteras Island Boardsports rents kayaks, surfboards, paddleboards, body boards, skim boards and wetsuits, and delivery is available. You can also take group or private surfing lessons. Their shop has more than 5,000 square feet packed with swimwear, apparel and accessories for men, women and kids. Some brand names you’ll find here include Billabong, Quiksilver, Volcom, Roxy, O’Neill, Rip Curl and RVCA, along with surfboards... read more

Hatteras Island Boardsports rents kayaks, surfboards, paddleboards, body boards, skim boards and wetsuits, and delivery... read more