Autumn is a peaceful season in the Outer Banks, as the beaches start clearing out. However, there are still plenty of things to do in the Outer Banks in the fall. Fall is a great time for golfing, fishing and having holiday getaways. Don’t miss out on the special events, festivals, and seasonal activities happening in the Outer Banks, as well. Let this be your guide for fun things to do in the Outer Banks in the fall!
What’s the weather like? Average temperatures in September are High: 81° and Low: 67° / Average temperatures in October are High: 71° and Low: 57° / Average temperatures in November are High: 63° and Low: 48°
Pack your bags: Fall temperatures are high enough for you to comfortably enjoy outdoor activities such as walking on the beach, golfing, fishing and more. Be sure to bring comfortable clothes like capris, long shorts, both short & long sleeve shirts and some long pants. A light jacket may come in handy, as well. Bring good walking shoes, a camera and of course sunglasses.
25 Things to Do in the Outer Banks in the Fall
1. 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.
2. Play on Sundays at the Outer Banks Children at Play Museum, which provides educational and fun activities for children!
3. Experience how families mourned the loss of loved ones from the Victorian era during the Evening Lantern Tours: Draped in Black; Victorian Death Rituals at The Island Farm.
4. Get Spooky with the whole family at the Outer Banks Halloween Parade of Costumes – win prizes, and enjoy food and live music.
5. Find your perfect pumpkin at the Island Farm Pumpkin Patch.
6. 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. Be sure to visit the Ocracoke Lighthouse while touring Ocracoke Village.
7. Take a tour of North Carolina’s oldest brewery, Weeping Radish Brewery, Butchery and Pub Restaurant on Caratoke Highway in Grandy.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Fall 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.
11. 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!
12. Shiver and shudder on a Ghost Tour of the OBX – the Outer Banks’ most memorable and chilling tour!
13. Fall 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.
14. 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.
15. 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!
16. 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.
17. 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 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.
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. 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.
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras is dedicated to the preservation, advancement and presentation of maritime history and shipwrecks of the North Carolina Outer Banks. Check out their exhibits or attend one of their lectures on a variety of topics.
25. Vacationing over Thanksgiving, but don’t feel like cooking? Check out these venues for your Thanksgiving Day feast: Coastal Provisions, Pamlico Jack’s , Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant & Tavern, Lifesaving Station Restaurant, and Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe. Don’t forget to call and make reservations!
Outer Banks Fall Festivals & Events
- OBX Arts & Craft Festival
- Towne Bank/Southern Insurance Agency Charity Classic Tennis Tournament
- Outer Banks Triathlon
- Bluegrass Island Festival
- Day at the Docks
- Surfalorus Film Festival
- ESA Easterns Surfing Championships
- Outer Banks Jeep Mutiny
- Kitty Hawk Surf Co. Kayak Fishing Tournament
- Duck Jazz Festival
- Outer Banks Seafood Festival
- PsychoPath, The Terror Within
- Outer Banks Brewtag
- Mustang Music Festival
- Manns Harbor Holiday Craft Show
- OBX Shrimp Cookoff
- Hangin’ With Santa
- Townebank Outer Banks Marathon & Southern Fried Half Marathon
- Outer Banks Running Club OBX Gobbler 5K & Fun Run
- OBX Go Far Turkey Trot & Children’s Fun Run