There’s plenty of Outer Banks attractions and exciting things to do in the beautiful areas surrounding our hotel in Nags Head Outer Banks. Explore the ocean’s edge at Cape Hatteras National Seashore or see where the first permanent English settlement was almost established. Take a guided hike at Jockey’s Ridge State Park or learn about marine life at the North Carolina Aquarium. Outdoor water activities include fishing, scuba diving, canoeing, surfing, sailing, and more. Whether it’s exploring local wildlife, enjoy challenging outdoor activities, or strolling through historic sites, you’ll find something everyone will enjoy during your stay.
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Is the site of the first powered airplane flight on December 17, 1903. The Visitor Center features a full-scale reproduction of the original plan, "The Wright Flyer," and information services, exhibits and the NPS Rangers give talks on the history of the Wright Brothers. Conducted trips to the grounds, complete with reproductions of the Wright's 1902-1903 camp buildings are also available.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
With 70 miles of uninhabited beaches, sand dunes, marshes and woodlands, Hatteras Island offers plenty to explore. Built in 1879, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest in the U.S. and was recently relocated back from the beach. Open April through October. You’ll also find Bodie Island Lighthouse, built in 1872 with the original Fresnel lens still in use today and the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge located between Oregon Inlet and the village of Rodanthe.
Located in the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and open year round, explore ten acres of 16th century-style gardens with beautifully landscaped paths, bordered by flowers, foliage, and priceless antique statuary.
The Lost Colony
America's first and longest running outdoor drama tells the story of the unsolved historical mystery surrounding the first English colonists' struggles to settle the New World. Performed mid-June through late August.
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
Visit the site where Sir Walter Raleigh's explorers and colonists attempted to establish the first permanent English settlement in the New World. Open year round.
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Open year round, take a guided hike and discover the tallest sand dune on the East Coast. The world's largest hang gliding school makes its home here and you’ll find lots of activities for all ages at this state park.
Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve
Enjoy a day outdoors in this 1,000-acre maritime forest with plenty of hiking trails and opportunities for bird watching. Open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
North Carolina Aquarium
Enjoy exhibits, guided tours, and hands-on activities at this educational and research facility by the ocean.
Oregon Inlet Fishing Center
Observe one of the largest fleets of sports fishing boats on the mid-Atlantic Coast. In season, boats return to port around 4 to 5 p.m. with daily catches.
Fishing Piers & Surf Fishing
Fishing is allowed from three local piers or cast your line from the beach. In season, fishing is allowed 24 hours a day from the pier.
Roanoke Island Festival Park
Located across from the Manteo Waterfront, explore the 69-foot square-rigged sailing ship, Elizabeth II, a replica of ships that transported colonists to Roanoke Island in the 16th century. You’ll find plenty of historical and cultural sites in the 8,500 square foot exhibit hall, then venture outside to the outdoor pavilion where live concerts are staged throughout the summer. Enjoy the park year round.
Wright Brothers Memorial
The birthplace of aviation features exhibits, full-scale replicas of gliders, the 1903 flying machine, and an excellent oral interpretation of the history leading up to the first flight. Open year round.
Hang gliding, golf, tennis, wind surfing, kayaking, scuba diving, air tours, canoeing, scenic boat tours, sailing, surf fishing, charter boat fishing, exploring old shipwrecks and strolling the lovely unspoiled beaches.
Lighthouses are unique and interesting landmarks. Visit some or all of the nearby lighthouses and take home photos of their solitary beauty.
- Bodie Island - 15 miles south
- Cape Hatteras - 50 miles south
- Currituck Beach - 30 miles north
- Ocracoke - 85 miles south
While you’re out and about, you may want to try some local cuisine. Any of these fine restaurants would be a great place to relax and rejuvenate for your next adventure.
- Capt. George’s Seafood Buffet
- Carolina Seafood Buffet
- The Dunes
- Jolly Roger
- Kelly’s Restaurant
- Miller’s Seafood and Steakhouse
- Owen’s Restaurant
- Outer Banks Brewing Station
- Mama Kwans
- Kill Devil Grill
- Red Drum
- Flying Fish cafe
- Tortuga's Lie
- Run Down cafe
- Colington Cafe