What to do in Outer Banks, NC

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Wright Brothers National Memorial showing a statue or sculpture

Outer Banks Attractions

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Outer Banks must see attractions

1. Sandbridge Beach

Sandbridge Beach is a serene, golden-sand beach just south of busy Virginia Beach. A secluded alternative to its popular neighbor, Sandbridge Beach is an ideal place to get away from the crowds. Kayak or hike in nearby Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, dine on fresh seafood and spend an evening stargazing.
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Sandbridge Beach showing surfing and a sandy beach as well as a small group of people

2. Cape Hatteras National Seashore

When you drive into Cape Hatteras National Seashore, you might see oystercatchers or piping plovers flying overhead before you even hear the waves on the beach. These are signs of the magical place you’re entering. Spend at least a weekend exploring the 70 miles (110 kilometers) of coastline that are part of this remarkable preserve.
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Cape Hatteras National Seashore featuring a beach

3. Jennette's Pier

Experience some of the finest fishing available in the Outer Banks at Jennette’s Pier. Learn about the region’s history in the pier house. The pier was completely rebuilt after major destruction in 2003 when Hurricane Isabel blasted through the area. With support from the North Carolina Aquarium Society it is now an eco-friendly education center and a sustainable fishing hotspot.
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Jennette\'s Pier which includes a beach

4. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Visitors to the Outer Banks of North Carolina should make a point of seeing the twisting, white and black stripes of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. The distinctive spiral pattern on this structure makes it a pretty subject for a photo. Come to see a beautiful relic of maritime technology and learn about the troubled history of those who have relied on its guidance in nearby waters.
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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse showing a lighthouse

5. Bodie Island Lighthouse

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Bodie Island Lighthouse showing a lighthouse

6. Jockey's Ridge State Park

Jockey's Ridge State Park is home to the tallest active sand dune system in the eastern United States. Explore the three unique ecosystems on a ranger-led program or picnic in the serene natural environment. Walk the sand tracks and nature trails and discover stunning views from the shifting dunes. Experience kiteboarding in the shallow sound and hang-gliding and sandboarding on the dune.
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Jockey\'s Ridge State Park featuring tranquil scenes

What to do in Outer Banks

Free Things to Do in Outer Banks

They say the best things in life are free. Check out the following around Outer Banks:

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge - If you like spending time in the garden, this place will delight your green thumb.

Things to Do in Outer Banks with Kids

You'll find plenty of enjoyable things to do in Outer Banks with the kids. Make some new memories together with these family friendly experiences:


 

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Frequently asked questions

What should I not miss in Outer Banks?
If you only see one attraction here, make sure it’s Wright Brothers National Memorial.
Are there cheap things to do in Outer Banks?
A Jumpmasters OBX Fun Park guarantees a terrific time without costing a packet.
What can you do in Outer Banks for free?
You could put your cash in the hotel safe for the day, because these fantastic attractions won’t cost you a thing:

  • Sandbridge Beach
  • Ocracoke Pony Pens
  • Ocracoke Beach
  • Cape Lookout National Seashore


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