Activities on the Outer Banks

 

oceanCorolla offers wide, soft sand beaches and a vast array of shops, restaurants, recreational activities and historic area attractions. Corolla has several unique historical attractions. The Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Whalehead in Historic Corolla Village are open for tours. Historic Corolla Village’s turn-of-the-century restored picturesque shops, schoolhouse and chapel also open their doors to visitors. Recreational activities include a golf course, movie theatre, miniature golf and go karts. Fireworks and beach fires of any nature whatsoever are strictly prohibited on the Outer Banks.

Lifeguards are on duty, and roving lifeguards (three EMT-manned Quick Response Vehicles and nine ATVs) are on patrol, from 9:30 am until 5:30 pm. Stands for Villages at Ocean Hill are by the oceanfront pool. If you get stuck in a rip current, most importantly, stay calm. Panic is often more dangerous than the rip current itself. Swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current, then swim towards the beach.

Outer Banks Weather: http://www.outerbanks.org/outerbanks-weather/

Below are some helpful links for activities on the Outer Banks.

 

Ocean Hill Community Activities

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Fitness Center

 

150 feet from the house

Swimming

Two community pools

one within 150 feet and one on the ocean

Tennis

Two Courts

150 feet from the house

Walking Trails

 

 

Playground

 

150 feet from the house

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Medical Facilities

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Medical House Calls

Offer treatment of minor illnesses in your rental home

252-475-2007

Regional Medical Center

 

Milepost 1.5 in Kitty Hawk
5200 North Croatan Highway
Kitty Hawk NC 27949
252-255-6000

The Outer Banks Hospital Urgent Care Center

Quality Medical Care 7 Days A Week
Open Daily at 9:00 am 
Walk-In Medical Care for Illnesses and Conditions From Sprains and Cuts to Fish Hooks and Sore Throats.
On-Site Lab & X-Ray
Minor Procedures
No appointment necessary

The Marketplace Shopping Center
Milepost 1 in Southern Shores

5565 N. Croatan Hwy
Southern Shores NC 27949
252-449-7474

The Outer Banks Hospital

 

Milepost 14 in Nags Head
4800 S. Croatan Highway
Nags Head NC 27959
252-449-4500

Emergencies

 

Call 911

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Grocery Stores

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Food Lion in Monteray Plaza
Harris Teeter at The Currituck Club

Full Service Grocery Stores

Corolla

Wee Winks Market

Convenience Store

Duck and Corolla

Tommy’s Market

Convenience Store

Duck

Food Lion in Marketplace Shopping Center
Harris Teeter and Super Wal-Mart in the Shoreside shopping Center

Full Service Grocery Stores

Milepost 1

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Corolla Activities

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Currituck Beach Lighthouse

Used today to light the dark stretches of the southern coastline, this lighthouse was built in 1875 and today can be climbed by the spiral staircase that reaches up 150 feet.

1101 Corolla Village Road<
Corolla, NC 27927
252-453-4939

Currituck Beach

Relax on this beautiful, clean beach. Very wide with soft sand, ideal for walking, playing, looking for seashells or watching the wild horses.

 

Currituck Club Golf Course

 

Corolla
(888) 453-9400 or (252) 453-9400

Whalehead Club

 

Take a step back in time when you visit the Whalehead Club! Originally built in the 1920s, this magnificent residence has been restored to its original grandeur and is open for tours year round. Located inside Currituck Heritage Park, the museum is situated on 39 acres of pristine waterfront property, and is located in the heart of Historic Corolla.

Interpretive Trail through the grounds of the Whalehead Club. https://www.visitwhalehead.com/historic-corolla/interpretive-trail/

1100 Club Way, PO Box 307
Corolla, NC 27927
252-453-9040

Public Boat Ramp

The closest public boat ramp is located at the Whalehead Club in Corolla, open from sunrise until dusk. Due to shallow water and grass this ramp is suitable for small craft only. Pirate’s Cove Marina in Manteo is suited for larger watercraft.

 

Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education

Purchase your hunting, fishing, trapping licenses.

Sign up for free public 1 hour classes year round at the Wildlife Center in Corolla. https://ncpaws.org/reservations/corolla/CalendarView.aspx

1160 Village Lane
Corolla, NC 27927
252-453-0221
Located in Currituck Heritage Park on Highway 12 in Corolla, next to Currituck Beach Lighthouse and the Whalehead Club.

Fishing and Crabbing

The Currituck Sound is a great place for fishing and crabbing. You can do this at the Whalehead Club or other boardwalks on the sound. Bring your rods and nets and enjoy. There is no fee for fishing/crabbing but NC requires a license for both (age dependent).

Fishing licenses may be purchased from any Wildlife Resources Commission agent (includes most bait and tackle shops), online at NC Wildlife website, at any Division of Marine Fisheries at 252-726-7021 or by calling toll-free 888-248-6834. For complete licensing information, please visit this website or call the Division of Marine Fisheries at 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632.

The Annual License Fee is $15 for State Residents, age 16 or older and $30 for nonresidents, age 16 or older. The 10-day License Fee is $5 for State Residents, age 16 or older and $10 for nonresidents, age 16 or older.

Corolla Movie Bistro

Movie Prices – Adults – $ 11.50, Youth (10 & Under) – $ 9

815 E. Ocean Trail
Corolla, NC – 27927
(Near Food Lion in Monteray Shores Plaza)
252-453-2999

Wild Horse Museum

Located in the restored 1901 Old Corolla Schoolhouse, the Wild Horse Museum features interactive exhibits, photos and information on the Wild Mustangs of Corolla, NC. Learn about the history of wild horses that have roamed the Outer Banks for over 500 years, and still call these beaches home. Outside on the grounds, kids’ activities include horse painting, and once a week pet a live horse that comes to visit. Sign up for a Tour to take you to see the wild horses. Open year round Mon - Fri 10:00-4:00.

1129 Corolla Village RD
Corolla, NC 27927
252-453-8002

Corolla Raceway

Go Carts, Bumper Cars, concession stand and an arcade that is chock-full of everyone’s favorites. Kids Go Kart in Currituck County NC is a safety-first amusement park that takes family fun seriously! Come on over, get measured, buy some tickets, fill out a liability form, and it’s off to the races!

790 Ocean Trail
Timbuck II Shopping Center
Corolla, NC 252-453-9100

Wild Horse Adventure Tours

Feel the ocean breeze and taste the salty air! See the wild horses of the Outer Banks and whip through beach, dune, and forest trails with Hummer Adventure Tours. Discover some of the most unique sights the Outer Banks has to offer. Our friendly and knowledgeable tour guides take you onto pristine northern beaches that are accessible only with a 4x4 off-road vehicle. With more terrain, no two tours are ever the same; so if you like history, ecology, adventure, and quick-witted comedy, we have you covered.

610 Currituck Clubhouse Drive
Corolla, NC 27927
+1 800-460-4136

Back Country Safari Tours

Custom open-air Safari Beach Cruisers take you & your family on off-road explorations of the Outer Banks northern beaches. Corolla Wild Horse Tours, Segway Tours and Kayak Tours.  Useful Information: Activities for older children
Open 8 am – 8 pm

Corolla Light Town Center
107 C
Corolla, NC 27927
252-453-0877

Corolla Wild Horse Tours

Corolla Wild Horse Tours focuses on family. With our 15 passenger open-air safari style truck, you will feel fresh ocean breezes and soak in the salt sea air while experiencing the wonders of nature. Our wild horse tours are safe for any age, and kids in car seats are always welcomed. Our expert tour narration will focus on the history of Corolla, the wild horses and the North Carolina Beaches. All tours come with a money back guarantee.

1210 Ocean Trail
Corolla, NC 27927
252-207-0511

Corolla Jeep Adventures

Go with the original jeep adventure co. See the wild horses and four wheel on private land! The only tour co. to offer terrain designed for fun and groomed for the wild horses!!

1070 Ocean Trail, Corolla, NC 27949

252-453-6899

Coastal Explorations

Coastal Explorations is an outdoor touring company dedicated to providing adventure, education, and entertainment fueled by the resources in our own backyard - The Outer Banks of North Carolina. Come join us on a kayak trip or a boat trip, rent your own kayak, paddleboard, and bike or go on a crabbing charter for some fun and a fresh seafood dinner! Sunset Tours also available.
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children

1118 Corolla Village Lane
Corolla, NC 27927
252-453-9872

Corolla Outback Adventures

Ride into our "Outback" area past the road's end, traversing several refuge areas and sanctuary sites like the Wild Horse Estates Conservation easement. Along the way we often see a variety of shore birds and other wildlife and of course our Colonial Spanish Mustangs! Learn the history and local lore discovering what makes this wild part of the Outer Banks unlike any other place on earth, interpreted by Corolla's most experienced guide service. Our tour features a unique and memorable two hour round-trip North toward Carova Beach and False Cape State Park near the VA - NC border.

1150 Ccean Trail
Next to the Corolla Post Office
Corolla, NC 27927

252-453-4484

North Beach Watersports

We provide a mix of excitement and scenery. Your heart will be pounding by the (up to) 1200 foot high parasail ride. Your mind will be captivated by the beauty that surrounds. If you prefer to stay closer to land, rent one of our Yamaha Waverunners, stand up paddles boards, kayaks, pontoon boat, tubing or sunset cruise and enjoy the view from sea level.

1066 Ocean Trail
Corolla, NC 27927
252-455-9977

Corolla Surf Shop

Corolla Surf Shop and the Corolla Surf School have been teaching surfing since 1996. Just read the New York Times Travel Section Review for Corolla Surf School: August 8th, 2010. You can go on-line or call 252 453 9283. Plus after your lesson, you can rent boards & wetsuits.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children

807 J Ocean Trail
Corolla, NC 27927
252-453-9283

Outer Banks Restaurant Tours

Outer Banks Restaurant Tours offers walking and driving tours to restaurants and markets in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Tours are offered weekly from early May through early October in Duck, Kitty Hawk, and Corolla. Participants meet chefs and owners and sample signature dishes paired with wine or beer. Outer Banks Restaurant Tours also offers a fabulous Brews-day Tuesday Beer Tour, a Thirsty Thursday Winery Tour featuring a picnic lunch on the grounds of the vineyard, a scrumptious Dessert Tour, and Cooking Classes featuring fresh, local ingredients. Be sure to check out our new Blue Crab Kayak and Cook Tour on Tuesdays. It's fun, it's educational, and it's delicious! These tours are truly unique experiences in the Outer Banks. So, bring your appetite and join us for an informative, fun-filled, and hunger-satisfying afternoon!

2013 Midland Rd
Corolla, NC 27927
252-722-2229

Corolla Kiteboarding

Come enjoy the newest and hottest water sport on the outer banks. Kiteboarding! Harness the power of the wind and ride across the water As fast as you can. Corolla kiteboarding will get you up and riding in no time. Our lesson plans are specially structured for all ages. Come ride with us!

PO Box 44
Corolla, NC 27927
252-202-1227

Outer Banks Message Therapy

We are located in the Timbuck II shopping center in Corolla. Our spa is small, comfortable with a very relaxing atmosphere. We offer a variety of massages and spa treatments and require an appointment to be made in order to enjoy our services.

791 B Sunset Blvd
Corolla, NC 27927
252-639-0623

Corolla Adventure Golf and Bumper Cars

Putt Putt and bumper cars to entertain the entire family.

810 Ocean Trail
Corolla, NC
252-453-7777

Island Revolution Surf Co & Skate Park

The small coastal village of Corolla provides some of the most ideal waves to learn to surf on. If the waves aren't up, that's okay, there is a 5,000 sq. ft. skate park designed by Outer Banks local Mark Corbett. There's nothing better than learning a new skill and maybe even conquering a few fears along the way. There is also a full retail store loaded with all of the hottest surf & skate brands. Surfboards, skateboards, shades, footwear, swimwear, kid’s apparel & more! Cruise by & check them out!

1159 Austin Street
Suite E
Corolla, NC 27927
252-453-9484

Corolla Yoga

Group vinyasa yoga classes on the beautiful beaches of Corolla, North Carolina, with Chelsea Miller, certified yoga instructor RYT-200. Also offering private classes in your home, on the beach, or at her in-home studio.

1206 Pacific Ave
Corolla, NC 27927
717-503-5716

Corolla Light Tennis

Corolla Light Tennis offers year-round tennis programming at the Corolla Light Resort. Our teaching pros excel at working with beginners to the very advanced players. Private lessons and clinics are open to the public.

1026 Ocean Trail
Corolla, NC 27927
252-453-4565

Corolla Water Sports

Corolla's premier Watersports location. Corolla Watersports is located in TImbuck II, Corolla's nicest and most diverse shopping plaza. We offer all new four stroke Yamaha Waverunners, top of line Parasail boats, Bentley Pontoon Boats, new Perception Kayaks, Stand-Up Paddleboards, and Future Beach Paddleboats. All of our equipment is first class and we have the most experienced and friendliest staff anywhere on the Outer Banks of NC. We focus on fun and safety. We have a beautiful soundside pier where all of activities take place, and the public can come to watch the famous OBX sunsets. We also have a 18 hole mini-golf course that leads you through plush landscaping, several holes on our private island, and sound views.

Soundside at Timbuck II Shopping Center
Corolla, NC
252-453-6900

Kayak Corolla

This unique excursion blends off-road thrills with a kayak nature tour in the untouched reaches of the Currituck Sound, and is undoubtedly the best of both worlds. Enjoy kayaking while learning about the area as well as the Wild Spanish Mustangs that have been roaming our beaches for over 400 years!!!

Corolla Light Town Center
107 C
Corolla, NC 27927
252-453-0877
info@outerbankstours.com

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Duck Activities

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The Shops at Duck

When it comes to unique one-of-a-kind shopping excursions, it's hard to beat the tiny town of Duck. This popular vacation destination is also home to some of the Outer Banks' best collections of charming shops and restaurants, ranging from the completely quirky to the upscale and elite. Swing by the cluster of wooded or waterfront shopping centers, such as the Scarborough Faire Shopping Center or the Osprey Landing Sound Front Shops, When it comes to retail therapy, Duck has the ideal relaxing setting, as well as a world of goods that Outer Banks shoppers won't find anywhere else.

Downtown Duck

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Central Outer Banks Activities

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Children at Play Museum

The Children at Play Museum provides an environment developing young children’s levels of physical fitness, health, and creativity through hands-on learning activities that stimulate children intellectual growth.

3810 N. Croatan Highway,
Unit G,
Kitty Hawk NC 27949

Wright Brothers National Memorial

In 1903, the Wight Brothers made history by flying the first engine-powered airplane on the sandy windswept dunes of Kill Devil Hills and Kitty Hawk. The Wright Brothers originally came to the Outer Banks for its phenomenal wind and weather conditions, and stayed for years perfecting their flying experiments because of the landscape as well as the generous local hospitality. Today, aviation and history lovers flock to the Wright Brothers Memorial, which features a granite towering statue honoring where flight was first achieved, a small museum with a replica of the first plane as well as artifacts from their early experiments, and the new Millennium museum, which was constructed on the hundred-year anniversary of flight in 2003 and celebrates the past century of aviation. The park is open 7 days a week, year-round, from 9:00 - 5:00 p.m., and is a must-see for anyone with an inherent love of flying.

Mile post 7.5 on U.S. Highway 158
Kill Devil Hills, NC
252-441-7430

Jannette’s Pier

The Jennette's Pier in Nags Head isn't just a great destination for fishermen. It's also a historical treasure, a cultural attraction, and an educational showpiece. The pier was originally built in 1939, and prided itself on being the first pier on the Outer Banks. After decades of deterioration due to regular storms and occasional hurricanes, the pier was reconstructed and revitalized in 2009, with the NC Aquarium stepping in to make the pier an all-concrete educational center. Today, visitors can go fishing, or explore the 1,000 foot pier which is filled with educational marine exhibits, and offers seasonal programs for children and adults alike. For a fantastic view with a little learning thrown in, Jennette's Pier is definitely a Must See on any ocean lover's list.

Milepost 16.5
7223 South Virginia Dare Trail
Nags Head, NC
252-255-1501

Jockey’s Ridge State Park

The Jockey's Ridge State Park is home to the tallest series of natural sand dunes on the East Coast. If you take the challenge to climb the dunes you will be rewarded with beautiful views of the central Outer Banks spanning from the Atlantic Ocean to the Albemarle Sound. Hang gliders consider this locale one of the best spots in the country to take to the skies, and visitors are welcome to take an afternoon hang gliding lesson and join in the fun.

PO Box 592
Milepost 12 on US 158 bypass in Nags Head
Nags Head, NC 27959
252-441-7132

The Lost Colony

The country's longest running outdoor drama, The Lost Colony, has played to sold-out crowds every summer for decades, and it's easy to see why. The play, which is performed nightly in Manteo from Memorial Day to Labor Day, has over 100 actors, dancers and singers, whirling on stage, spinning fire, and presenting the fascinating true story of Manteo's first and fastest-departing residents. Centuries later, the fate of the historic Lost Colony settlers is still unknown, but visitors can revisit the mystery every night under the canopy of stars by the Roanoke Sound. Tickets are required, and visitors are encouraged to reserve well in advance due to the popularity of the show
Hours: Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

1409 National Park Drive
Ft. Raleigh National Park
Manteo, NC 27954
252-473-2127  

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island

Family members of all ages will love a leisurely stroll through the North Carolina Aquarium, where visitors can get up close and personal with some of the Outer Banks' favorite residents, including local saltwater and freshwater fish, frolicking sea otters, turtles, and even alligators. The series of exhibits pays homage to local North Carolina wildlife, as well as tropical species, hurricane history, and a "touch tank" room where visitors can dip their hands into the water to feel smooth sting rays or hard-shelled horseshoe and hermit crabs. However, the biggest attraction, literally, is the giant saltwater tank which is home to the largest of the Outer Banks marine species, including sharks, drum, and meandering sea turtles. Visitors are encouraged to stop by during feeding times, when divers descend into the tanks, or to swing by for seasonal educational programs which are offered almost daily during the summer season.
The aquarium is open year-round, seven days a week, ensuring that all visitors have an opportunity to get a first-hand look at the local fish, mammals and reptiles that call the Outer Banks home.

374 Airport Road
Off U.S. 64
Manteo, NC 27954
252-475-2300

The Elizabethan Gardens

The acres of perfectly landscaped formal gardens is a reproduction of a garden of the time of Elizabeth I located on Roanoke Island.
Every season is different, adding to its beauty, and ensuring that visitors will enjoy a spectacle of local flowers, including hydrangeas, camellias, and roses, during any time of the year. The Elizabethan Gardens also has a gift shop and plant shop on premise so visitors can take a bit of the Outer Banks home to grow in their own yard, and also offers seasonal classes, including watercolor classes, wreath making classes, kids' workshops, and everything in between.

1411 National Park Drive
Manteo, NC 27954
252-473-3234

Island Farm

Experience life as it was before the Civil War. Join interpreters dressed in period attire as they carry out the daily activities of a Roanoke Island farm in the 1850s. Hands-on activities and demonstrations: Woodworking, cooking, blacksmithing, children's games and ox-drawn wagon rides are just a few activities offered. Activities vary daily. Hours: Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

1140 N US Highway 64
Manteo, NC 27954
252-473-6500

Historic Downtown Manteo

Over the years, the town of Manteo has done an exceptional job of preserving its historic collection of waterfront homes, gardens, and scenery, and visitors are welcome to wander the streets and enjoy the results. Stroll along the docks and watch the sailing ships and tour boats roll in, or grab a meal at one of the area's many waterfront restaurants.

U.S. 64
Manteo, NC 27954

Roanoke Island Festival Park

The Roanoke Island Festival Park is a veritable playground for children and history buffs alike, as the expansive ground bordering the Roanoke Sound feature a world of costumed interpreters, historical buildings, and interactive exhibits, all replicating the Roanoke Island of the late 1500s. Visitors can watch English settlers at work constructing a colony, visit with local Native Americans who have mastered living on the tricky coastal landscape for centuries, and view artifacts and replicas from the Outer Banks' very first residents. The park is open daily for visitors for a small fee, offers acres of interactive activities to explore, and serves as a real life example of Outer Banks history at its earliest stages.

Downtown Manteo
Roanoke Island
Manteo, NC 27954
252-475-1506

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

The refuge includes more than 150,000 acres of wetland habitats and a wide variety of wildlife, ranging from wood ducks and alligators to black bears and red wolves. Plant species, including Atlantic white cedar, bald cypress, wildflowers and shrubs, are abundant. Visitors will find hiking and wildlife trails, observation platforms, fishing areas and kayaking and canoeing routes. The refuge is open all year round during daylight hours.

Route 64/264
P.O. Box 1969
Manteo, NC 27954
252-473-1131

Bodie Island Lighthouse

The Bodie Island Lighthouse is located just south of Nags Head, and while the black and white striped towering structure can be easily admired from NC Highway 12. Visitors are encouraged to turn down the shaded soundside road to the lighthouse for a closer look.
The lighthouse, which has been in operation since 1872, is a popular attraction for visitors and features a small visitors' center in the original lighthouse keepers' quarters, as well as acres of nature trails bordering the 15-acre site. Visitors are welcome to explore, climb, or simply marvel at the towering lighthouse, visible from the edge of Nags Head to the plateau of the Bonner Bridge.

Nags Head, NC

252-441-5711

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Southern Outer Banks Activities

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Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

The Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, spanning the area in between the Bonner Bridge and the town of Rodanthe on Hatteras Island, is the temporary home to over 250 species of migratory birds. The refuge has plenty of nature trails that lead all the way out to the Pamlico Sound, as well as seasonal programs and even a week-long birding festival, Wings Over Water.

Pea Island Refuge Headquarters
Rte. 12
Hatteras Island, NC
252-987-2394

Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station

The Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station is one of the best preserved examples of the historic Life Saving Service stations, predecessors to the modern US Coast Guard. The Life Saving Service protected the Outer Banks shores and the passing ships that dared to travel through the treacherous Diamond Shoals. Filled with two centuries of daring rescues and proud homegrown history, the Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station comprises of the main building, which is home to the museum and gift shop, as well as a series of outbuildings including the crews' quarters, the kitchen, and the original storage building stocked with antique rescue equipment. All buildings remain virtually unchanged from their original late 1800s service, and summer visitors can catch exhibitions by current US Coast Guard members on historical lifesaving techniques. The station is open from April until November, Monday through Friday, and visitors are welcome to swing by, explore the grounds, and honor Hatteras Island's proud history as a model for life saving stations around the world.

23645 NC Hwy. 12
Rodanthe, NC 27968
252-987-1552

Canadian Hole

Beach located along North Carolina's Outer Banks that is recommended for windsurfing. You don't have to be a kiteboarding or windsurfing expert to enjoy the view - simply pull up a lawn chair, stick your toes into the sound waters, and enjoy the aerial acrobats. Around sunset, the show just gets better with fantastic soundfront views seven days a week.

Canadian Hole,
located in between Avon
and Buxton.
Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest brick lighthouse in the nation, and its diagonal black and white striped pattern attracts visitors to climb it under the watchful supervision of National Park Service rangers, who provide guided tours from spring until fall.

Lighthouse Rd, Buxton
Hatteras Island, NC 27920
252-995-4474

Hatteras and Ocracoke Ferry Docs and Harbors

Enjoy a slice of the Outer Banks' maritime culture at the Hatteras Village waterfront docs. Spanning almost a mile from the Hatteras / Ocracoke free ferry to the smaller commercial and privately owned docks of Teach's Lair, Hatteras Harbor, Oden's Docs, and Village Marina, this section of Hatteras Village is what life on the water is all about.

 

Ocracoke Pony Pens

Ocracoke Island is another of the Outer Banks' barrier islands where wild horses were cast ashore centuries ago, only to thrive and survive for hundreds of years. Unlike Carova, on Ocracoke the ponies are closely monitored and guarded by the National Park Service, and a large section of the soundside between the ferry docks and Ocracoke Village has been fenced in to provide a safe and protected environment. Visitors can spot the wild ponies by stopping by the Ocracoke Pony Pen. Here, lucky visitors can catch glimpses of the horses as they head to feeding stations or simply graze in the pasture. Bring a camera, and remember to stay outside of the fenced-in area. The ponies are beautiful, but are definitely feral, so human contact is not allowed by the National Park Service.

Hwy 12
Ocracoke NC
252-928-4531

Ocracoke Island Lighthouse

The Ocracoke Island lighthouse may be the shortest lighthouse on the Outer Banks, at just 75 feet tall, but it is also the oldest operating lighthouse in North Carolina. While not open for climbing, visitors can stroll or bike to the lighthouse for amazing photos, and a serene walk around the white-picket fenced property. A small parking area is nearby, and there is no charge to explore the lighthouse grounds.

Lighthouse Road, Ocracoke, NC

Ocracoke Island Visitor Center

Pick up information about the island, view exhibits and visit the bookshop. You can also arrange to use the Park Service docks, pick up maps of the bike paths, and attend free summer programs run by the Rangers.

Ocracoke Village,
south end of Rte 12
on Silver Lake, Ocracoke, NC
252 928 4531

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