If you are looking for a less crowded vacation spot in the spring but also plenty of things to do, the Outer Banks is the perfect destination. Surf fishing, pier fishing, inshore fishing and offshore fishing are great ways to spend your time in the Outer Banks in the spring. It is also a great time to participate in water sports, although you may want to wear a wetsuit due to the cold temperatures of the water. This is a great time to enjoy the local attractions and restaurants without the traffic and wait times. Although some businesses are still closed for the season in early spring there is still plenty of shopping, restaurants and other attractions to keep you busy.
What’s the weather like? Average temperatures in March are High: 60° and Low: 43° / Average temperatures in April are High: 69° and Low: 51° / Average temperatures in May are High: 76° and Low: 60°
Pack your bags: The spring low temperatures are comfortable but when the breeze is coming off the water it can feel a bit cooler. Be sure to bring some long pants and long sleeve shirts, a sweater or light jacket, good walking shoes, a camera and always sunglasses.
Things to Do in the Outer Banks in Spring
1. Spring is an excellent time for fishing in the Outer Banks. Fortunately for all you anglers, there are many opportunities for fishing in this area. Visit Outer Banks Fishing Piers for location information and hours of operation for pier fishing in the area. Outer Banks Charter Fishing provides the area marinas where you will find many charter boats.
2. Explore the beauty of Hatteras Island on horseback! With cooler temperatures in spring, this is the perfect time for a ride on the beach and through the woods. Book your ride and find more information at Equine Adventures.
3.Visit the world’s tallest brick lighthouse, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. It is recognizable by its black and white diagonal stripes. There are a staggering 257 steps to the top but it is well worth the beautiful view.
4. See the Outer Banks from the sky! Schedule your family’s OBX airplane tour today for your spring break vacation. Choose a tour as short as 8 minutes or as long as 60 minutes. Visit Kitty Hawk Kites Aero Adventures for more information.
5. Science Fiction comes to life in the Outer Banks! Don’t miss out on this futuristic adventure with your family. Learn to fly through the air on the Jetovator or a hoverboard. Book your session today at Outer Banks Jetovator in Avon.
6. A trip to the Outer Banks would not be complete without seeing the wild mustangs. Help support the Corolla Wild Horse Fund by scheduling your family tour today. Visit Corolla Wild Horses for more information.
7. Ride the ferry to Ocracoke Island! Enjoy a relaxing 40-45 minute ride on the ferry in your car or walk around and enjoy the view. Once you get to Ocracoke Village there are many fun things to do. Participate in water sports, eat, shop, fish, and visit the Ocracoke Lighthouse. Your family will have a fun day on your spring vacation.
8. Currituck Beach Light Station was opened in 1875 and is still in use today. Its distinguishing design is unpainted red brick. Climb the 220 steps to the tower and enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of historic Corolla, Currituck Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. Inside the lighthouse are exhibits where you an learn the history.
9. Take your family and hang out at Gearworks Laser Tag and Fun Center in Nags Head. Play laser tag, air hockey, arcade games or bounce around in one of the inflatable play areas. Free high-speed internet available along with pizza, snacks and Pepsi products. Fun for the whole family!
10. No vacation is complete without some shopping. Whatever you are looking for, you are sure to find it at one of the many unique boutiques, chain stores, department stores or the Tanger Outlet Mall. Visit the Outer Banks Shopping Guide for a listing of stores in the area.
11. Experience life as it was in the 1850s on the Island Farm in Manteo. Interpreters, dressed in period costumes, perform daily duties and activities of farm life. There are many hands-on activities and demonstrations, as well. There are almost a dozen buildings, a family graveyard and farm animals on the farm site.
12. See what lies below the surface of the water off the Outer Banks. Take your family to the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island while on your spring break vacation. Sharks, stingrays, alligators and sea turtles are just a few of the many sea animals you will experience at the aquarium. Plan your visit today.
13. Wilbur & Orville Wright successfully flew their invention, the Wright Flyer in Kitty Hawk in 1903. The Wright Brothers National Memorial was built to commemorate their achievements. This national park consists of the Wright brothers’ flight line, reconstructed camp buildings, the monument, a sculpture of the flyer and a visitor’s center. Don’t miss this piece of history!
14. The Roanoke Island Festival Park is an interactive historic site that represents the first English settlement attempted in 1585. Explore the Elizabeth II ship that was used for the voyage, the settlement site, museums, performing arts and much more. This is a great way to spend a day in the Outer Banks.
15. Spring is also a great time for golf! Take advantage of discounted rates and no waiting to move on to the next hole. Read Plan Your Next Golf Outing in Coastal, NC: Public Golf Courses in Outer Banks for information on public golf courses in the area. Then book your tee times.
16.The Whalehead Club in Corolla is a 1920s former residence that has undergone much history throughout the years. It has been restored and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours are available Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
17. The Elizabethan Gardens is a living memorial and is located on the site of the original settlement of the first English colonists. This 10.5-acre public garden features over 500 different species of plants for you to enjoy throughout the seasons. An Easter Eggstravaganza is hosted at the Gardens annually.
18. Take a hike through the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, home to over 300 bird species. This is a great opportunity for exercise and photo opportunities. Check their website for guided tours and special programs.
19. Beachcombing is a free but fun and exciting activity for the whole family to enjoy! Look for intact or unique shells, sea glass or other treasures that have been washed up on the shore. Visit OuterBanks.org for information on beach accesses.
20. Playing and learning through interactive exhibits is a great way to build your child’s fine motor skills, large motor skills, social skills and more. Take your child to the Outer Banks Children at Play Museum. Check their website for hours of operation, exhibits and upcoming events.
Outer Banks Spring Festivals & Events
- Taste of the Beach
- Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
- Kelly’s Running of the Leprechauns 10K
- Wedding Showcase
- Run in the Sand 5K & Fun Run
- Hatteras Storytelling Festival
- Hang Gliding Spectacular
- EVP Outer Banks Pro Am Beach Volleyball Tour
- Mustang Spring Jam Festival
- OBX Spring Restaurant Week
- Shallowbag Shag Beach Music Festival
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