Some of the best things to do while on vacation are located off the beaten path. The following list of off the beaten path things to do in the Outer Banks will offer insight on the history, character and backbone of the area. Be sure to find the time to check out some of these activities.
Off the Beaten Path Things to Do in the Outer Banks
1. North Carolina is becoming known for their breweries and brewpubs. The oldest microbrewery in North Carolina is within minutes of the Outer Banks. Weeping Radish Brewery Butchery and Pub, located in Grandy, offers tours and has a restaurant on site. Be sure to visit and check out their special brews.
2. If you are traveling to the Outer Banks via Caratoke Highway be sure to stop at Grandy Greenhouse & Farm Market. This is a great place to pick up fresh produce, bakery items, preserves and more. You can also take a break from the long drive and enjoy a frozen yogurt. Keep in mind the market does close for the winter.
3. Monster truck rallies have become a very popular event for all ages. Grave Digger debuted in the early 80s and has evolved over the years. If you are a fan then be sure to visit Digger’s Dungeon in Poplar Branch, just minutes from the Outer Banks beaches.
4. Nature lovers will want to check out the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. It was established to preserve and protect the wildlife and habitats of this unique area of the Outer Banks. It is also believed to have one of the largest concentrations of black bear found in the Southeast United States. Nature trails are available for walking, kayaking and fishing and to help you enjoy nature at its best. Be sure to visit their site for maps and more information.
5. Nellie Myrtle spent much of her time beachcombing along the ocean, the sound and Jockey’s Ridge for most of her life. As a result she amassed quite a collection of unique and interesting items. Check out her collection at the Outer Banks Beachcomber Museum in Nags Head.
6. Nags Head Woods Preserve consists of over 1,400 acres of woods, marshes and sound front. The diverse plant and animal life are protected and will remain unspoiled so that visitors can visit and explore for generations to come. Visit their site for more information including trail maps.
7. Native American culture from across the United States and Hatteras Island is represented through exhibits of artifacts and art at the Frisco Native American Museum and Natural History Center. The museum also offers nature trails that wind through the maritime forest on three acres of land. Labeled specimens and exhibits such as a round-bottom shad boat, which was built in Dare County also offer educational opportunities.
8. Although in need of some repair, Futuro House is a unique roadside attraction found along Hwy. 12 in Frisco. Visit Roadside America for photos and tips.
9. Interested in a mix of both educational and recreational activities? Check out the programs and exhibits at the Hatteras Island Ocean Center. Programs include kayaking, birding, crabbing, photography, understanding the wetlands and its wildlife and more. They welcome visitors of all ages.
10. The Outer Banks Arboretum and Teaching Garden is open year round during daylight hours. Relax and enjoy a self-guided tour along the pathway through this beautiful garden. As you stroll along be sure to take time to enjoy the gathering area and the butterfly, aquatic and dune gardens.