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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.

Manteo
First Friday is a fun-filled, family-oriented street festival held the first Friday of... More info
Duck
Sunset Watersports offers the best in Parasailing with outstanding captains and crews to... More info
Duck
Pontoon Boat Rentals - You Drive Sunset Watersports offers brand new 2008 Bentley Pontoon... More info
Duck
Sunset Watersports presents all brand new Yamaha VX110 4-stroke Waverunners in 2008. Our... More info
Manteo
Breathe deep. Stretch up high. Now bend, then offer your heart. It's yoga class! Each... More info
Ocracoke
Trip options: Half-day, 3/4 day or full day. Enjoy trolling for Blues and Spanish... More info
Manteo
Our Gulf Stream Charters are a 36 mile trip that expand from Hatteras to the Triple O’s.... More info
Ocracoke
Rent a cart for 3 hours and see all the Historic Landmarks on Ocracoke Island with a self... More info
Ocracoke
Want to take a quick little jaunt around the Island. Easiest way to do it is by Golf Cart... More info
Ocracoke
Get up...come get your cart... ride to breakfast... and enjoy the rest of the day... More info
Ocracoke
Coming to Ocracoke for the week? No better way than to come and park your car, and hop on... More info
Roanoke Island
Pea Island is for the birds -- literally! Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is home to... More info
Roanoke Island
Explore the region's 11 National Wildlife Refuges and one National Fish Hatchery with... More info
Manteo
Tickets Sold in Advance • Daily Trips Except Sunday   In-Season: June, July & August... More info
Manteo
Departs: 6:30pm - Returns: 8:00pm May, September and October: 6:00pm-7:30pm Includes... More info
Manteo
Bottom fishing on the Country Girl generally offers a chance to catch more fish than... More info
Manteo
Gulf Stream Charters take you about 40 miles out into the ocean to experience blue water... More info
Manteo
The Crystal Dawn is also available for weddings, rehearsal dinners, bachelor/bachelorette... More info
Manteo
Join us aboard the Crystal Dawn for a fun tour of Roanoke Island. Includes commentary on... More info
Corolla
Involve yourself in hands on fishing! The Outer Banks has many captains skilled at... More info
Corolla
Our inshore charters can carry a maximum of 6 people. If you don't have 6 in your party,... More info
Corolla
At Corolla Bait and Tackle, we pride ourselves in offering new and innovative trips for... More info
Corolla
Peaceful, Serene, Tranquil. These words adequately describe the Currituck Sound, but... More info
Ocracoke
Reservations are a must and should be made at least one week in advance depending on the... More info