Are you headed to North Carolina Beaches this year? There’s a lot to do besides sitting on the beach. Here are the 10 best things to do in the Outer Banks.
Who’s planning their Outer Banks vacation? Do you like to try out different places or go back to the same place year after year? My family has been to the Outer Banks twice and it’s such a wonderful place to visit. Check out my 10 Things you must see in the Outer Banks. It’s perfect for those you like the beach, but there’s also a lot of places to see and explore.
Where is the Outer Banks?
More and more people are wanting to visit the Outer Banks because of the show on Netflix, but I’ve realized so many people don’t even know it’s located in North Carolina. It’s a fantastic place to get away from life and relax. You won’t find high rise hotels or mini-golf places on every corner.
The Outer Banks isn’t just one place, but 130 miles of islands, towns and beaches that have a wide range of activities and history.
10 Things to do in the Outer Banks, North Carolina
This list will definitely keep you occupied for a week and I bet you won’t have time to get to some of these awesome places and activities. Make sure you pin or save this so you can come back and read about it closer to your trip.
Fort Macon State Park (located in Atlantic Beach)
I grew up in Tennessee and there are a lot of Civil War sites to visit. This was a really unique place and I had never seen anything like it. The fort looks over the Atlantic Ocean and there is a ton of history here.
We walked around looking at cannons and seeing the living conditions of the soldiers that quartered there. We even watched a demonstration of a musket being shot. There’s also a beach if you want to swim and play for the day.
Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores (located in Atlantic Beach)
This is a great aquarium, but it’s on the small side and the price is very reasonable ($10.95 for adults and $8.95 for kids). It’s perfect for a rainy day or if you just need some time away from the water. They have otters and sharks; all the things kids love.
This is an absolutely stunning place. You can take a ferry to the island and search for the wild horses where you can camp, go shelling, and hike. We saw 3 wild horses in just the 2 hours we were there and were able to get very close.
Ocacoke Light House and British Cemetery
Ocracoke is a cute little beach town. They have a few souvenir shops, places to eat, and a coffee shop. You can rent a golf cart and head to the light house if you aren’t in the mood to walk. The British Cemetery is right in the middle of town.
If you are driving around the Outer Banks, then you will probably come across Bodie Light House. We stopped here for a few minutes to take in the sites (and use the bathroom). 🙂
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
This light house was moved down the beach because it was in danger of being washed away. They have a museum and gift shop here, as well. There is beach here so you can make a day of it.
This is probably the most recognized light house with its black and white diagonal paint. The day we were there it was closed so we weren’t able to go to the top. Here’s a good book to learn more about it.
You can also spend the day at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore while you’re in the area.
Jockey’s Ridge State Park (located in Nags Head)
These are the tallest sand dunes I’ve ever seen and the brochure says they are the biggest in the Eastern United States. There is a boardwalk, walking trails and it’s very windy. There is even a place to take hang gliding lessons, but I’m not sure if I’ll be doing that anytime soon.
Currituck Beach Lighthouse (located in Corolla)
This is one of my favorite places. We were able to climb to the top of this light house and wasn’t that bad, only 220 steps! The view is gorgeous and surrounding area is picturesque. We enjoyed walking around and going out on the boardwalk and visiting the small gift shop here too.
There is also Corolla wild horse tours if you can’t make it to Shackelford Banks.
Wright Brothers National Memorial (located in Kill Devil Hills)
You can’t go to the Outer Banks and miss the Wright Brothers Memorial. It’s easily one of the most famous places in North Carolina and you get a lot of history in the museum. They have an area to walk around and learn more about their first flights.
There are tons of books you can get for your kids to learn about the Wright Brothers flight in Kitty Hawk before you leave for your trip. It’s $10 for each adult to get in.
The Island Farm (located in Manteo)
This is a living history farm where you can experience life before the Civil War. The people that were dressed up in pre- civil war attire showed us what it would have been like to live there at that time.
We learned about the games we would have played, what we would have eaten, and how we would care for our animals and tend our gardens.
What are some of your favorite things to do in the Outer Banks? If you haven’t been, I hope you can plan a trip to some of my favorite places there. Here’s a book, just on the Outer Banks that you can read up about the entire area!
You can buy this cute OBX tee by clicking on the image!
Have fun on your vacation! Let me know if I left anything off this list! Should I add anything?