Things To Do

The Nags Head Outlet Mall
Featuring a number of brand-name outlet stores offering a wide selection of clothing, jewelry, and accessories. The Nags Head location is open daily with hours between 10am – 7pm during the off-season and 9am – 9pm during all other seasons.

Island Jeep and Car Rentals
Ever wanted to venture off onto the 4x4 beaches of the Outer Banks? Looking for the Spanish Horses of Corova? Just need a car to use during your vacation on the Outer Banks? Then Island Jeep and Car Rentals has you covered, with daily, multi-day, weekly, and monthly options available with unlimited mileage on our of their rentals!

The Lost Colony Play
One hundred and seventeen men, women and children establish the first English settlement in the new world on Roanoke Island in 1587-then mysteriously disappear... the exciting story of The Lost Colony, America’s first and longest-running outdoor drama. Written by Pulitzer Prizewinner Paul Green and performed under the stars at the beautiful Waterside Theatre, the show has thrilled over three million visitors since its debut in 1937. Andy Griffith, a long-time resident of Manteo, NC, was one of the early stars of the Lost Colony

Elizabethan Gardens
Nestled among the trees at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site on the north end of the island, the Elizabethan Gardens are a special place of peace and natural beauty amidst the crush of the tourist-laden beach resorts less than ten miles away. A traditional English flower garden which is, for now, somewhat of a secret.

The Roanoke Aquarium
This aquarium is located on the sound in Roanoke Island. The aquarium displays different fish which are indigenous to the Outer banks. Other animals such as turtles, alligators and river otters are also featured here. Many additional fun activities for children. Also check the calendar which is linked at the top of this page to see if any aquarium events are being held while you visit. Further information can be found on their website or by calling 252-473-3493

The Downeast Rover
The Downeast Rover is a 55' topsail schooner. Venture onto the protected waters of beautiful Roanoke Sound. View exquisite wildlife including dolphin, osprey, heron, and sea birds of many kinds. Help trim the sails, take a turn at the helm, or just relax and enjoy the beauty of North Carolina's historical Outer Banks. For Reservations and/or More Information Call: 252 473-4866 or toll free 1-866 SAIL OBX

The Crystal Dawn
A 65 foot headboat powered by twin 6-T1 diesels, The Crystal Dawn plans fishing trips for up to 50 people and non-fishing cruises for up to 100 people. The most modern equipment including all new tackle, shiptoshore and CB radios, fathomers, and fish finder. Tickets sold in advance, book your trip today! Call: 252-473-5577 Or Write To: Crystal Dawn Fishing Parties 100 Patty Lane Manteo, NC 27954

Jockey's Ridge (a.k.a. The Dunes)
Jockey's Ridge State Park is a 414 acre park and is home to the largest sand dune on the East Coast. The trek to the top of the highest dune allows a spectacular view of both Nags Head and Kill Devil Hills, as well as the Roanoke Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. The climb to the top is a challenge, but the chance of seeing the many hang-gliders and kites makes it worthwhile. Jockey's Ridge State Park Box 592 Nags Head, NC 27959. The Park number is 252-441-7132

Lighthouses of the Outer Banks
One of the Outer Banks' main attractions are the various lighthouses scattered across the islands. Click on the following link to access information and locations of each major lighthouse.

The Wright Brothers National Memorial
Come to where the first powered plane took off. This memorial is better described as a museum, for it features documentaries on the Wright Brothers, plane replicas and other special exhibits. For more information, visit the link below or call at 252.441.7430.

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