Attractions

Park in Outer Banks

Wright Brothers National Memorial

Self-taught engineers Wilbur and Orville Wright launched the world's first successful airplane flight on December 17, 1903 (it lasted 12 seconds). A boulder marks the take-off spot. Climb a nearby hill, where the br…
Historic Building in Outer Banks

Whalehead Club

The sunflower-yellow, art nouveau-style Whalehead Club, built in the 1920s as a hunting 'cottage' for a Philadelphia industrialist, is the centerpiece of the well-manicured Currituck Heritage Park in the village of …
Island in Outer Banks

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Extending some 70 miles from south of Nags Head to the south end of Ocracoke Island, this fragile necklace of islands remains blissfully free from overdevelopment. Natural attractions include local and migratory wat…
Beach in Ocracoke Island

Ocracoke Beach

Dolphins are commonly spotted on Ocracoke's gorgeous, undeveloped 16-mile stretch of sandy beach. Swimmers should be aware of rip currents. Find parking and toilet facilities at this access point on the right hand s…
Historic Site in Manteo

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

In the late 1580s, three decades before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, a group of 116 British colonists disappeared without a trace from their Roanoke Island settlement. Were they killed off by drought? Did t…
Wildlife Reserve in Outer Banks

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

Although not strictly on an Outer Banks island (it's part of the mainland), this 154,000-acre wildlife reserve of wild lands and waters is managed by Dare County. It's home to black bears, river otters, wild turkeys…
Historic Site in Manteo

Roanoke Island Festival Park

Go on a swashbuckling adventure at this 25-acre park, telling the story of the first English settlement attempt in 1585. Visitors can climb aboard a 16th-century sailing boat named Elizabeth II, where costumed role-…
Lighthouse in Outer Banks

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

At 193ft (or 198ft to the lighting rod), this striking black-and-white-striped edifice is one of North Carolina's most iconic images. The first version of the Hatteras Lighthouse was lit in October of 1803, a modest…
Museum in Outer Banks

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

Exhibits about shipwrecks, piracy and salvaged cargo are highlights at this maritime museum at the end of the road. There have been more than 2000 shipwrecks off the coast of the Outer Banks. According to one exhibi…
Viewpoint in Ocracoke Island

Ocracoke Pony Pen

From the National Park Service's observation deck, you can catch views of Ocracoke's formerly 'wild' ponies, which have been penned in here since the late 1950s and cared for by the NPS. The horses that remain in th…