• Al Friedman

Al Chef's Ten Things To Do In The Outer Banks

Updated: Jun 25, 2018

If you're visiting the Outer Banks for the first time, or you're a repeat guest, here are some activities that you may want to consider during your visit. Some, you may not know about.



  • Lighthouse Tours- From Corolla through Ocracoke, there are several to visit. The two that allow you to walk to the top are the Currituck Beach Lighthouse in Corolla, and the Hatteras Lighthouse on Hatteras Island. But don't skip the other ones.


  • Dolphin Boat Tours- Several locations have excursions to catch a glimpse of the dolphins swimming off-shore. The town of Manteo is one of these locations.





  • Nags Head Preserve- Hike the many trails through the beautiful woods and observe Mother Nature at its finest.





  • Jockeys Ridge State Park- Hike the dunes, especially at sunset... Spectacular! Try your hand at hang gliding. Or just fly a kite. Don't forget to walk down to the sound, and check out the exhibits building.




  • Ocracoke Island- Enjoy a relaxing day on the ferry over and back. View the wild horses, and enjoy the quiet ambiance on the island.



  • Elizabethan Gardens- Ten acres of splendid beauty on Roanoke Island.






  • Carova-4 Wheel Drive- Use your own 4-Wheel Drive vehicle, or take the jeep tour. Lots of wild horses roaming the beach for a view that cannot be topped.


  • National Aquarium- Recently renovated in 2017, offering something for the whole family. Located in Roanoke Island.



  • Duck Boardwalk- A one mile long sound side boardwalk in the town of Duck, highlighting local shops, restaurants, and stunning nature.




  • Soundside Fishing and Crabbing- On the Nags Head/Manteo causeway. Throw your line in at the park, with a pier and gazebo. Or fish off the bridge that spans the sound.






Look for more fun activities in upcoming posts on my blog.


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