The Ultimate Guide to the Outer Banks
The Outer Banks is one of America’s most iconic beach destinations and figuring out how to spend your time there can be a little overwhelming. Don’t worry, we’ve mapped out some of our favorite spots so you have a guide to exploring this amazing region.
Here’s everything you need to know!
Eat and Drink
If you drive up and down Highway 12 on the Outer Banks you quickly realize there’s no shortage of places to grab a bite to eat or a drink. Here are a few of our favorites.
Roosters Southern Kitchen
Enjoy southern classics with a twist at this chic restaurant. You’ll find new takes on favorites like pimento cheese, barbecue, shrimp ‘N grits and chicken and waffles.
Kill Devil Grill
Stop in after a day on the beach for a salad, sandwich or hearty entrée.
Miller’s Waterfront Restaurant
If you’re looking for a beautiful view and great food look no further. They’re serving up fresh seafood and delicious cocktails on the Pamlico Sound.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a freshly made, totally customizable cake donut from one of the locations of this local legend.
Outer Banks Brewing Station
Stop by for a bit to eat or grab a pint of their handcrafted beer.
Buy beer without even getting out of the car. Your first trip to Brew Thru is a right of passage on the Outer Banks.
Things to do
It’s not hard to stay busy during a trip to the Outer Banks. Whether you want to immerse yourself in nature, spend a day on the beach or have a fun day with the kids you’ll find what you’re looking for.
Explore this 1920s era art nouveau mansion on the shores of the Currituck Sound.
Wright Brothers National Memorial
See the place where man first achieved flight! You can learn some cool history and get a beautiful view from the top of the monument site.
North Carolina Aquarium
Explore this immersive museum and see everything from river otters to alligators and sharks. Don’t miss the sea turtle rescue exhibit!
Currituck Beach Lighthouse
Climb the 220 steps of this brick lighthouse and enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding area.
Kitty Hawk Kites
This is your one-stop-shop
for outdoor adventure. Whether you want to go parasailing, take a dolphin tour or explore on a kayak they have an adventure for you.
Outer Banks Biplane and Cessna Tours
Soar high above the Outer Banks in a Cessna and see the Wright Brothers Memorial, shipwrecks and Manteo from the air or take a quick flight in a biplane!
Outer Banks Ghost Tours
Learn about the spooky side of the Outer Banks with one of these fun tours.
Outlets Nags Head
Get great prices on your favorite brands!
The Cotton Gin
Shop top brands and find one of a kind gifts to take home with you.
Scarborough Lane Shops
Wander through this collection of boutique shops and restaurants in Duck.
Splash and slide the day away at this sprawling waterpark.
Lost Treasure Golf
Choose from two 18-hole courses at this epic mini-golf complex.
Jockey’s Ridge State Park
Explore the tallest sand dunes on the Atlantic Coast and get your adrenaline pumping with a hang gliding lesson at this beautiful state park.
Nags Head Woods Preserve
Hike among beautiful dunes, explore a boardwalk through peaceful woods or watch a sunset over the Roanoke Sound.
Watch the majestic wild ponies of Corrola in their natural habitat.