Sure, you came to the Outer Banks for the sea, sand, and sun but there are lots of activities off the beach for both the adventurous and the laid back. Take a couple of hours or the whole day and explore everything the Outer Banks has to offer. Get a bird’s eye view of the island when you go parasailing high above the sound, climb a lighthouse, go on a dolphin tour, or head off-road to find the Corolla wild horses. The Outer Banks is also rich in history and ecology. Learn more about the area at one of our museums, where you can search for the Lost Colony or discover what life was like aboard a pirate ship. Head to the aquarium where you can touch a stingray and get up close and personal with a playful otter. The Outer Banks also boasts some of the best surf and pier fishing in the world cast a line and try your luck! Whether you’re looking for a quiet stroll through a historic garden or a thrill-seeking adventure on the open seas, you’re sure to find something that suits everyone in your group.
Back Country Safari Tours
“Where the road ends…the adventure begins!” Nature guides will carry you and your family by custom, open-air Safari Cruisers, Segways, and kayaks through miles of off-road beaches, dunes and sand lanes. Come discover the Outer Banks’ unique shore life and maritime history and visit with the wild Spanish mustangs in their natural habitat.
Barrier Island Aviation
See dolphins, sea turtles, shipwrecks, the Wright Brothers Memorial, Bodie Island Lighthouse and other popular attractions from a new perspective! Soar over the Outer Banks in a 1942 biplane, Cessna 172, or Cessna 206, accommodating up to five passengers.
Corolla Adventure Golf and Bumper Cars
A blast for the entire family! Play three, 9-hole, themed golf courses featuring miniature Corolla landmarks. For terrific fun, bring your entire group for bumper car adventures, too!
Corolla Adventure Park
Climb, zip, and play at Corolla Adventure Park. Sixty obstacles and zip-lines ranging from 12-50 feet above the ground are sure to challenge thrill-seekers of all levels! The courses are designed for ages 5 and up, so bring your family and friends for the memory of a lifetime!
Corolla Outback Adventures
Corolla’s 1st guide service began leading beach tours as Bender’s Beach Service in 1962 before becoming Corolla Outback Adventures in 1993. Twenty four years later the Bender family continues tours into Corolla’s Outback where wild horses are free to roam with access to sheltered land, donated by the family, as a dedicated sanctuary.
Fly high above the iconic Currituck Beach Lighthouse and the Historic Town of Duck with Corolla and Duck Parasail the leading parasailing authorities on the Outer Banks! Visit one of two convenient locations for a bird’s eye view of the beach.
Corolla Wild Horse Fund
Learn all about the Corolla wild horses from the very people who take care of them! Create your own mustang work of art on Wednesdays at the Wild Horse Museum Store in Scarborough Faire in Duck. On Tuesdays and Thursdays you can meet a real, live (tame!) mustang at the Wild Horse Museum in Corolla in addition to other fun activities. All events are weather permitting.
Crystal Dawn Headboat Fishing Charters
The Crystal Dawn, a 65-foot headboat, offers inlet and sound fishing, sunset cruises, and purple martin excursions. The Country Girl, a 57-foot charter boat, offers offshore wreck fishing and Gulf Stream charters. Both boats have the latest electronic equipment.
Rent a 4WD vehicle to cruise the secluded beaches of Hatteras, Ocracoke, and Carova or reserve a topless Volkswagen Buggy to tour the streets in style. If you’re in need of a more modest set of wheels, Island Cruisers has you covered with a selection of 2-wheel drive vehicles and golf carts. Reservations required & vehicle delivery is available!
Kitty Hawk Kites
If you’re looking for something fun to do outdoors, Kitty Hawk Kites has your answer! Choose from kayaking, paddleboarding, surfing, jet skis, parasailing, and more at Kitty Hawk Kites locations in Duck, Corolla, Nags Head, Manteo, Rodanthe, Avon, Hatteras and Ocracoke.
The Lost Colony
After nearly 450 years, the mystery of the colonists’ disappearance remains unsolved. The Lost Colony, Paul Green’s Symphonic Outdoor Drama, is performed from May 26-August 20, 2016. Gather clues and experience epic battles, Indian dances, elegant costuming, and beautiful music. Visit thelostcolony.org for more information.
Mere Crockett Photography
Capture your OBX family vacation, wedding or reunion memories with an easy and fun beach portrait or event session. Serving Corolla to Frisco. Mere Crockett Photography’s organic style captures both traditional poses and candid fun imagery.
Oregon Inlet Fishing Center
Whether you’re seeking an off-shore fishing adventure in the Gulf Stream, a sound excursion for the whole family, or a tour aboard the Miss Oregon Inlet headboat, Oregon Inlet Fishing Center has you covered with a comprehensive fleet of experienced skippers and a full-service marina.
Outer Banks Cruises
Hop aboard the Captain Johnny for a dolphin watch* in the protected waters of the Outer Banks. They offer daily dolphin cruises, a pelican island cruise, and sunset dolphin watches. As seen on CNN travel channel. (*If no dolphins are found, paying passengers may ride again free in the same season.)
Paradise Fun Park
Outdoor fun featuring electric go-karts, two 18-hole miniature golf grass courses, and bumper cars. Enjoy an arcade and snack bar with ice cream. Located on the bypass at milepost 5.5.
Have you ever wanted to jump out of a plane? Has skydiving been on your
bucket list for years? There is no better place to experience your first skydive than the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina, where aviation was born.
Sunset Watersports offers the best location for your water activities. Enjoy getting on the water with waverunners, kayaks, pontoon boats, paddleboards, and chartered day sails. Conveniently located at the gazebo at Sunset Grille, Sunset Watersports provides plenty of water-riding equipment, so get set to get wet!
What the Shell
Make your own OBX Souvenir in Duck’s newest shop, What The Shell, which expands on the fun of their original shop in Corolla. Both children and adults alike find that their craft table has everything you need to customize a picture frame and other beach items.
Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education
Explore coastal North Carolina’s wildlife, natural history, and cultural heritage via displays, a decoy gallery, and an 8,000-gallon aquarium. The center offers educational projects and programs for the entire family. Free admission.
Wild Horse Adventure Tours
Guaranteed to find you the Corolla wild horses or your money back! If you like history, ecology, and adventure, WHAT has you covered. Voted the #1 tour company in the US by TripAdvisor. Feel the ocean breeze and taste the salty beach air as you cruise the Outer Banks beaches in their exclusive, open air, 13-passenger Hummers with a seasoned guide in search of the Colonial Spanish Mustangs! With the added capabilities of custom designed, open air Hummer H1s, venture into three previously inaccessible and distinct ecosystems teeming with wildlife of all types! Use coupon code “DCG5” for $5.00 off everyone in your party, Mondays and Tuesdays. Valid year-round. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.