Top things to do

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…
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…
Museum in Outer Banks

Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education

The modern Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education has an 8,000 gallon aquarium and a life-size marsh diorama with a duck blind. Do;t miss the 20-minute film about area history. Offers lots of kids' classes and ac…
Historic Site in Outer Banks

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

The visitor center has exhibits, artifacts, maps and a free film to fuel the imagination. Look for the prints based on 1585 illustrations by colony leader John White, now some of the best-known depictions of pre-Eur…
Play in Outer Banks

Lost Colony Outdoor Drama

Attractions at the site include the Lost Colony Outdoor Drama. This beloved long-running musical from Pulitzer Prize-winning North Carolina playwright Paul Green dramatizes the fate of the colonists. It plays at the…
Gardens in Outer Banks

Elizabethan Gardens

The 16th-century-style Elizabethan Gardens include a Shakespearian herb garden and rows of beautifully manicured flower beds. Check online to see what's blooming.
Preserve in Outer Banks

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

At the northern end of Hatteras Island, this 5834-acre preserve is a birdwatcher's heaven, with two nature trails (both are fully accessible to people with disabilities) and 13 miles of unspoiled beach. Viewer scope…
in Outer Banks

Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station

Built in 1874, this was the first lifesaving station in the state, now a museum filled with pre–Coast Guard artifacts.
Lighthouse in Outer Banks

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

At 208ft, this striking black-and-white-striped edifice is the tallest brick lighthouse in the US and is one of North Carolina's most iconic images. Climb the 248 steps then check out the interesting exhibits about …
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 Outer Banks. According to one exhibit, i…