There’s a lot more to the Outer Banks than just our beautiful beaches. Whether you are looking for an adrenaline rush, want to soak in our rich and fascinating history, or explore the area’s wild side, the possibilities are endless when it comes to experiencing these barrier islands.
Take a whole day — or just a few hours — to enjoy the other side of the Outer Banks. Climb a lighthouse, take in the view from above or head out on a dolphin tour or charter fishing boat. Visit The Lost Colony or become immersed in the underwater world at the N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island, where your five senses will be evoked as you touch a stingray, learn about sea turtles, and become mesmerized by floating jellyfish and graceful sharks.
Whether you’re looking for a quiet stroll through a historic garden or a thrill-seeking adventure on the open seas, rest assured you will find it on the Outer Banks.
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.
Corolla / Duck Parasail
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.
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!
North Beach Watersports
Come fly with us at North Beach Watersports! Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the beautiful northern Outer Banks as you take a 1,200-foot flight above the Currituck Sound while parasailing past the Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Whalehead Club. Single, double and triple flights are available.
Outer Banks Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
Take charge of your own adventure and rent a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4X4, 4-Door Soft or Hard Top and explore the wild side of the Outer Banks as you cruise along beautiful beaches of Carova, Hatteras and Ocracoke Island. All you need to bring with you is a sense of adventure. Call or come visit us today for more details.
Town of Duck
In 2017, the Town of Duck celebrates the 15th Anniversary as an incorporated town. Connect with nature by strolling along the Boardwalk, walking the village area, and enjoying free live events at the Town Park year around. A thriving sound to sea community, Duck offers shopping, recreation, and dining unique to the Outer Banks.
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 Outback Adventure
Corolla’s first 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 roam free with access to sheltered land, donated by the family, as a dedicated sanctuary. Corolla Outback Adventures also provides special off road transportation for events & service providers in the 4WD area.
Just for the Beach
Come out every Tuesday morning and join the fun! Our free group bike ride totals about 25 miles, with only two of those miles on N.C. 12. Led by the avid riders of the Just For the Beach crew, this scenic ride takes you on a locals’ tour of the Outer Banks. Groups may be divided depending on proficiency and distances are adjusted so all riders start and finish at the same time. There is no charge for the ride, just bring your bike or rent one of ours.
Ocean Atlantic Rentals
Just rent it! With Ocean Atlantic Rentals. Rent bikes, golf carts, beach umbrellas, paddleboards, and 80 other quality items! Choose delivery service, or visit stores in Duck and Corolla Light.
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).
Corolla Adventure Golf & 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 Wild Horse Fund
The Corolla Wild Horse Fund is the only not-for-profit private organization in the country that manages a herd of wild horses. Its mission is to protect and conserve the Colonial Spanish Mustangs that have roamed the northernmost beaches of the Outer Banks for the past 500 years. The Corolla Wild Horse Fund museum is open year round, offering trips to see the wild horses, a gift shop, and educational and fun events throughout the seasons.
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, vineyard voyage, mermaid school, and more at Kitty Hawk Kites locations in Corolla, Duck, Nags Head, Manteo, Rodanthe, Avon, Hatteras, and Ocracoke.
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 abroad the Miss Oregon Inlet headboat, Oregon Inlet Fishing Center has you covered with a comprehensive fleet of experienced skippers and a full-service marina.
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 in Kitty Hawk.
Wild Horse Adventure Tours
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 added capabilities of custom designed, open air Hummer H1s, venture into three previously inaccessible and distinct ecosystems teeming with wildlife of all types!
Corolla Adventure Park
Climb, zip and play at Corolla Adventure Park. Sixty obstacles and zip lines ranging from 12 to 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!
Crystal Dawn Headboat
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.
The Lost Colony
After nearly 450 years, the mystery of the colonists’ disappearance remains unsolved. Celebrating its 80th year, The Lost Colony, Paul Green’s Symphonic Outdoor Drama, is performed from May 21-August 19, 2017. Gather clues and experience epic battles, Indian dances, elegant costuming, and beautiful music. Visit thelostcolony.org for more information.
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 education projects and programs for the entire family. Free admission.
Sunset Watersports is the perfect spot for all your watersport adventures. From wave runners and kayaks to pontoon boats, paddleboards and sunset cruises, you’ll find it all right here. Conveniently located at the Sunset Grille gazebo, Sunset Watersports provides all the water-riding equipment you’ll need for your next water adventure. Get ready, get set and go get wet.