Outer Banks, NC

Outer Banks, NC

Things to do - general

The Outer Banks in North Carolina is a series of barrier islands that are connected by bridges and ferries. Duck, Corolla and Carova are located in the quieter northern section of the island. Attractions in this area include beaches (both sound side and ocean side), fishing, water sports, Currituck Lighthouse, the Corolla wild horses, shopping, dining, festivals, events and much more. Also part of the northern section of the islands is Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head, all within minutes of each other and offering a wide variety of shopping, dining and attractions. You will find many public beach accesses, water sports, fishing piers, mini golf, The Wright Brothers Memorial, Jockey’s Ridge State Park, festivals, events and much more.

This area of the Outer Banks is home to five resorts managed by SPM Resorts. Barrier Island Station – Duck and Ocean Pines are located in Duck, Sea Scape Beach & Golf Villas is in Kitty Hawk, and Outer Banks Beach Clubs I & II are in Kill Devil Hills. Each resort has its own distinct personality and offers a variety of accommodations and amenities for your enjoyment. All are within an easy drive of year-round entertainment and attractions.

To the south, accessible by bridges with beautiful views, are Roanoke Island and Hatteras Island. Roanoke Island is surrounded by the sound and offers attractions that include Roanoke Island Festival Park, Elizabethan Gardens, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, the North Carolina Aquarium and much more. Hatteras Island offers miles of beaches, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Rodanthe Pier, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, water sports, historic sites and much more. Then farthest south is Ocracoke Island, accessible by ferry. Ocracoke Island offers beaches, Ocracoke Lighthouse, Springer’s Point Nature Preserve, wild mustangs, fishing, shelling, water sports, shopping, dining, festivals, events and more.

Each area of the Outer Banks has its own unique attractions but all of them offer a mix of dining, shopping, festivals, events, water sports and more.


Barrier Island Station - Duck

Barrier Island Station - Duck

1245 Duck Road, Outer Banks, NC
SPM Resorts is pleased to offer guests great vacation accommodations in North Carolina’s Outer Banks More info
Ocean Pines

Ocean Pines

1445 Duck Road, Outer Banks, NC
SPM Resorts is pleased to offer guests great vacation accommodations in North Carolina’s Outer Banks More info
Outer Banks Beach Club I & II

Outer Banks Beach Club I & II

Physical Location: 1110 South Virginia Dare Trail (9 mile post) Kill Devil Hills, NC  27948 Mailing Address:  PO. BOX 1190 Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948, Outer Banks, NC
A unique retreat lies in store for you at the Outer Banks Beach Clubs, located right on North Caroli More info
Sea Scape Beach & Golf Villas

Sea Scape Beach & Golf Villas

4724 N. Croatan Highway, Outer Banks, NC
Sea Scape Beach and Golf Villas is located in Kitty Hawk on the North Carolina Outer Banks coast. Ki More info



There are plenty of travel guides about the Outer Banks. We've compiled something a little bit different. Click on the links below to discover some off the beaten path things to do, great places to take photos and much more.

What would you like to do on vacation?

Hidden GemExplore the Area's Hidden Gems

Looking for some lesser-known and/or out-of-the-way spots to enjoy your Outer Banks vacation? Read our list of Off the Beaten Path Things to Do in the Outer Banks.

Play GolfPlay Lots of Golf

If your ideal vacation involves teeing off, you're in luck. The Outer Banks has some great championship courses that are open year-round and to the public. Read Public Golf Courses in Outer Banks.

Capture PhotosCapture Gorgeous Travel Photos

If you want to take your camera out to capture some gorgeous shots, we recommend these Places to Capture the Best Photos in the Outer Banks.

Go ShoppingGo Shopping

The Outer Banks is not the shopping mecca of the world but there is a great mix of unique boutiques and chain stores to satisfy the shoppers in your family. Read Your Guide to Outer Banks Shopping.

It's RainingIt's Raining! What should we do?

When your outdoor plans get cancelled by rain, the Outer Banks has plenty of indoor activities to keep you and your family busy. Read Rainy Day Activities in the Outer Banks.



From Duck to Nags Head, you will find an impressive array of locally-owned restaurants serving fresh seafood, key lime pie and offering local brews. Enjoy beautiful views of the ocean of sound while dining at many of these restaurants.

Read 25 Popular Authentic Outer Banks Restaurants to Try »


Surf the waves, schedule a tee time, catch a fish or see the beach from horseback. These are just a few of the many things you can do while vacationing in the Outer Banks in spring.

Read: 20 Things to Do in the Outer Banks in Spring


The beach is the most popular attraction in summer at the Outer Banks. But don't miss some of the other fun things to do while on vacation.

Read: 35 Things to Do on the Outer Banks in Summer



Fall is a peaceful time in the Outer Banks. It is a great time to play golf, go fishing and tour the lighthouses throughout the Outer Banks.

Read: Things to Do in the Outer Banks in the Fall


Winter in the Outer Banks is a great time to just relax and take some time for yourself. Enjoy the holiday lights, do some shopping and get a massage.

Read: Things to Do in the Outer Banks in Winter


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