The 5 Best Day Trips To Take During Your OBX Beach Vacation


The Outer Banks of North Carolina are often referred to as the OBX. However, the OBX is made up of several unique towns and villages each with its own charm, character, and history. One of the best features of an Outer Banks beach vacation is the ability to easily explore all of the island(s). This week we share with you five of the best day trips to take during your vacation. From Hatteras to Carova, we have all the best destinations, all within easy reach of your vacation rental. Grab a day bag, load up the kids and get ready to see so much more than you expected. Here we go with a brief multimedia tour of the five best day trips!

See The Wild Horses of Corolla

On the northern end of the Outer Banks you'll find Corolla. A small village with some very special residents that you definitely want to meet. Corolla is the home of a herd of wild horses. These horses date back to the time of Spanish explorers in the late 1500's! All the horses are Spanish Mustangs. During your visit you can take a jeep tour to see the horses in the wild. Of course, you can also bump into the horses just walking down the beach! While in Corolla take some time to visit the Corolla Wild Horse Fund. Learn all about the history, care, and unique character of the Corolla Wild Horses. Make sure to bring your camera! Check out the video on the left to find out more!

Visit Majestic Ocracoke Island

At the southern end of Hatteras Island, you'll find a ferry dock. The ferry takes you to one of the best places on the Outer Banks, Ocracoke Island. A small island with a big heart. You'll spend your day here doing everything from wandering the shops, to kayak fishing and everything in between. In fact, for such a small island there is so much to do you will need to plan on a long day of fun and adventure. Want to see what is happening on Ocracoke? Check out the video below. It's sure to get you excited about your day on Ocracoke. For more information check out our previous post: 10 Great Reasons Why You Need To Visit Ocracoke Island. 

Take The Ultimate Day Trip To Portsmouth Island

Sometimes the best things come to those who are willing to travel off the beaten path. Portsmouth Island is one such destination. These thirteen miles of pristine beaches are located just south of Ocracoke. Getting there is half the fun. Once there you'll find a historic village, incredible beaches, 4x4 beach tours and all the charm you can imagine. This is the Outer Banks in its most untouched form. For all the details check out our post: Why Portsmouth Island Is The Ultimate OBX Day Trip. 

Visit Hatteras Island 

Many people are familiar with the iconic black and white swirls of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, but there is so much more to the explore on the island. Here are five things you'll want to check out while on the Hatteras Island. 

1- Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum 

2- Hatteras Island Ocean Center

3- Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

4- Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station

5- Frisco Beach 

Wander Around Historic Manteo

Manteo is a small town on Roanoke Island. Manteo is just a short drive from any of our Outer Banks vacation rentals. A town steeped in history, it is here you will find the famous Lost Colony, the beautiful Elizabethan Gardens, and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. If that isn't enough to keep you busy for the day, take some time to wander around the charming downtown area. Here you'll find great shops, incredible restaurants, and one of the best views in the area along the waterfront. 


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