The Outer Banks are the 200 mile long barrier islands off the North Carolina coast. With endless recreation, dining and entertainment opportunities, the Outer Banks is a major tourist attraction for beachgoers and vacationers around the world. Learn more about the Outer Banks below. We have provided maps, photos and informative write-ups on the towns, events and other details that make this area so special.
For an engaging hands-on taste of history visitors make a point of spending time at the waterfront grounds of the Currituck Heritage Park. Here one finds The Whalehead Club, a restored magnificent home along the sound. Many couples have made these grounds their wedding destination. Also on the grounds are the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education with exhibits that connect visitors with the history of hunters, fishing and watersports on the northern Outer Banks and the Currituck Lighthouse providing a spectacular aerial view, while a soundside walkway and dock provide amazing marsh views! Not to be missed are "Under the Oaks" Arts Festival or the Fourth of July Fireworks both held at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla. Corolla is a modern beach destination in historic Currituck County!
From the July 4th Parade to the “Turkey Trot” at Thanksgiving and seasonal offerings such as the Duck Jazz Festival and shows at the Duck Town Park. This town knows how to relax and enjoy the finer things of life! Kayaking, biking, surfing and fishing are among countless things to do! The lure of surf fishing and the lore of hospitality in restaurants and shops draw out the best for recreation; don’t miss a visit to the Army Corps of Engineers Pier, well known for the giant “CRAB” (Coastal Research Amphibious Buggy) and its Field Research Facilities for waves and coastal studies.
Nags Head is a vibrant town with seemingly endless events and recreation opportunities. Annual events such as the infamous St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Outer Banks Seafood Festival and the Frank Stick Memorial Art Show held on Gallery Row at Glenn Eure’s Ghost Fleet Gallery draw people year after year. The Village at Nags Head runs from ocean to sound and offers great indoor and outdoor space at the ocean for receptions. Large and moderate single family homes, investment properties, condos, and town homes bring a healthy mix of permanent residents and visitors seeking a seaside vacation and recreation to the town. The town boasts the only hospital, The Outer Banks Hospital, and a mix of local and franchised stores and restaurants. The Nags Head Golf Links is a Scottish links-style championship golf course is “nestled into the natural, windswept environment of the Outer Banks where sand dunes and rugged coastline create a different golfing experience.” Classic fishing piers (Nags Head Fishing Pier and the Outer Banks Fishing Pier) and Jeanette’s Pier (Historical landmark constructed in 1939 rebuilt and operated by the North Carolina Aquariums Society) emphasize the importance of recreational fishing. Locations such as the Windmill Point Outer Banks Events Site, Jockey’s Ridge State Park (tallest sand dune on the East Coast) attract locals and tourists for hang gliding lessons, kite festivals and the annual Seafood Festival to name a few. The Nags Head Elementary School is close by and there are many coffee shops, surf shops, restaurants as well as outlet shops at Tanger Outlet Mall. Beach Renourishment came to Nags Head a couple of years ago and has added value to oceanfront and beach properties, providing improved stability along the coastline. Nags Head is also a destination wedding favorite!