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Outer Banks Top 10 Attractions

In air, on land, at sea.
Naturally, plenty of amazing outdoor experiences and tourist attractions are available on the Outer Banks. In one-way or another, each has wind, water and sand to thank. These basic elements not only form the landscape, but everything on it, right down to our culture and how we get our kicks. And these are the top 10 – the land, air and sea experiences not to be missed. Do one or do them all, and you'll leave with great memories and true, lasting impression of what the Outer Banks is all about.

Jockey's Ridge

Perch yourself high atop the East Coast's highest sand dune, and watch a one-of-a-kind sunset at Jockey's Ridge. This 426-acre park has two self-guided trails and nature programs available year-round, and is the best spot on the Outer Banks for hang gliding, kite flying and hiking. Read More

High in the Sky

Snap a photo while "flying" a bronze replica of the famous Wright Brothers plane at what now is the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Or really fly above the OBX in a personal helicopter or airplane tour. Read More

Keep Climbing

Climb the tallest brick lighthouse in America at Cape Hatteras. The iconic black and white spiral landmark has served as a warning to generations of mariners navigating the Diamond Shoals. For you, it's a friendly welcome. We promise the view is worth it. Read More

Set Sail

Experience what life at sea was like aboard Elizabeth II. Those crossing the Atlantic would be the first English to attempt colonization in the new world. The rest is the sad history of The Lost Colony. Read More

A History Lesson

See the mystery of the Roanoke Island colonists' disappearance unfold at The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama. America's longest running outdoor drama occurs nightly during the summer at the Waterside Theatre in Manteo. Read More

A Fresh Bite To Eat

Savor some locally harvested "Outer Banks Catch" at one of the OBX's 100+ locally-owned restaurants. Thanks to some of the finest watermen in the world, and one of the largest estuaries in the world, supply is never a problem. Read More

Reel In The Big One

Reel in your own catch at Jennette's Pier or hop a charter boat for the Gulf Stream and go after world-class game fish. This is "The Billfish Capital of the World" for good reason. Read More

It's On

It's vacation! Stretch your comfort zone and try something new. Stand up paddle, ride horses, or explore the country's first national seashore at Cape Hatteras on an ORV. That's the thing about the Outer Banks. There's a first time for everything. Read More

Tee Time

Play a round at one of seven coastal golf courses gracing the OBX and admire maritime forest and the Atlantic as you walk the fairways. Read More

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The Elizabethan Gardens

Ponder one of the most poignant chapters in our nation’s history as you stroll The Elizabethan Gardens and enjoy a tapestry of beauty. Built as a living memorial to Sir Walter Raleigh’s lost colonists, The Gardens include a collection of Renaissance statues and Elizabethan-style buildings that let you imagine you are back in the time of Queen Elizabeth I.

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