Outer Banks FREE Activities

Below is a compiled list of FREE activities to do while on vacation in the Outer Banks.

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  1. Visit a Marina. The Outer Banks is known for great fishing so what better than to plan a trip to one of our many marinas to see what the Charter Boats caught that day. The kids will love gathering around each boat as they return and lay out their fresh catch on the docks for everyone to see. The boats return between 4-5pm each day.
  2. The Town of Duck Summer Concert Series is seven weeks of free concerts featuring some of the area's best known musical talent. Location of the concerts are at the Duck Town Park Gazebo Stage. Shows begin at 6:00 p.m. and are on Thursday evenings from June 28 through August 9.
  3. Nags Head Woods is 1400 acres of Ecological Preserve located in Kill Devil Hills. The preserve is a unique habitat and home to over 300 plant species, some of which are classified as rare. During the spring and summer wooly beach heather, water violets and the southern tway-blade orchid can be found in bloom. Over 50 species of birds breed in Nags Head Woods, and several species of reptiles, amphibians and mammals make their home there.
  4. Jockey's Ridge is the tallest natural sand dune system in the Eastern United States. Located in Nags Head, it is one of the most significant landmarks on the Outer Banks, North Carolina. There are several ways to enjoy this landmark at no cost! Plus, dogs are welcome on a leash. Go hiking, kite flying, swimming at the soundside park, hang gliding or sand boarding!
  5. A great family fun activity is Chasing Ghost Crabs on the beach after dark. The kids will love it!! For this all you need is a flashlight, net, bucket and the dark. Walk along the beach at night and look for moving sand. It's a ghost crab. This is a unique Outer Banks activity because so few beaches have ghost crabs any more. Be careful not to hurt them when trapping them because they can be fragile. My kids love to fill their bucket and then empty it before leaving the beach to watch them all scatter at once.