From fantastic beaches and historic lighthouses to tours and shopping – and everything in between, we have you covered! Check out our list of Things to Do for inspiration for your Outer Banks vacation!
Atlantic Street Beach Access – a short walk, approximately 250 feet south of our location – offers paved parking, handicap parking, outdoor showers, a porta-potty, lifeguard (in-season), wooden walkway, sand access, and pet waste bags.
Martin Street Beach Access – .02 miles north of our location – offering paved parking, handicap parking, outdoor showers, lifeguard (in-season), wooden walkway, and pet waste bags.
**Please note between Memorial Day and Labor Day of each year, no dogs shall be permitted on the public beach between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. unless being used to aid a handicapped person. At all other times, no dogs shall be permitted on the public beaches except upon a leash and under the control of owner or handler.
Ghost Crab Hunting!
Ghost Crabs are also known as Sand Crabs, are so named because of their ability to blend into the sandy beaches and dunes in which they live. Ghost crabs normally stay burrowed in the sand during the day and make their appearance at night. The nighttime activity of ghost crab hunting is a family favorite. Once the sun goes down the real fun starts. Grab a flashlight and head to the beach. Watch the sand as the ghost crabs scurry away from your light. Please do not harm crabs. The best time to go is during the summer months from May to early September.
The Lost Colony outdoor drama is the “grandfather” of all outdoor dramas and is produced by the Roanoke Island Historical Association (RIHA). Experiencing The Lost Colony has become a tradition for many. Come see epic battles and Indian dances. Experience the sorrow and heartbreak of tragedy and loss. Witness the pageantry of the Queen and her court and celebrate the birth of Virginia Dare, the first English child born in America. You are seated in the center of the action with the show happening on three sides of you and even sometimes right next to you in the aisle. There is music, laughter, romance and dance.
Playing a round of putt-putt or miniature golf is a classic “must-do” when visiting the Outer Banks! Check out some of our favorite courses listed below.
Lost Treasure Golf – Kill Devil Hills: Dual 18-hole mini-golf courses with a mining-town theme, water features, and a train ride!
Paradise Golf & Arcade – Kill Devil Hills: Family-friendly fun park featuring mini-golf, go-karts, bumper cars, and arcade games.
Mutiny Bay Adventure Golf and Arcade – Nags Head (pictured above): Beautiful sound-side 18-hole mini-golf course. The clubhouse offers arcade games, drinks and snacks.
Take a hike through nature when visiting the Preserve, a self-guided facility open from dawn to dusk every day free of charge. Restrooms and visitor lobby are open based on staff availability.
Center, Sweetgum Swamp and Blueberry Ridge Trails
~ One big trail system in three parts through the mature maritime forest. Access is off the deck at the parking area. Sweetgum and Blueberry Trails are rigorous in skill level, so plan accordingly.
Easy trail accessed by walking out the parking area and left down the gravel road. The entrance is on the right.
Wind, sand, and a dream of flight brought Wilbur and Orville Wright to Kitty Hawk, NC where they achieved the first successful airplane flights on December 17th, 1903!