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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.

Nags Head
For the older children and adults, we also have a dive pool that features a diving board... More info
Nags Head
Our lower pool is designed with a zero entry that makes it great for younger children to... More info
Nags Head
2 dedicated 25 yard lap lanes and a water slide.
Kitty Hawk, Duck, & Corolla
Enjoy a drive around the north end of Corolla for a unique culinary experience. We'll... More info
Kitty Hawk, Duck, & Corolla
What could be better than spending an afternoon walking in the quaint village of Duck and... More info
Kitty Hawk, Duck, & Corolla
You'll want to heed the advice of others who have taken our Kitty Hawk/KDH Tour:  COME... More info
Kitty Hawk, Duck, & Corolla
Join us for a fun and informative demonstration of barbecue techniques led by Award-... More info
Kitty Hawk, Duck, & Corolla
Do you think sweet wines when you think of wine grown in North Carolina? Maybe you don't... More info
Kitty Hawk, Duck, & Corolla
Okay all you beer connoisseurs and home brewers… this one’s for you! Join us for a fun... More info
Hatteras
Pea Island is home to more than 400 species of birds. Bird walks are a great way to see... More info
Hatteras
Family Canoe Tours are designed for kids and others who want to explore the marshes,... More info
Hatteras
Learn about the sea turtles that lay their eggs at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.... 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
Corolla
CHARTER MEMBERSHIP - Private Trip for up to 4 People. Tour includes a Charter Membership... More info
Corolla
Mustang Defender private trip for up to 2 people.  Tour includes a Mustang Defender... More info
Corolla
Book a trip to see the wild horses with the only nonprofit charity that cares for them.... More info
Corolla
Locate and observe the wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs and learn from the experts who are... More info
Manteo
February through April in the early spring we have a great run on the Gaint Bluefin Tuna... More info
Manteo
July thru Sept. The Marlins show up in big numbers this time of year (Blue,White Marlin... More info
Manteo
April through June is a great time to catch Yellowfin Tuna and Big Dolphin (Mahi). Also... More info