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Nags Head Day Trip

Discover Things to Do in Nags Head & Beyond

For Hatteras Island vacationers looking for a fun excursion off the island, an excellent option is spending a day exploring Hatteras Island’s northern neighbors. The towns of Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, and Kitty Hawk offer plenty of family-friendly activities. If you decide to plan a day trip to this region, there is a collection of “must-see” attractions just waiting to be discovered. Keep reading to learn more about some of the Surf or Sound Realty team’s top things to do!

Experiences Nags Head Day Trip BOX1 Hang Gliding
Wispy clouds glow post sunset and are reflected in glassy, sound waters near the Bodie Island Lighthouse and walkway

Bodie Island Lighthouse

Located just north of the Basnight Bridge is Bodie Island Lighthouse, a 156-foot tall horizontally striped landmark. Open to the public by the National Park Service for climbing in the summer, the lighthouse has become a popular destination. The grounds feature exhibits on display in the visitor's center in the old keeper's quarters, an Eastern National Bookstore, and a self-guided nature trail that winds through the stunning soundside forests and marshes.

Jockey's Ridge State Park

Found in Nags Head is a 426-acre park home to the largest natural living sand dune on the East Coast. Explore Jockey’s Ridge State Park on the two self-guided trails or learn more about the park with the nature programs available year-round. Adventurous visitors can try hang gliding and kite flying, thanks to Kitty Hawk Kites' flagship store just across the street.

The Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills

Visit the spot of the world’s “first flight” by planning a visit to the Wright Brothers Memorial.

The statuesque monument that towers over Kill Devil Hills marks the site of the Wright Brothers' first controlled powered flight on Dec. 17, 1903. Make your way to the top of the hill for an up-close look at the pylon. View full-scale reproductions of the 1903 Wright Flyer and interpretive presentations inside the visitor center. A pavilion boasts an exhibit hall with special exhibits, including a replica of the 1902 Wright Glider.

Nags Head Fishing Pier

The Nags Head Fishing Pier is one of the oldest and longest piers in the Outer Banks. Known for its incredible fishing opportunities, there is much more to experience at this spot. Take in picture-perfect views of the Atlantic as you walk along the wooden planks or grab a bite to eat. The Nags Head Fishing Pier is home to Captain Andy’s Oceanfront Deck Bar and Grill, which plates up incredible Carolina-style dishes. They’ll even cook your catches for you and plate them up with fries and other sides.

Wright Brothers monument fills the frame against a brilliant blue sky in Kill Devil Hills
Jennette's Pier, seen from the beach on the south side, is bathed in orange light of sunrise against a pink and orange sky

Jennette’s Pier

Since 1939, Jennette’s Pier has been a staple in the Nags Head region. Along with the pier itself, this spot features exhibits and educational information in its visitor center. The pier, which is open daily year-round for fishing and sightseeing, also offers scheduled educational and fun events and activities. In addition to being a great educational attraction, it is also a popular destination for events such as surfing competitions. You can even book the pier for weddings and large parties. 

Nags Head Shopping & Dining

With various shops and restaurants, you can spend your entire time in Nags Head enjoying a bit of retail therapy, grabbing a quick meal, and treating yourself to an evening of fine dining. The shopping scene has everything from charming boutiques to shops filled with memorable keepsakes. You’re sure to work up an appetite shopping and exploring. Lucky for you, there’s ample opportunity to sample North Carolina seafood with dozens of local and family-owned restaurants, perfect for grabbing a bite to eat before heading back to Hatteras Island.

No matter how you spend your time in Nags Head, you’re going to have a ball! After returning to Hatteras Island, rest up for another day of fun in the comfort of your Surf or Sound Realty vacation home rental.