The Outer Banks of North Carolina is known for being one of the top family vacation destinations in the country for miles of natural scenic beauty and southern coastal charm. Check out this list of accolades that the Outer Banks has received in recent years, and read on to find out more about the amazing Outer Banks Attractions that lie in wait for you!
History Loves the Outer Banks
Much history has been made on the Outer Banks. America’s first English colony was located on Roanoke Island. They are known as the Lost Colony since they disappeared without a trace. The Wright Brothers chose the Outer Banks to make their historic first flight in Kill Devil Hills because of the steady winds and hospitable people. The first distress call from the Titanic was received at the Hatteras Weather Station. Billy Mitchell used the tiny airstrip in Frisco to demonstrate the ability for aircraft to be used in battle. The Outer Banks played a role in naval history during World War II and the capture of the Confederate forts located at Hatteras Inlet provided the first Union victory of the Civil War. The Hotel De’Afrique on Hatteras Island was the first haven for fugitive slaves seeking freedom in North Carolina.
The beaches of the Outer Banks are known for their natural scenic beauty. The sea oats grow wild on the dunes that line the shoreline. The beaches are free to access and in some areas are open to driving.
What to Do in the Outer Banks
The Outer Banks is known for being an adventure destination. Jockey’s Ridge is home to Kitty Hawk Kites Hang Gliding School which has been teaching people to fly hang gliders since 1974. Kiteboarding has become a new favorite sport amongst the adventure sports enthusiasts who visit the Outer Banks. REAL Watersports has become a leader in the kiteboarding world for instruction and events.
Fishing the Outer Banks
The Outer Banks provides some of the best fishing on the East Coast with its proximity to the Gulf Stream, the soundside waters, the fishing piers and surf fishing. Grab some bait and head to the beach to catch something for dinner. A local seafood shop will clean it for you. The Oregon Inlet Fishing Center and Pirate’s Cove Marina offer charter fishing excursions on the northern beaches, and Hatteras Village offers a number of marinas from which to take a charter boat to catch marlin, tuna and more.
Outer Banks Attractions
If you're looking for Outer Banks attractions, you'll find no shortage here. There are four lighthouses on the Outer Banks, one in Corolla, one in Bodie Island, one on Hatteras Island and one on Ocracoke Island. Take a tour of them all. Enjoy the attractions on Roanoke Island including the Lost Colony Outdoor Drama, the Elizabethan Gardens, the Roanoke Island Aquarium, Island Farm and Festival Park featuring the Elizabeth II replica ship. Of course there is Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head and the Wright Brothers National Park in Kill Devil Hills. Hatteras Island offers Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station and the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum spotlighting the beginning of the US Coast Guard, local naval history and shipwrecks off our coast.
Shopping and Restaurants
You can’t go on vacation without doing a little shopping, and the Outer Banks has a lot to offer. With local art galleries, boutique clothing and gift shops and an outlet mall, you can’t go wrong. The restaurants on the Outer Banks are mostly locally owned and offer unique southern coastal cuisine. Enjoy fresh seafood prepared with a local flair and served with a smile.
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