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Best Things To Do in Outer Banks

The Outer Banks have activities for relaxation and for adventure. The quiet beaches are the main draw to the area, but others visit OBX for the horseback riding, hang gliding and water sports. Touring the shipwrecks off the coast, sightseeing at Corolla's Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Kill Devil Hill's Wright Brothers National Memorial or Nag's Head's Jockey's Ridge State Park make a happy medium for recent vacationers who desire a more balanced getaway.

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#1
Outer Banks Beaches Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: The Outer Banks beaches stretch for 90 miles on a barrier island, which frames the eastern coast of North Carolina ... read more»

#2
Jockey's Ridge State Park Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: The most popular part of Nags Head is Jockey's Ridge State Park, home of the tallest sand dune system ... read more»

#3
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The Cape Hatteras National Seashore stretches for miles and tempts visitors with its well-kept sands and rolling waves. While many ... read more»

#4
Pirate Adventures of the Outer Banks
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: After the Pirates of the Caribbean craze, what kid doesn't like pirates? This Manteo outfitter has capitalized on the ... read more»

#5
Stop-N-Shop Beach Shop
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: This one-stop shop is a big favorite among recent travelers, who compliment its variety of wares and its friendly service ... read more»

#6
Wright Brothers National Memorial
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If you flew to the Outer Banks, you have the Wright Brothers to thank. In 1900, the two moved here ... read more»

#7
Roanoke Island Festival Park
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Located in Manteo, the Roanoke Island Festival Park takes visitors back in time to the 1500s and the settlement of ... read more»

#8
Currituck Beach Lighthouse
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Before 1875, ships sailing by the North Carolina coast faced an 80-mile "blind spot" between Bodie Island and Virginia's ... read more»

#9
Bodie Island Lighthouse Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: This thrice-built, black-and-white lighthouse sits south of Nags Head on Bodie Island. The first incarnation fell due to poor construction ... read more»

#10
North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: If you want to see what animals you're sharing the water with when you're splashing around on the ... read more»

#11
Tanger Outlets Nags Head Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: This Nags Head outlet mall runs along Hwy 158 and features stores like J. Crew Factory, Nine West Outlet and ... read more»

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