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What to Do in the Outer Banks NC

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The Outer Banks has a way of changing people and opening their eyes to new experiences. It’s like visiting a world you never knew existed. In this world, there’s never a dull moment, but instead days filled with a gamut of outdoor recreation, sightseeing and cultural possibilities. All thanks to the wind and the waves, this spectacular natural stage has been set. For hang gliding off sand dunes. For some of the world’s finest kiteboarding. For touring historical lighthouses. For biking, hiking and birdwatching. For days spent on the beach. For nights in Rodanthe. For all the great things to see and do in the Outer Banks. But the best part? There’s always more activities around each and every corner.


The Outer Banks is a sport fisherman’s paradise. The shear quantity of angling opportunities makes our waters some of the best in the world. Read More

Kiteboarding & Windsurfing

The Outer Banks has been dubbed the "Kite Boarding and Wind Surfing Capital of the East Coast." The steady and consistent winds, temperate weather, shallow sound waters and rolling ocean waves. Read More


The Outer Banks is 105 miles of sand, sea, surf and sunshine, and you can ride all 105 of them. From Duck down to Ocracoke, rich salt marshes give way to pristine beaches giving. Read More


For more than two centuries, lighthouses have guarded the Outer Banks coast. Generations of seaborne travelers and mariners have sought the comfort of these beacons' reassuring light. Read More

Eat Local

The Outer Banks has over 170 independent local restaurants of culinary delights in unique settings, with menus created by the most passionate chefs. Read More

Wild Horses

Descendents of the horses brought here by Spanish explorers, the Banker Horse runs free in certain parts of the Outer Banks. Finding them makes for a great adventure. Read More


Bird watching is enjoyable throughout the year, but it is especially good during the fall and winter. An exceptional birding area is the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Read More

Beach Offroading

If you have 4x4, we have plenty of places without roads to explore, namely miles of untamed beach. Happy driving. Read More


This is why people come to the Outer Banks, but still the wild and natural beaches of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore tend to catch people by surprise. Read More

Nights in Rodanthe

Relive the romance of the major motion picture Nights in Rodanthe starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane, based on the bestselling novel by author Nicholas Sparks. Read More

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

The National Seashore extends more than 70 miles from South Nags Head to Ocracoke Inlet, covering 30,000 acres. Read More

Fort Raleigh

The Fort Raleigh National Historic Site sits on 513 acres on the north end of Roanoke Island just three miles from the historic town of Manteo. Read More


Spend your first days as man and wife in a place worthy of the honor. But start planning early. The Outer Banks is a popular place for weddings and honeymoons. Read More



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