The Outer Banks consists of many towns up and down the east coast of North Carolina. This map of the Outer Banks will give you a good understanding of the geography. In the center of the action are the main towns of Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head. Up north there is Corolla where you find the Wild Horses and homes on sand roads. Along the way to Corolla is the town of Duck. For some reason Duck is very well known even though it is very small. Maybe people just like saying “Duck!” I know I want to giggle about it sometimes.
Things To Do & See
The Outer Banks is an ideal playground for water sports and other outdoor activities, such as surfing, kite boarding, wind surfing, sailing, diving, kayaking, parasailing, Lighthouses, Putt-Putt (aka Mini Golf), Bowling , Jet ski rental, Parasail, Dolphin watching tours, Laser Tag, Go-karts, Golf, Airplane tours
*Jeanette’s Pier -Longest on east coast! milepost 16.5
*Jockey’s Ridge State Park -Hike the largest active dune system east of the Mississippi River.
*Learn to Scuba Dive, Spear Fishing. www.theoutdoorsoutfitters.com/scuba_diving.htm
*Learn to Hang Glide at Kitty Hawk Kites’ Hang Gliding Training Center. The largest hang gliding school in the world!
*Gallery Row- Art galleries and shops. Milepost 10 1/4
*See Atlantic bottlenose dolphins! Nags Head Dolphin Watch HWY 64, Nags Head, NC 27959
*Bodie Island lighthouse
Kill Devil Hills-
*Wright Brothers Memorial- Visit where Orville & Wilbur introduced their flight to the world. See an authentic replica of the first airplane they built. See this link for the other possible “first flight.”
*Rent a Bicycle and enjoy seeing the Outer Banks at a slower pace
*Take an airplane tour
*Visit the Historic Waterfront
*The Lost Colony –the first English settlement. Tour Festival Park and see the Outdoor drama.
*Roanoke Island Aquarium.
*Roanoke Marshes lighthouse
*The Whalehead Club- 21,000 square foot private retreat of Mr. & Mrs. Edward Knight.
*Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education
*Rent a jeep and see the free-roaming Spanish Mustangs
*Wine tastings at The Cotton Gin
*Visit Currituck beach lighthouse
Hatteras – Everything south of Nags Head on Rt 12
*Chicamacomico Lifesaving Historic Site -Tour stations (weekdays.) Highway 12 in the village of Rodanthe
*Visit the oldest lighthouse located at the end of Hatteras Island.
*Take a ferry to Ocracoke Island-Take a ferry to this remote island, accessible only by boat or airplane.
*Visit the Ocracoke lighthouse
Roads Less Traveled
As you go further south Route 158 also known as “The Bypass” splits off towards Roanoke Island or you can follow Route 12 to points much further south.
Roanoke Island has two towns. First is Wancheese which is mainly a village and industrial fishing area. Few visitors wander down that way but it is worth the trip for fresh local seafood to take home or dine in. Second is the town of Manteo. Here you will find three main attractions. First is Roanoke Island Festival Park. If you are interested in history, reenactments and performances this is the place to visit. It is also a great place to have weddings, receptions and retreats. Second is the Elizabethan Gardens. The Elizabethan Gardens are not only beautiful you can also reserve parts of it for weddings from 25 to 300 people. Last but not least is the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. You can also rent the Aquarium for weddings and receptions.