OBX Activities

Outer Banks Vacation Activities & Attractions

The following are some of the activities you may enjoy during your vacation at the Outer Banks:


Carova and beyond – 4-wheel drive territory past the road’s end. Penny Hill, unspoiled beaches and the Corolla Wild Horse Sanctuary. If not for the fence, you could reach the Virginia line!

Currituck Beach Lighthouse – Distinctive brick lighthouse located in Corolla. Open for tours and climbing in the summer.

Pine Island Audobon Sanctuary

The Whalehead Club – Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Spectacular 1920s hunt club located in the shadow of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. Recently restored to its original splendor including art nouveau architectural styling accented with Tiffany lamps and cork-tiled floors. Tours available.


US Army Corps of Engineers Field Research Facility – The Duck Research pier, located just north of Duck. Tours available during the summer months.

Kill Devil Hills

Wright Brothers National Memorial or here – Celebrating 100 Years of Flight in 2003! The site of Orville and Wilber Wright’s historic first flight on Dec. 17, 1903. The National Park Service Facilities include a visitor center displaying a replica of the Wright Flyer, the granite Wright monument atop Kill Devil Hill and a reconstruction of the Wright’s 1903 camp. U.S. 158 Bypass, Milepost 8
(252) 441-7430

Nags Head

Bodie Island Lighthouse

Jockey’s Ridge State Park – The highest sand dune on the East Coast! Jockey’s Ridge is the site where hang gliding enthusiasts from throughout the country come to practice their sport. U.S. 158 Bypass, Milepost 13.
(252) 441-7132

Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve – Large expanse of rare maritime forest that boasts a wealth of biological diversity. Owned and operated by The Nature Conservancy. Visitors center and education programs offered.
(252) 441-2525

Wreck of the USS Huron – Between Milepost 11 & 12

Roanoke Island

Elizabeth II State Historic Site – Berthed in Manteo’s Shallowbag Bay, the ship is representative of the 16th-century ship that brought Sir Walter Raleigh’s colonists to Roanoke Island and the New World in 1585. (252) 473-1144

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site – Replica of a 1585 earthen form on what many experts believe to be the original site of the first English settlement in North America. The site includes a modern visitor center, adjacent Elizabethan Gardens and a nature trail. U.S. Route 64 north of Manteo. (252) 473-5772

The Elizabethan Gardens – These beautiful, tranquil gardens are a tribute to the first English colonists. Located at the north end of Roanoke Island, near the Fort Raleigh Historic Site and the Lost Colony. Open year round.

The Lost Colony – Paul Green’s entertaining and educational story of the first English Colonists who arrived here in 1587. Live outdoor drama at Waterside Theater on Roanoke Island, performed all summer, nightly except Sunday.
(252) 473-5772

North Carolina Aquarium – Recently expanded! Located on Roanoke Island near Manteo, the North Carolina Aquarium is one of the most popular attractions on the Outer Banks. Visitors may watch Loggerhead Turtles, sharks, crabs, and dozens of species of fish and other marine creatures native to North Carolina. Groups should call in advance for tours. (252) 473-3493

Roanoke Island Festival Park – Celebrate the history of Roanoke Island, the Birthplace of English America. Education and Arts.

Hatteras Island

Buxton Woods Maritime Forest and Nature Trail – One of the few remaining maritime forests in the country.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse -The tallest lighthouse in the United States and guardian of the Graveyard of the Atlantic, the beacon is the best known symbol of the North Carolina coast. Located in Buxton. (252) 955-4474

Cape Hatteras National Seashore – The nation’s first national seashore. 72 miles of beautiful sandy beach that stretch from Nags Head to Ocracoke Island.

Hatteras – Ocracoke Free Ferry

The Hatteras – Ocracoke ferry connects the southern end of Hatteras to the northern end of Ocracoke. It is a very busy route, and the lifeblood of tourist traffic to and from Ocracoke. The crossing takes about 40 minutes, and remains close to shore along the ferry channel. For additional information about the ferry, click on the link below.


Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station – One of the seven original lifesaving stations on the Outer Banks. See a shipwreck exhibit or one of the weekly lifesaving re-enactments. From 1874 until 1954, U.S. Coast Guard lifesaving crews stationed in this beautiful wooden building battled the shoals and surf of Hatteras Island to rescue hundreds of shipwrecked sailors. Inside are exhibits on the lifesaving service. N.C. Route 12 Rodanthe. Admission is free.
(252) 987-2203

Frisco Native American Museum

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge – A protected wildlife sanctuary, it’s a popular stopover for migrating waterfowl and a terrific place to see a variety of interesting wildlife and plants. There is a self-guiding tour with information on the species that can be found each season. More than 260 species of birds have been spotted in the 5,915-acre refuge that extends along the Outer Banks from Oregon Inlet to Rodanthe. (252) 987-2394

World Class Fishing

The Outer Banks of North Carolina undoubtedly offers the greatest diversity of fishing and marine recreational activities of any place on the Atlantic Coast. Not only are a great variety of fresh and salt water fish available in the area but also many miles of open water, both deep and shallow, which affords visitors areas in which to sail, windsurf, waterski, shell and even collect crabs.

Fresh water in Kitty Hawk Bay, Currituck Sound, and various ponds along the banks has provided anglers excellent Largemouth Bass fishing for many years. Smaller pan fish are also available and the only requirement for pursuing such fish is a N.C. fishing license available at many locations. The salt and brackish water of lower Currituck, Croatan, and Pamlico sounds hosts a variety of fish from spot to trout during the summer months. Most are taken from boats ranging from small skiffs to headboats carrying as many as 60 people. Three available headboats mainly concentrate their efforts around Oregon Inlet and a short distance offshore. Trips average about four hours in length and are ideal for the novice angler and family groups as tackle, bait and good instruction are furnished for a very modest fee.

For the most adventurous anglers 50 ft. plus charter craft are available for either half or full day charters. Half day trips usually run in the general vicinity of either Hatteras or Oregon Inlet and produce good catches of blues and spanish mackerel on a regular basis. Full day trips head east to the deeper waters of the Gulf Stream on the edge of the Continental Shelf. There, dolphin, tuna, and marlin appear consistently in catches. Pier fishing is very popular along the Outer Banks with seven piers between Duck and Hatteras. Anglers fishing from ocean piers generally love good catches of smaller fish such as bluefish and spot but occasionally, in the cooler months, jumbo bluefish, channel bass and king mackerel come inshore and are landed by pier jockeys.

Probably the most consistent fishing attraction of the area is the surf fishing, which is unparalleled anywhere. The fishing area is virtually unlimited as is the variety of fish available. Throughout the summer months even the most inexperienced angler can manage to catch enough small fish from the surf for a meal. Action in the Spring and Fall when water temperatures are fairly cool is excellent with channel bass from 30 to 60 lbs., speckle trout and jumbo blues taken by anglers with regularity. All that’s necessary is tackle and a little bait as no salt water license is required.

Traditionally, the best fishing is in the late Spring and Fall when water temperatures are moderate. At that time many fish move through the area on regular migration patterns providing an astounding mixture of both tropical and cold water species. Due to this diverse variety of fish the term “Gamefish Junction” was applied to the area many years ago, and rightly so as this is one of the most well-known and attractive areas for anglers in the U.S.

For more information:

Piers from North to South:

  • Avalon Fishing Pier – MP 6, Kill Devil Hills (252) 441-7494
  • Nags Head Fishing Pier – MP 12, Nags Head (252) 441-5141
  • Jennette’s Fishing Pier – MP 16.5, Nags Head (252) 441-6116
  • Outer Banks Fishing Pier – MP 18, South Nags Head (252) 441-5740
  • Fishing Unlimited Sound Fishing Pier – Nags Head-Manteo Causeway, Nags Head (252) 441-5028
  • Hatteras Island Fishing Pier – Rodanthe (252) 987-2323
  • Avon Fishing Pier – Avon (252) 995-5480
  • Frisco Pier – Frisco (252) 986-2533

Golf Courses


Beach Bowling Center
Nags Head
(252) 441-7077

Colington Speedway
(252) 480-9144

Corolla Raceway
700 S Croatan Hwy
Nags Head
(252) 480-4639

Dowdy’s Amusement Park 7pm – 11pm
Memorial Day through Labor Day
158 Croatan Hwy
Nags Head, NC 27959
(252) 473-3824

Frisco’s Mini Golf & Go Carts
(252) 995-6325

Gee Amusement
(252) 473-5650

Miss Kitty’s Old Time Photo
Timbuck 2 Shopping Center
Corolla, NC

Wet n’ Wild Bumper Boats
2046 N. Virginia Dare
Kill Devil Hills, NC

Nags Head Raceway
7000 S Croatan Hwy
Nags Head NC 27959

Outer Banks Amusements / Devices
Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-9303 office
(252) 480-9303 pager

Speed N Spray
6408 Croatan Hwy
Nags Head
(252) 480-2877

The Promenade
Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-4900

Waterfall Park
(252) 987-2213