Adventures You Need to Try in the Outer Banks

Explore Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is a popular Outer Banks attraction. This Cape Hatteras National Seashore protected area covers roughly 6,000 acres and over 25,000 acres of water.

Horseback riding on the beach

They provide 3-hour guided beach trips year-round. You must pre-book online. No riding experience? Fill out a form and they match you with one of their magnificent horses depending on your requirements.

Explore downtown Manteo

The Outer Banks and its communities were unfamiliar to me before my first visit. The Airbnb I stayed at was in Manteo, so I felt lucky! Tucked away on Roanoke Island east of the barrier islands.

Visit Jockey s Ridge State Park

NC's 41 state parks include one in the OBX barrier islands, which is unique! The highest surviving sand dune in the east is at Jockeys Ridge State Park near Nags.

Go on a road trip

Driveability is one of my favorite things about the OBX! The Bypass (US Highway 158) and Beach Road (NC Highway 12) are the main highways. I propose a lovely road trip on NC Highway 12.

Visit Bodie Island Lighthouse

Though simple, viewing the dawn at Bodie Island Lighthouse may be my favorite Outer Banks activity. Any OBX visitor must see this hidden treasure south of Nags Head!

Book a kayak tour

Coastal Kayak offers another daring OBX activity: kayak tours! Because of the positive reviews, I want to go on a tour next time I visit the OBX.