Things to do

The Outer Banks has all the ingredients of a great vacation.
This is just a brief list to get you started.

  • Enjoy the beach! Walk across the beach road to the access at Hollowell street.
  • Fish or sightsee off the Nags Head Pier. The pier is 1/4 mile north of the cottage. You hook 'em they'll cook 'em.
  • Explore Jockey's Ridge. Just west of the cottage is Jockey's Ridge state park, the largest sand dune on the east coast. From the top you can see the sound and the ocean. Hike the nature tail and wade in the sound.
  • Learn to hang glide. Kitty Hawk Kites offers hang gliding lessons at Jockeys Ridge.
  • Visit the Wright brothers memorial. A monument and museum mark the location where the Wright brothers made their famous flight. Milepost 8 on route 158.
  • Have a soft ice cream from the Snowbird. The Snowbird is located across the street from the beach access.
  • Shop the outlets. Take route 158 south to the 16 mile post.
  • Golf. There are several popular courses (Nags Head Links, Sea Scape Golf, The Currituck Golf Club)
  • North Carolina Aquarium. Located on Roanoke Island.
  • Manteo. Located on Roanoke island, home of the first settlers and the "lost colony". Quaint town with shops, and dining.

Day trips

  • Charter fishing.  Try Sinbad Sportfishing out of Oregon Inlet Fishing Center.  We had a gret time with them!
  • North Carolina State Parks.  
  • Hatteras island. Just south of Nags Head is Cape Hatteras National Seashore. It streaches 50 miles to the Cape Hatteras light house. You can drive your 4x4 on the beach in designated areas.
  • Ocracoke island. Accessible only by ferry from Cape Hatteras. Black Beard was captured here. At the south end of the island is Ocracoke village, with shops, inns, and restaurants.4x4 beach driving allowed.
  • Corolla. Located 30 miles north of Nags Head on route 12. See the historic Whalehead club and the Currituck lighthouse.
  • Off-road beaches. The road ends in Corolla, but you can drive your 4x4 on the beach for another 12 miles. There are wild horses roaming this area.

Dining and entertainment

  • Mama Kwans Grill and Tiki Bar - Oriental/Hawiian food. Casual, fun atmosphere, good food. Route 158, Kill Devil Hills
  • Pier House - Fresh seafood/grill. Right on the Nags Head fishing pier. Breakfast, lunch, dinnner. Very casual
  • Kellys - Upscale dining, bar, live entertainment. Route 158, Nags Head
  • Owens - Upscale dining. Route 12, milepost 16, Nags Head
  • Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe. Nags Head Causeway. Waterfront, great food and atmosphere.
  • Black Pellican - Family dining with ocean views. Converted lifesaving station. Route 12, Kitty Hawk.
  • Pirates Cove - Nice dining and bar with a view of the marina. Roanoke island
  • Lost Colony drama - Famous play based on the first English colony in the new world.