Local Area Attractions
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
This is the first national seashore in the country and includes a combination of natural and historic attractions, such as lighthouses and lifesaving stations. Picnic, camping, and interpretive programs are offered seasonally at various locations.
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Established 70 years ago as a conservatory, the 6,000 acre reserve is home to more than 365 species of birds plus the endangered loggerhead sea turtles. Bring your camera; Pea Island is a shutterbug's and birdwatcher's paradise. Observation platforms are near the parking areas. Make sure you stop by the turtle pond.
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Visit the monument celebrating where man first took flight located near Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills. Containing a recently refurbished replica of the original Wright Flyer as well as other memorabilia of the First Flight, the Wright Brothers National Memorial and Visitor Center commemorates one of America's historic moments. A nearby sand dune supports the Memorial Pylon. On the extensive grounds around the visitor center/museum there are historical markers and a reconstructed hanger and shop as well as lectures and exhibits. A great way to spend the day!
Atlantic and Soundside Beaches
Just steps away from your campsite are the breathtaking beaches of the Outer Banks.
Ocracoke Island and Lighthouse
Ocracoke Island is a 14-mile picturesque fishing village. Once home to Blackbeard the pirate, who was slain here in 1718. British Cemetery, which features graves of four Royal Navy sailers, who were killed in 1942. Ocracoke Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse still operating in North Carolina, built in 1823. The National Park Service operates a visitor center May through September.
Roanoke Island and the Historical Elizabethan Ship
Roanoke Island is where the English first settled in America. This 12-mile long island is also where you’ll discover the quaint fishing village of Wanchese, home of the Wanchese Seafood Industrial Park. Elizabeth II State Historic site hosts a 69-foot, square-rigged sailing representative of those used to transport England’s first colonists to the New World in 1585. Berthed in Manteo’s quaint waterfront. Guided tours and a video program, "A Roanoke Voyage" are available. During the summer season, living history interpreters portray mariners.
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest brick lighthouse on the American coast at 208 feet high. The beam from the Lighthouse can be seen up to 20 miles out to sea. Former keeper’s quarters serve as a visitors center, and from April to mid-October, visitors are welcome to climb the 268 steps to the top for a spectacular view of the national seashore.
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Situated within the Jockey's Ridge State Park is the world's largest sand dune (140'). You can spend hours exploring the exhibit buildings and nature trails. Perfect for hang gliding, kite flying and picnics!
The Bodie Lighthouse, on The Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
A picture is worth a thousand words!
The Lost Colony
Experience the wonder of the New World as it is reenacted before your eyes in the nation's longest running outdoor drama. It's the story of 117 men, women and children settling the first colony on this country's shores. What happened next has become one of the oldest mysteries in America. With hard times ahead, the settlers sent one man back to England for supplies. He was unable to return for three years and when he did, they all had vanished. Written by Pulitzer Prizewinner Paul Green and performed under the stars at the beautiful Waterside Theatre, the show has thrilled over three million visitors since its debut in 1937. With its unique blend of drama, stirring music, energetic dance and dazzling costumes, The Lost Colony is the perfect vacation entertainment for your entire family.
Shipwrecks - The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
The waters of Hatteras are thought to hold one of the highest densities of shipwrecked vessels in the world. Thousands of ships and countless mariners all lost the same battle in the shores of the Outer Banks: the battle against piracy, war and the sea itself. This innovative museum is more than a collection of sunken ships and wayward dreams. http://www.graveyardoftheatlantic.com/
Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station
Chicamacomico Life Saving Station Historic Site & Museum is the only museum of its kind existing in North Carolina. It stands as a place to revisit the wrecks, rescues, and daily events that the men of the US. Life-Saving Service experienced on the Outer Banks. The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station is located in the village of Rodanthe.
REAL Watersports, Inc.
REAL Kiteboarding is North America's only 100% dedicated kiteboarding center. REAL is located in Waves, North Carolina. The Cape Hatteras National Seashore is internationally recognized as the best place to kiteboard in the world. There are two full-service kite centers in Cape Hatteras. Both of these centers are stocked with premium quality gear, the latest teaching techniques, and up to 18 professional REAL coaches. For learning to ride or for an unbelievable kite excursion, these locations cannot be beat. Phone 252-987-6000 for more information.
Lost Colony Outdoor Drama (evenings)
Pulitzer-prize winner Paul Green’s symphonic outdoor drama that tells the story of the first English attempt at settlement with spectacular pageantry. With its unique blend of drama, stirring music, energetic dance and dazzling costumes, The Lost Colony is the perfect vacation entertainment for your entire family.
North Carolina Aquariums
Located on Roanoke Island, at Pine Knoll Shores and Fort Fisher, the Aquariums were established in 1976 to promote an awareness, understanding, appreciation, and conservation of the diverse natural and cultural resources associated with North Carolina's ocean, estuaries, rivers, streams, and other aquatic environments.
North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
Sharks and loggerhead turtles are among the living marine creatures on exhibit at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island . Touch starfish and sea urchins. This marine education and research facility includes an aquaria, exhibits, field trips, guided tours and other group activities by appointment. Open year round.
The Garden Club of North Carolina has created a beautiful 16th century style as a memorial to the ill-fated lost colonists. Flower-bordered walkways, sweet-scented blossoms, ancient garden statuary, 16th century herbs, wildflowers area, English portraits and gazebo highlight the Elizabethan Gardens .