Things to Do on the Outer Banks

The endless expanse of raw beauty that the Outer Banks has to offer is coupled with a vast amount of things to do to create the ultimate visitor experience! Whether your Outer Banks vacation is intended for relaxation, excitement, education, action, or a combination of any of the above, the OBX has something for you to do waiting just around the corner. Here are some of our favorite "Things to Do,” to check out during your next OBX vacation!

Tours & Excursions

Outer Banks Distilling – with a dream to bring the tradition of rum back to the Outer Banks, four locals opened Outer Banks Distilling in Manteo, the first "legal” distillery to ever grace the barrier islands. Daily tours and tastings of their Kill Devil Rum are offered on site. For more information, click: here

Wild Horse Adventure Tours – let knowledgeable local tour guides take you on an off-road adventure ride along the northern beaches of the OBX. The best parts is…they guarantee you will find the wild ponies of Corolla or your money back! For more information, click: here.


Cape Hatteras National Seashore – If any place embodies the true essence of the Outer Banks, it is the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The wide open sandy beaches, roaring ocean, and coastal forests make even an ordinary stroll an exhilarating one. Go camping, swimming, beach combing, lighthouse exploring, adventuring on the seashore for the ultimate OBX experience. For more information, click: here.

Roanoke Island Festival Park – Immerse yourself in coastal Carolina culture by visiting Roanoke Island Festival Park during your Outer Banks vacation. Check out one of their legendary summer concerts or other events that are going on year round at the park. For more information, click: here.

Family Fun

North Carolina Aquarium – bring the entire family, rain or shine, to experience all that the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island has to offer! Participate in hands-on exhibits and see the largest collection of sharks in the state. For more information, click: here.

OBX Children at Play Museum – if you’re looking for a place to stop in and let the kids explore their creative sides, the OBX Children at Play Museum is a great way to focus a little attention on the kids for a couple of hours. For more information, click: here.


Oregon Inlet Fishing Center – discover the largest and most modern charter boat fishing fleet on the eastern seaboard. Perfect for the vacationing fishermen to get an authentic Outer Banks experience. For more information, click: here.

Jennette’s Fishing Pier and the Nags Head Fishing Pierin Nags Head; and Avalon Fishing Pierin Kill Devil Hills are a few of the great Outer Banks piers perfect for fishing, or just enjohjying a stroll.


The Currituck Club– one of the Outer Banks most popular golfing destinations is the Currituck Club, located in Corolla. 18 holes of golf, casual dining options for the entire family, beautiful rolling greens and much more. For more information, click: here.

Seascape Golf Links– Located in Kitty Hawk, Seascape Golf Links is nestled between beautiful maritime forests and rolling sand dunes for a golfing experience that truly represents an Outer Banks vacation. For more information, click: here.

Historic Sites & Activities

Lost Colony Outdoor Drama – discover the magical history of the lost colony, featuring live theatrical performances and backstage tours. America’s Oldest Mystery…for more information, click: here.

Wright Brothers National Memorial – bring the entire family out to experience where the Wright Brothers achieved the first flight! A must-see when visiting the Outer Banks, especially for the first time! For more information, click: here.


The Outer Banks offers visitors the unique opportunity to view and explore 5 lighthouses. In order from north to south you can find the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Bodie Island Lighthouse, Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and finally the Ocracoke Lighthouse. Tours and hours of operation vary for each lighthouse.


Kelly’s Restaurant and Tavern – a delicious restaurant by day, and a happening nightlife location by night, Kelly’s Restaurant and Tavern located in Nags Head offers locals and visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy live music and a good time. For more information, click: here.

Outer Banks Brewing Station – discover the Outer Banks’ only wind-powered brewery, offering craft beers, delicious pub fare and live music on both indoor and outdoor stages all summer long. One of the most happening night spots on the OBX, the Outer Banks Brewing Station is always a great place to stop by to check out the night scene during your Outer Banks vacation. For more information, click: here.


Ocean Sports – kayaking, surfing, wind surfing, parasailing, diving, jet skiing and much more can be enjoyed out in the beautiful Atlantic Ocean while visiting the Outer Banks.

Sound Sports – Just about all of the exciting water activities that can be enjoyed in the ocean can also be experienced on one of the area’s five sounds, with multiple launching locations and calm conditions for beginners and families.

There’s much more to do and see during your next Outer Banks vacation, this is just a little taste to get you started in the right direction to making the most of what the beautiful Outer Banks has to offer! 

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