5 Amazing Things To Do This Fall on the OBX

Things To Do This Fall on the OBX

From Corolla to Hatteras the Outer Banks is the perfect place for your next family-friendly vacation. With beautiful beaches, pristine water, and some of the best attractions in the region, there is no bad time of year to visit the OBX. In fact...a little secret. Fall is one of the best times of year to enjoy an OBX vacation. Your family won't be disappointed when you leave the OBX with some great memories. Today we share with you 5 amazing local attractions you won't want to miss during your Outer Banks Vacation. Each one is conveniently located near an OBX Vacation Rental


1-North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island

Roanoke Island is the home of Manteo, NC. This quaint town is located just a short drive from Nags Head, and an easy drive from anywhere on the Outer Banks.  One of areas best attractions is the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. Located just north of Manteo exploring the Aquarium the perfect way to learn about the regions water life, ecology, and environment. The Aquarium boasts dozens of displays and lots of interactive exhibits. Plan on spending 2 to 4 hours exploring and wandering around this state of the art facility. All exhibits are handicap accessible. The Aquarium has free parking and opens from 9 to 5 seven days a week. Here are a couple highlights you won't want to miss during your visit:
All exhibits are handicap accessible. The Aquarium has free parking and opens from 9 to 5 seven days a week. Here are a couple highlights you won't want to miss during your visit:

  • Sea Turtle Rescue exhibit features the local efforts to preserve and protect the local Sea Turtle population. Learn about the remarkable local volunteers, and veterinarians who help rehabilitate sick and injured Sea Turtles found along the Outer Banks beaches. The North Carolina coast is prime breeding ground for Sea Turtles, with hundreds returning each year to lay their eggs. We're sure you will fall in love with these wise creatures of the deep. 

  • Want a more hands-on experience? Try the Sea Senses exhibit which allows visitors to touch starfish, skates, stingrays, and all sorts of sea creatures. Kids will love this exciting and unique hands-on experience. 

  • Finally, and we are just giving you some of our favorites. Get lost watching the Delicate Drifters exhibit showcasing dozens of jellies slowly drifting through the ethereal blue water. You may never want to meet a jellyfish on the beach, but in this exhibit, we're sure you'll agree there is something magical about them. 
Finally, before you leave the aquarium, take the kids to dig in the fossil pit where they can look for shark's teeth and other fossils. You never know what kind of treasures you'll find in the fossil pit...and you get to keep what you find!

Tip: Veterans Day is November 11, and the aquarium is celebrating by giving free admission to everyone on Veterans Day!

Roanoke Island Festival Park 

2-Roanoke Island Festival Park

Located in the historic downtown Manteo, this historic town offers lots of opportunities to step back in time to the early days of our nations' discover.
Stroll the boardwalk along the water and make your way over to the Elizabeth II, a 16th Century Representative Ship. The kids will love exploring the decks of this incredible vessel. Listen to stories from actors dressed in period attire. Take a moment to search for familiar names on the manifest of the original English settlers who came to the area over 400 years ago. You never know...you might just find a lost family connection. 

The Roanoke Adventure Museum is also located downtown and offers a self-guided tour. Blacksmiths and boatbuilding exhibits are open for visitors. Take a moment to learn the tricks of these artisans trades. There is so much to do, the best plan may be no plan when wandering Manteo. Parking is available downtown, with plenty of places to eat, and public restrooms. Manteo is a must-see stop for any OBX vacationer. 

Fort Raleigh 

3-Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

We continue to stay in the Roanoke Island area as we head over to the Fort Raliegh National Historic Monument. Many visitors to the OBX are surprised to learn that Fort Raleigh was the first English Settlement in the New World. One of the great National Parks Historic Monuments found in North Carolina the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site allows visitors to step back in time allowing you to explore first hand what life was like for those first settlers. Learn about the culture and rich heritage of the local Native Americans who have inhabited the Outer Banks for thousands of years.  Dive deeper into our local history and learn about the contributions of the early African American inhabitants of the OBX. The kids will love walking the same ground the first English explorers walked in 1584 when they arrived on the Outer Banks. 

Corolla Wild Horse Museum 

4-Wild Horse Museum-Corolla

Head North up the scenic NC Highway 12 to the Corolla Wild Horse Museum. Perhaps one of the most iconic images associated with the OBX are pictures of the beautiful wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs of Corolla. These majestic animals are a true treasure of the Outer Banks, and the good folks at the Wild Horse Museum are happy to showcase the history and unique heritage of these animals. Corolla is a beautiful small seaside town, and you're sure to enjoy your day in the area. For the really adventurous there are off-road vehicle tours where visitors travel in climate controlled SUVs to see the horses in there natural habitat. All proceeds from the tours and museum go towards the preservation of the Corolla Wild Horses.  

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum 

5-Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum- Hatteras Island

For this attraction head south on Highway 12 to Hatteras. The beauty of the mighty Atlantic Ocean is one of the Outer Banks best features. However, as inviting as she is on a hot summer day, the mighty Atlantic is equally as treacherous for those who sail her rough waters. For hundreds of years, ships have navigated the treachours waters and currents off the coast of North Carolina. Nicknamed the Graveyard of the Atlantic, thousands of vessels from colonial times to current times have met an early end in these unforgiving waters. The Graveyard of the Atlantic is a great way to learn all about the brave sailors and vessels that have come to a watery grave off the North Carolina Coast. Plan on spending a few hours wandering the great exhibits and displays. While on Hatteras Island take time to stop along the way at the small towns along NC Highway 12 S. Towns like Salvo, Buxton and Rodanthe each bring there own character and identity to the OBX. (IMG Source: Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum)

With so many amazing vacation rentals to choose from, the only hard choice will be picking which one to make your home during your OBX Vacation. Of course, the easy solution is to come back year after year. Explore the unique areas and we are sure you'll never be bored while staying on the OBX.  However, no matter the location North, South or in between your Outer Banks Vacation rental will put you conveniently close to the most interesting and family-fun attractions on the east coast. 

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