We have compiled a list of 35 things to do on the Outer Banks in summer for your convenience. This, of course, is not a complete list at all. Some of the activities or attractions are not as well known as others so if you have been visiting for many years you may find something new to do. We hope that this will help you to plan your next vacation on the Outer Banks.
What’s the weather like? Average temperatures in June are High: 83° and Low: 68° / Average temperatures in July are High: 86° and Low:72° / Average temperatures in August are High: 85° and Low: 72°
Pack your bags: The summer low temperatures are very comfortable and the highs are perfect beach weather. Be ready to get wet and stay cool by bringing bathing suits, flip flops, beach towels, shorts, tank tops, sunscreen, sunglasses.
35 Things to Do on the Outer Banks in Summer
1. Grave Digger is the ultimate Monster Truck. If you are in the Outer Banks then you are right close to where it all began. Head north on Hwy. 158 to Poplar Branch and look for the home of Grave Digger. Digger’s Dungeon sells merchandise and you can find out about the history and future of Grave Digger. Take a ride around the track on a monster truck for a nominal fee. Also, you can have lunch at Digger’s Diner.
2. The Promenade in Kitty Hawk not only has a mini golf course but they also have a driving range, a parasail boat, jet skis, pontoon boats, sailboats, kayaks, fishing boats and more.
3. Lost Treasure Golf in Kill Devil Hills has a buried treasure pirate theme. You will be taken to the first two holes on a mining train where you will be assigned to one of two courses.
4. Mutiny Bay Adventure Golf in Nags Head has a pirate theme. Visit the gift shop for souvenirs and toys, arcade & video games, and ice cream & sodas.
5. Corolla Adventure Golf and Bumper Cars is a Corolla themed course. It features 27 courses such as Wild Horse Course, Fisherman’s Course, and Whalehead Course plus more. Make sure you check out the bumper cars as well.
6. Instead of attending the fair once a year you can go every day. Fair at the Beach features popular rides, carnival games and carnival food. It is located at Full Throttle Speedway where you can ride the go-karts.
7. First Flight Adventure Park features 48 different obstacle courses that will test your mental & physical limits. The park is designed for ages 6 and up and varying ability levels. Perfect for the thrill seekers in your family.
8. Pirate Adventures of the Outer Banks is the pirate adventure of your child’s dreams. A battle at sea and looking for sunken treasure all happening on a pirate ship. An experience your child will treasure.
9. A trip to the Outer Banks would not be complete without seeing the wild mustangs. When you schedule your tour through the Corolla Wild Horse Fund the proceeds go directly to the support of the wild horses. Tours leave from the Wild Horse Museum in historic downtown Corolla so check it out while you are there.
10. See what lies below the surface of the water off the Outer Banks. Be sure to put the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island in Manteo on your family’s to do list. 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.
11. Roanoke Island Festival Park is a 25-acre interactive, hands-on historic site that features the Elizabeth II ship, and American Indian town, a settlement site and a museum. Be sure to check their website for any scheduled performances or concerts.
12. Need a break from the beach? Corolla Raceway features go-karts, bumper cars, and arcade games. Come and enjoy an action packed day of fun!
13. The Outer Banks Daredevils are a collegiate summer baseball team. Show your support for America’s favorite pastime and the players by attending a game during the summer.
14. Oregon Inlet Fishing Center is a full service marina with over 40 different fishing boats. If you aren’t sure what you are looking for let the Center choose the right boat for your fishing needs.
15. See the beauty of the Outer Banks while on the back of a horse. Equine Adventures offers horseback tours with trails on the beach and through the woods. Make your reservation today.
16. If you haven’t experienced fishing from a pier, now is the time to try it. Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head is open year round with varying hours depending on the season. Enjoy a family friendly atmosphere and happy angling.
17. The Lost Colony is a musical production based on the disappearance of a group of colonists who had come to colonize Roanoke Island. Among those who disappeared was Virginia Dare, the first English child born on American soil. Get your tickets today!
18. The Comedy Club has two locations in the Outer Banks. You can catch a show at The Ramada Plaza Hotel in Kill Devil Hills or at The Currituck Club in Corolla. Check their website for specifics on events and performers. Get your laugh on!
19. First Friday is held the first Friday of each month, April through December from 6-8 p.m. in historic downtown Manteo. It features live music, artisans, period-dressed actors, a rock climbing wall and much more.
20. Island Farm is a living history site that depicts life on the Etheridge homestead in the mid-1800s. The farm features dozens of reconstructed buildings from the era, animals, the family cemetery and much more. A unique, interesting way to learn history!
21. The Elizabethan Gardens was created as a memorial to the lost colonists of Roanoke Island. The Gardens were opened on August 18, 1960 on the 373rd anniversary of the birth of Virginia Dare, the first English child born on American soil. Not only will you see beautiful flowers but beautiful statuary, as well.
22. The Whalehead Club in Corolla was built as a personal winter residence. It is a five story, 21,000 sq. ft. house with outstanding architecture. There are varying tours at different prices that encompass history, architecture, construction, heritage, legend and more depending on your interests.
23. Sea Scape Golf Links in Kitty Hawk is a public golf course open year round. It features a Pro Shop for your golf needs and the Sea Scape Bar & Grill serving breakfast and lunch. Schedule your tee times today!
24. Currituck Beach Lighthouse in Corolla is the last lighthouse that was built on the Outer Banks. There are 220 steps to the top where you can experience panoramic views of the sound and the ocean. Well worth the trek up the stairs.
25. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest brick lighthouse in the United States. Visitors will climb 257 steps to a stunning panoramic view from the tower. Expect a workout and sore legs afterward but well worth the trip.
26. The Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge features more than 365 species of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. A great place to observe and photograph wildlife in its natural habitat. Stop at the visitor center before heading out to the trails. Be sure to visit the website for some important tips before heading out.
27.Check out the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills dedicated to the success of Wilbur & Orville Wright. Their courage and perseverance resulted in the birth of flight. A must see!
28. 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.
29. Outer Banks Restaurant Tours offers either walking or driving tours. You will visit five or six restaurants where you will get a presentation, a sampling of a signature dish and a beer or wine tasting. Visit their website for specifics and to check on their newest additions of Beer Tour, Winery Tour, in-home chef services, cooking classes and Secrets of BBQ Master.
30. Don’t miss your chance to see those lovable dolphins! Make your reservation on The Kokomo with Outer Banks Dolphin Cruises in Wanchese. You are guaranteed to see dolphins or you can ride again for free.
31. Take your child to the Children at Play Museum in Kitty Hawk. This museum features a variety of exhibits that encourage creative, imaginative play. Exhibits include the OBX Teddy Bear Hospital, First in Flight!, and The Lighthouse Exhibit plus more.
32. Check out Where to Skate on the Outer Banks for information on the skateparks available in the area. Some of these are free and some charge a fee.
33. Is your teen looking for a safe place to hang out with other teens? The Pit Surf Shop hosts 3 teen nights that include a DJ for dancing and listening to music, a pool table, foosball table, video games and boardsports action on televisions. For ages 13–21.
34. Need a break from the hustle and bustle? Take your family to a local park where you can have a picnic and the kids can play. Sandy Run Park, Meekins Athletic Field and Playground, and Nags Head Town Park are within the Central Outer Banks area for your enjoyment.
35. To finalize my list of things to do on the Outer Banks in summer I would like to suggest going to the beach. Activities that your child might enjoy on the beach include building a sandcastle, digging for sand crabs, looking for shells, flying a kite, body or boogie boarding, skim boarding and swimming. Check out information about beach accesses at Outer Banks.org.
Outer Banks Summer Festivals & Events
- Storm the Beach
- VENYU Triple-S Kiteboarding Invitational
- OBX Brewfest
- Rogallo Kite Festival
- The Lost Colony
- Summer Bridal Mixers
- Finatic Kayak Fishing Tournament
- Outer Banks 4th of July Fireworks
- Wright Kite Festival
- OBX Running Club’s Killer Dunes 2-Miler & Fun Run
- Annual Roll and Stroll
- The Lost Colony
- Outer Banks Pirate Festival
- Youth Fishing Tournament
- WRV Outer Banks Pro
- Outer Banks Watermelon Festival
- Rogallo Kite Festival
- Brew & Arts
- BIC SUP One Design Series
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