Rainy Day Activities in Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks (OBX)

An Outer Banks Guide for Rainy Days

On occasion, a stray coastal Outer Banks weather system can put a damper on a day at the beach, but that doesn’t mean that the vacation fun has to end. On Hatteras Island there are plenty of things to do in the Outer Banks on a rainy afternoon, and while each vacationing family can come up with their own creative ideas of how to have fun out of the sun, there are a few Outer Banks rainy day activities that are a must on any Outer Banks vacation.

Quick Outer Banks Rainy Day Activity Guide

• Take pictures of the spectacular cloud formations that storm systems can bring with them
• Have a theme movie day in your vacation home complete with themed food and drinks
• Play arcade games at the arcade in Buxton or Avon

Go Shopping

Explore the art galleries, seaside shops and souvenir stores that call Hatteras Island home. These locally owned and uniquely charming shops are the perfect place to hunt for treasures to always remind you of your vacation, and gifts for the friends and family members back home. Trust us; if you're looking for fun things to do in Hatteras NC while it's raining, shopping is certainly an option!

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Enjoy a Local Restaurant

A rainy afternoon is no problem if you have a hearty appetite. Many local seafood restaurants offer happy hour food specials, with shrimp, oysters, crab legs, and lots of local seafood fare offered at a discounted price. Bring the whole family, and plenty of napkins, and enjoy a late afternoon snack, Hatteras style.

Create a Work of Art

The natural beauty of the Outer Banks has inspired many local artists, and if you find the scenery bringing out your own creative urges, try stopping by a local bead store or paint-your-own-pottery shop. Bring the family, and let the kids spend an afternoon designing their own necklaces and bracelets, or paying homage to the Outer Banks by painting a sea scene on a clay mug or decorative dish. Trust us; when it comes to Outer Banks Rainy Day Activities, you can't beat this!

If you don’t feel like leaving your vacation rental home, break out the seashells, water paints, glue, ribbon, glitter and beads, and make your own creations at home. After all, seashells make wonderful holiday ornaments and decorative works of art, and many visitors agree that some of the best souvenirs are the ones you create yourself.

Explore Hatteras Island History

A rainy day may be the perfect time to further explore the historical sites along the Outer Banks, and Hatteras Island has a multitude of attractions honoring its rich maritime history. Visit the historic Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station in Rodanthe, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the Frisco Native American Museum, the Weather Bureau Station in Hatteras Village, the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor's Center and the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras Village to learn more about this unique vacation destination.

Take a Day Trip

A rainy day also presents a fun opportunity to tour the attractions up the beach in the central Outer Banks, like the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, the Bodie Island and Currituck Lighthouses, and all the stores and restaurants in between. Take the family along, and enjoy a full day of shopping, dining, and exploring this stretch of the Outer Banks.

Cook up a Good Time

Rainy days offer the opportunity to explore the local markets for some fun recipes that you don’t have time to experiment with at home. Get creative in the kitchen and end up with a multi-course masterpiece or simply toss a bushel of crabs in the pot, spread out the newspaper and have a seafood feast.

Unwind at your Rental Home

Sometimes the best vacation memories are made simply by reconnecting with the family, and many of Surf or Sound Realty’s Hatteras vacation homes offer plenty of ways to stay entertained without stepping outside your door. Many of our premier homes feature game rooms, media rooms, multiple gathering areas, books, games and movies, so you can simply relax and just enjoy a little time laughing and lounging with your family and friends. Contact us today for more information about Hatteras Vacation Homes, and to learn about all the fun things to do in the Outer Banks when it's raining!