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

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