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 or check out our blog that features "13 Best Outdoor Things To Do in the Outer Banks."

Top 10 Things To Do

You've explored the top 10 things to do in the Outer Banks, but the journey has just begun. Check out upcoming events,...

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Whether you are a history buff, outdoor adventurer or admirer of architecture, take the time to rediscover our nation’s...

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For more than two centuries, lighthouses have guarded the Outer Banks coast and always guided the way. Generations of...

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Museums & Historic Sites

Do a little searching about the OBX, and you will quickly pick up on its reputation of having been the first place in history...

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Water Activities

The Outer Banks owe their existence to the elements. The same core ingredients at the heart of your perfect beach daydream...

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Land Activities

Local painters, sculptors, print makers, jewelers, craftsmen, decoy carvers and photographers exhibit their talents at one of...

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Air Activities

Riding the wind, soaring high above the clouds like a bird has been a dream of mankind since people could put their dreams on...

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Tours And Lessons

Don't just take our word for it, see for yourself the beauty of the Outer Banks. This as we call "America's...

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The Outer Banks of North Carolina is full of locally owned shops, boutiques and specialty outlets. You won't find our...

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Spas & Wellness

For some, the feeling of sand between their toes takes them to a dreamy world of relaxation. If being at the beach isn't...

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Top Things To Do With Kids

Consistently ranked one of the best family beach vacations there is something for everyone of any age. Family-friendly...

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