Outer Banks Activities & Programs

It doesn’t matter if it’s the middle of winter or the height of summer, there are always Outer Banks things to do. Life has changed quite a bit on these outer sand islands over the past decade. It used to be that the main Outer Banks activities began on Memorial Day and finished right after the last Labor Day visitor headed home. But now, year-round Outer Banks programs are available to entertain you, broaden your mind, invigorate your body or sweeten your soul. Outer Banks activities center around our glorious natural playground that offers sea and sound waters, vast open skies, giant sand dunes, woods and nature preserves filled with wildlife.

The geography of the Outer Banks is unlike that of any other place in the world, and many Outer Banks activities take advantage of this defining factor. You can check out Jockey’s Ridge State Park or one of the several nature preserves located along the Outer Banks. Or seize the chance to dip your toes in the ocean or sound with paddle trips, surf lessons or fishing expeditions.

Outer Banks programs are also rich with the local history and culture (no, we’re not talking about sitting on the beach, contemplating how many years it took to beat the shells down into the fine grains of sand running through your fingers). Visit the settlement site of the Lost Colony and come up with your own idea of what really happened to the settlers. Check out Whalehead in historic Corolla to get a taste of the beach in the 1920s.

Don’t forget that Outer Banks programs can be family-friendly, too. Parents and kids can learn important skills ranging from swim lessons to surf lessons to crabbing. Now that you know that Outer Banks activities extend beyond building sandcastles and body surfing, there’s no excuse not to add a little variety to your vacation. Check the listings below to find what you can do and where you can do it.

Let Farmdog give your family group of 7 or more a private... More info
If you are flying solo or in a small group and want to meet... More info
We rent epoxy (fiberglass) Stand Up Paddle Boards for the... More info
Farmdog Surf School will provide a board, wetsuit, sunblock... More info
This evening concert series features a variety of live... More info
Grab the kids, a bucket, twine, and a net! That's all you... More info
Stroll along our boardwalk, check out the beautiful sound... More info
Bring your kayak to the park and launch right from our... More info
The Town of Duck has several events and live performances... More info
Pea Island is home to more than 400 species of birds. Bird... More info
Family Canoe Tours are designed for kids and others who... More info
Learn about the sea turtles that lay their eggs at Pea... More info
Reservations are a must and should be made at least one... More info
Rent one of our kayaks and create your own nature tour... More info
Pedal around the harbor for a beautiful view of the... More info
Play in the wind and explore Hatteras Island and the... More info
We offer Tours and Self-Guided Paddle Adventures Relax and... More info
Play in the wind and explore Hatteras Island and the... More info
Imagine yourself Jet Skiing across the warm, shallow waters... More info
One of the fastest growing activities/sports! SUP is fun,... More info