As I wrote in an earlier post, I had a plan to make it down to the Outer Banks, and I did! I’m there. The chain of islands off the coast of North Carolina is a hot spot for family vacations and college beach weeks, including my family for the past 30+ years. From Corolla all the way to Ocracoke, the Outer Banks features some amazing feats, including lighthouses, National Memorials, and beaches as far as the eye can see. Here are the top things to see/do in the Outer Banks.
Rent something! Anything! A bike? A kayak? A canoe? A jetski? Something. The Outer Banks has it all! There are too many vendors to list, but from my 20+ years of experience here, these two have stuck out as top contenders.
This company has everything you could possibly need. They have sailboats, jetskies, pontoon boats, wakeboarding, tubing, water skiing, and kayaks! All for reasonable prices.
Location: 1314 Duck Road, 1/4 mile North of the Duck Fire Station
Contact Information: (252) 261 – 2900
Duck Village Outfitter:
I’ve been going here since I can remember. Back in my skater days, I used to buy a new skateboard here every year, so I’ve got a small emotional connection to it! They specialize in kayak and bike rentals, but also do guided tours for kayaks. Unfortunately, I did not get their pricing as they didn’t have them readily available and they were pretty busy.
Location: 1207 Duck Rd. Duck, NC
Contact Information: (252) 261 – 7222
Whether you do it on your own or with a charter, whether you’re into Deep Sea Fishing or in the creek behind your house, fishing can be for anyone. One of the best charter services/stores in town is Bob’s Bait and Tackle. If you know what you’re doing and you know what you need, head on down to the shop and pick it up! If not, and you’d like to hire a charter, they do both half and full day services! They’ll take you out to the best spots off the coast, and ensure you have a good time.
Fishing can be for anyone. Whether you’re the one physically casting the line or not, lounging on the bow of the ship is an activity for anyone. Catch some rays, bring a good book, and let the fishermen do their thing.
Location: 1180 Duck Rd. Duck, NC
Contact Information: (252) 261 – 8589
Scarborough Faire is my favorite shopping area in all of the Outer Banks. Although I’m not one who typically shops at boutiques, the plaza is full of them! The outdoor boardwalk style path that connects the stores makes the area feel homey, not to mention the dazzling courtyard that centers the entire complex. Grab a book from the Island Bookstore, a coffee from Treehouse Coffee, and get your read on. Those two stores are easily my favorite. I can not walk into the Island Bookstore without purchasing something. Everyone needs a nice read at the beach. Mine just happens to be on Cuba, if you had seen my Instagram. Same with Treehouse Coffee, the coffee-haulic inside of me brightens up when I have a sip.
Location: 1177 Duck Rd. Duck, NC
Contact Information: (540) 272 – 0975
If you’re reading this, I’m going to assume you have a slight interest in travel. Well without these two brothers, our travel hobby would be a whole lot more difficult. Kitty Hawk//Kill Devil Hills is known for being the birthplace of aviation. It’s here that brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright took off for the first ever flight. If you look at the last two selfies of mine, the first one is at the top of the hill with the monument. To put it into perspective, it’s about 60 ft. tall. In the 2nd selfie, that’s me looking back at the memorial. That sidewalk is the pathway of the flight, and I am standing at the landing spot of the 4th attempt. Roughly 860 ft in about 1 minute, and there it was, aviation was born.
Location: 1000 N. Croatan Hwy. Kill Devil Hills, NC
Contact Information: (252) 473 – 2111
Hang gliding has not and will never be as accessible as hang gliding with Kitty Hawk Kites. Through their many, reasonably priced, options, they make hang gliding fun for everyone. Whether it’s your first time, or your 100th time, soaring over the Kill Devil Hill’s Dunes is an adventure you can’t get somewhere else.
Location: Carolista Dr. // MP 12 Nags Head, NC
Contact Information: (252) 441-2426
Go to the Beach
Probably the most obvious of the bunch, the Outer Banks are well known for their beautiful beaches. The soft, white, sand provides a great recreational area for beach-goers, swimmers, and beach sport players. The OBX is known for being family friendly and the beach is just that. Nothing like Panama City Beach, you will rarely find the drunk college students, but rather families with children and sand castles.
However, I do not suggest going swimming now. Recently, here in the US, news of an outrageous number of shark attacks and sightings right off the coast. The most recent one being two days ago! So watch out.
There are plenty of other things to do in the OBX, I couldn’t possibly list them all! If there’s something I’m definitely missing that needs to be on here, comment below!