Best Times to Visit Outer Banks
Most locals and out-of-towners arrive during the summer months when the temperatures are the warmest. But the best times to visit the Outer Banks are from March to May or September to November, when rates drop and crowds dissipate. Similar to other parts of the Southeast, the temperatures stay relatively warm and humid – with average highs hitting the upper 80s in the summer – until the winter months, when the weather dips into the 40s and 50s. Keep in mind that during the offseason some attractions, as well as restaurants and shops, may close or operate under more limited hours.
Weather in Outer Banks switch to Celsius/mm
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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center
Temperatures begin to warm up, and hotel rates are still pretty low this from their offseason winter dip.
Finding an affordable hotel in the peak season is a challenge; accommodations are booked solid, so plan your summer visit at least three or four months in advance. The event schedule booms in the summer to take advantage of the warm temperatures. But it can get hot and humid, so don't forget to hydrate.
At around 60 degrees Fahrenheit, temperatures are just warm enough to enjoy yourself outside of the water. Prices have also dropped considerably from the summer rates.
Most of OBX's top things to do are outdoor activities; still they're also open year-round. Better yet, hotel rates are more affordable this time of year. But pack your coat as temperatures dip into the low 40s.
Popular Times to Visit Outer Banks
Average Tourist Volume
Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.
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