Top things to do

Top Choice Mexican in Ocracoke Island

Eduardo's Taco Stand

There's a long list of tacos, burritos and fresh and spicy salsas at this sensational taco stand. If you're over fried clams and crab cakes, dishes like prime rib-eye tacos with salsa de xoconostle (sour prickly pea…
Top Choice Seafood in Outer Banks

Kill Devil Grill

Yowza, this place is good. It's also historic – the entrance is a 1939 dining car that's listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Pub grub and seafood arrive with tasty flair, and portions are generous. C…
Top Choice Seafood in Outer Banks

Blue Moon Beach Grill

Would it be wrong to write an ode to a side of french fries? Because Lord almighty, the lightly spiced fries at this casual hot spot are the stuff of sonnets and monologues. And we haven't even mentioned the BLT wit…
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…
American in Outer Banks

Oceanas Bistro

A good-time local's haunt open year-round, Oceanas' Bistro will win you over with friendly servers and a pretty damn excellent menu that includes outstanding crab-cakes or mahi-mahi sandwiches and some insanely good…
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…
Wine Bar in Outer Banks

Trio

This simple but stylish wine and craft-beer bar is a welcome respite from OBX's typical fare. Select from 24 wines (in the self-service tasting bar) or 24 taps of local suds then complement your choice with housemad…
Wine Bar in Ocracoke Island

Zillie's Island Pantry

Part gourmet-food shop (head here for beach picnic provisions), part wine store, Zillie's is one of the classiest spots for a glass of Argentine Malbec or Oregon Pinot ($21 by the glass) or a regional microbrew (eig…
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…