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

Cavalier Surf Shop

Outer Banks Thing To Do
4324 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 13.5, Nags Head
(252) 441-7349

One of the oldest surf shops on the Outer Banks, Cavalier is a family-run operation and is known for providing great customer service in sales and rentals. You can buy or rent hard or soft-top surfboards, bodyboards, skimboards and wetsuits. They also offer private or group surfing lessons with a focus on safety and surfing etiquette. Lessons last 90 minutes and include your board for... read more

One of the oldest surf shops on the Outer Banks, Cavalier is a family-run operation... read more

Charter Boats on the Outer Banks

Outer Banks Thing To Do

Charter fishing on the Outer Banks is one of the most popular activities. Thousands of visitors and locals take advantage of the excellent fishing these waters offer, so not surprisingly there are many businesses that can connect you with the sort of charter you're interested in. Without a doubt, the offshore charter boats that go after the Gulf Stream big game of tuna, wahoo, mahi... read more

Charter fishing on the Outer Banks is one of the most popular activities. Thousands of... read more

Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station

Outer Banks Thing To Do
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 U.S. Life-Saving Service station built in North Carolina, serving until 1954. Chicamacomico has been partially restored, thanks to numerous volunteers who... read more

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

Comedy Club of the Outer Banks

Outer Banks Thing To Do
1601 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 9.5, Comfort Inn North Oceanfront, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 207-9950

The Comedy Club of the Outer Banks is host to some of the most talented stand-up comedians in the nation. This club has been established since 1984 and has hosted such great talents as Ray Romano, Drew Carey and Sinbad when they were plying their trade on the comedy circuit. This is your chance to see nationally touring comedians you may have heard on satellite... read more

The Comedy Club of the Outer Banks is host to some of the most talented... read more

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

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

If it’s on the water, the folks here can help you do it. On the sound at the backside of TimBuck II next to the mini-gold course, Corolla Watersports rents four-stroke Waverunners, pontoon boats, standup paddleboards, sit-on-top and sit-in kayaks and two- and four-seat pedal boats. You can rent the pontoons with or without a captain — sunset cruises are perfect in one of these... read more

If it’s on the water, the folks here can help you do it. On the... read more

Corolla Wild Horse Museum

Outer Banks Thing To Do
520 Old Stoney Road, Suite B, Corolla
(252) 453-8002

Corolla Wild Horse Fund's offices, museum store and education center are now located at 520B Old Stoney Road in the Ocean Club Centre, the same complex as Corolla’s Visitors Center and the ABC Store. This is where the Corolla Wild Horse Fund shares the fascinating history and legacy of the Banker strain of Colonial Spanish Mustangs. Descendants of Spanish Mustangs brought to the Outer Banks nearly... read more

Corolla Wild Horse Fund's offices, museum store and education center are now located at 520B... 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

Corolla-Duck Parasail

Outer Banks Thing To Do
1118 Corolla Village Road, Coastal Explorations, Corolla
(252) 722-3669
798 Sunset Boulevard, Corolla Watersports, Timbuck II Shopping Center, Corolla
(252) 453-6900
1446 Duck Road, North Duck Watersports, Duck
(252) 261-4200

Corolla-Duck Parasail is your parasailing authority on the Outer Banks. They are the only parasail-exclusive company on the beach, and with the addition of their newest Ocean Pro boat, they are the only ones who can guarantee that non-flying observers can go along too. Their licensed 100 Ton Master Captain owner-operators have more than 60 years of combined industry experience and offer parasailing trips in

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Corolla-Duck Parasail is your parasailing authority on the Outer Banks. They are the only

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Country Girl Charters

Pirate's Cove Yacht Club & Marina
Outer Banks Thing To Do
1 Sailfish Drive, 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
2000 Sailfish Drive, Docks at Pirate's Cove Marina, Manteo
(252) 473-5577

Looking to get out on the water? Docked at Pirate's Cove Marina on the Nags Head/Manteo Causeway, Crystal Dawn is conveniently accessible for anyone based on the northern Outer Banks. The comfortable 65-foot double-decker boat offers head boat fishing in the sounds and around Oregon Inlet as well as a variety of fun cruises around Roanoke Island. On a head boat fishing trip you'll catch fish... read more

Looking to get out on the water? Docked at Pirate's Cove Marina on the Nags... read more

Currituck Beach Lighthouse

Outer Banks Thing To Do
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