Outer Banks Activities

Experience the Many Facets of the Outer Banks

I decided to use the Outer Banks activities page as a catch all for some topics that didn’t quite warrant, yet, a full category, but was significant enough that it had to be mentioned. So if the list seems disjointed, that was intentional.





Outer Banks art and the numerous galleries is one such category of Outer Banks activities. With numerous galleries up and down the coast, I have been fortunate enough to meet and become friends with the owner of the Pea Island Art Gallery located in Salvo. Kimmie Robertson was originally from Kansas, but ended up moving to and living in the Outer Banks because what she calls “its paradoxical nature”. This has inspired many artists to take up their life work in the Outer Banks. Make sure you take the opportunity to visit on of the local galleries to be enchanted with their inspiration.

Sunset on the Sound in Duck

Outer Banks shopping listed as one of the Outer Banks activities? With my wife and older daughter, this is more of a life passion than mere activity. Whether it be the local antique stores or some of the more “upscale” clothing stores, whatever you are looking for you will find that unique item. Also, the Tangier Outlets in Nags Head is a must visit for the truly “professional shopper”.

Outer Banks camping use to be one of the primary ways to stay on the Outer Banks before a rash of development. There are still many campgrounds; both accommodating RVs and some are still tent only. The bulk of the campgrounds are on Hatteras Island, but there are still a few on the northern end, particularly in Colington and a “tent only” in Kitty Hawk.

All up and down the Outer Banks, surfing can be had, but Hatteras Island is home to some of the best Outer Banks surfing. If you want to see the latest surf report, check out OBX Surf Info. With three different waters (the cold water from the north and the warm water from the Gulf Stream mixing with the coastal North Carolina waters)coming together in one place, the action becomes fast and furious, particularly in the fall.

Sunset on the the Albemarle SoundIf a destination wedding is what you’ve always dreamed about, consider an Outer Banks beach wedding. With miles of open beaches, the Outer Banks can make your destination wedding dream come true, especially considering the ease of access to the Outer Banks and the many things for you and your guest to do and see. In addition, there are several groups dedicated to making all of your wedding dreams come true.

The Outer Banks Restaurant Tours is a new opportunity on the Outer Banks, started in 2011 by Terry Bell and her husband. It occurs four nights a week at different locations.



Outer Banks Restaurant Tours


The OBX Marathon is a new Outer Banks activity, having its inaugural run in 2006. The OBX Marathon serves as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and follows all USA Track & Field rules and is the USATF NC Association championship. Both a full and half marathon is run on Veterans Day weekend. The race begins in Kitty Hawk and winds its way down to Manteo.

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