Outer Banks Attractions
Nature envelops every aspect of an Outer Banks visit.
You’re on islands, after all, surrounded by ocean, sound and endless sky. You’re in an environment with maritime forests containing some of the widest variety of flora and fauna found anywhere; wildlife refuges that shelter wolves, birds and bears; wild horses that roam in Corolla and Ocracoke; Jockey’s Ridge, the largest sand dune on the East Coast; and mile after mile of undeveloped seashore. So, when you review the many options for Outer Banks attractions, it makes perfect sense that you’ll be outside for most of them.
Look around and you’ll also see lighthouses, several of which you can climb (the Currituck and Hatteras lights) and the restored quarters that housed the keepers of the lights and their families—see Corolla Attractions and Hatteras Attractions. Other Outer Banks attractions include historic homes, hunt clubs and lifesaving stations that provide an amazing glimpse into the past lifestyle of Outer Banks locals and visitors. Monuments tell the story of flight with the Wright brothers (see Nags Head Attractions), of the Freedmen’s Colony that was located here after the Civil War (go to Roanoke Island Attractions), of battles offshore that lit up the night sky during World War II. Outdoor theater performances of The Lost Colony enchant patrons with the story of the first attempt of colonization in the New World or provide a venue for evenings with the NC School of the Arts Performance Festival. Native Americans, colonists, inventors and beach collectors broaden our idea of Outer Banks life in local museums. Aquariums and gardens add dimension to our Outer Banks attractions. Ponies (look at Ocracoke Attractions), bears, wolves, alligators and birds bring a wild side to Outer Banks attractions.
With so much to see, to experience and to learn, you’re likely to need more than one visit to take in all the extraordinary attractions the Outer Banks has to offer. Check out our Attractions List for more details. Enjoy!