Things to Do on the Outer Banks
The Outer Banks, aka OBX, has a long-standing and well-earned reputation for not letting anything get the best of it. The long thin ribbon of sand that makes up these barrier islands may change shape over time, but the resilient soul of the place remains. The expansive, natural beaches and wide-open parks of the Outer Banks feel exotic, but you don't have to take an airplane or cruise to get here, just hop in the car!
The OBX is even better with friends and family, just be mindful that these days other visiting folks might give you a little more space and expect the same courtesy in return. With so many miles of beach and so many things to do on the Outer Banks, you'll find it's easy to claim your own territory for one-of-a-kind experiences.
We've gathered some Trip Ideas to help plan your vacation. Do you consider yourself an adventure junkie, history buff, nature enthusiast? Find your way to your favorite Outer Banks activities by air, on land, or cruising the waters. And don't forget to check out a new MUST-SEE in America, the spectacular Basnight Bridge, towering over Oregon Inlet and connecting visitors to Hatteras Island by way of the iconic NC-12 highway.
While summer is a favorite for many, don't sell fall, winter, or spring short. Each season holds its own treasure. We've created an OBX Daydream video series to give you a glimpse of the activities available throughout the year.
Outer Banks businesses are hard at work adding new safety measures in an effort to protect you and your loved ones as you enjoy the best our islands have to offer. Several businesses have taken the Outer Banks Tourism Pledge and are sharing their specific safety steps. Check 'em out, and be sure to do your part too!