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Things to do in OBX


Click on any image below for ideas and activities throughout the Outer Banks

Looking for something to do in the Outer Banks? Above is a list of some of our favorites to activities you can enjoy.

Restaurants and activities

Outer Banks Wild Horse Tour by 4WD

Visit with Corolla’s wild horses or access the remote sand dunes with ease via 4-wheel drive vehicle. Want a more professional experience, benefit from a professional guide to optimize your chances of seeing foals, stallions, and more freely roaming in the wild.



Travel down to Hatteras Island, which is known for calm waters in the sound and any type of watersport you can imagine. Whether you're looking at kayaking, taking a ride on a jet ski, or wind surfing, this island has something for every water lover.

NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island

The North Carolina Aquariums is a system of three public aquariums located in Kure Beach, Roanoke Island and Pine Knoll Shores. All are operated by the Aquariums Division of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources since 1976 and are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Read our blog about Roanoke Island: Click Here

Wright Brothers Monument

The Wright Brothers Memorial, located in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, commemorates the first successful, sustained, powered flights in a heavier-than-air machine. This includes tours, a museum and monuments with sites to learn about the first flight. 

Mini Golf and Arcades

You have a choice of several great locations to enjoy playing mini-golf, arcades, or go-carts. Paradise Fun Park is a few miles down the road and hosts all three. A local favorite is Professor Hackers Lost Treasure Golf a bit further down.

The Lost Colony and Elizabethan Gardens (Seasonal)

If you are looking to take in some history with a fun outdoor experience, visit Fort Raleigh and the Lost Colony of Roanoke. Learn about the first settlers and stop by the Elizabethan Gardens to see the local beauty. 

Live Music with a Fun Atmosphere 

Outer Banks Brewing Station, Tap Shack, Turner’s High Moon Bar, Waterman’s Bar and Grill, Bluegrass Island Trading Company, and The Secret Island "Formerly known as Port O’Call" 

Music with a Classy Upscale Feel

Aqua Restaurant, Ocean Boulevard Bistro and Martini Bar, The Blue Point, and Mike Dianna’s Grill Room

Local Dive Bars

Art's Place, Captain Andy’s Oceanfront Tiki Bar & Grill

Drinks only, Tours, and Distilleries 

Outer Banks Distillery, Weeping Radish, Outer Banks Brewing Station, Northern Outer Banks Brewing Company, Swells'a Brewing Beer Company, Lost Colony Brewery, Off The Wall Tap House, 1718 Brewing, Sanctuary Vineyards, Vineyards on the Scuppernong


Casual and Fun 

Mulligan's Grille, Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint, Hurricane Mo’s Beachside Bar And Grill, Longboards Island Grill, ​The Bonzer Shack, Fish Heads Bar & Grill, and Sunset Grille & Raw Bar

Outdoor Parks and Theatres and Events 

Duck Town Park, Dowdy Park (Kid Friendly with limited music seasonally), Mustang Music Festival, Outer Banks Festivals and Roanoke Island Festival Park


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