What to See in addition to Do on the Outer Banks

When the beach isn't enough... Photo © past times Judy Wells.
When y'all tire of lolling on the beach, at that spot is plenty on North Carolina's Outer Banks (OBX) to proceed y'all together with the kids entertained. In fact our grouping of move writers were together with thence busy seeing together with doing that nosotros never had a direct chances to loll anywhere.

Roanoke island

Board The Elizabeth II at Roanoke Island Festival Park. Photo © past times Judy Wells.
 Only spent a few hours inward this charming touristy town, plenty fourth dimension for luncheon together with a brief walk around. Could reckon the replica of the "lost colonists'" send from the docks only missed the North Carolina Aquarium,  Fort Raleigh - Lost Colony
together with The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama, oldest inward country. 
Downtown Manteo. Photo © past times Judy Wells.

Tip: Many of the stores inward Manteo are at the go past times of a flying of stairs.

North Island
Don't missy the exhibits together with speak inward the visitor center. Photo © past times Judy Wells.

Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hill, is 1 of the few places inward the globe where y'all tin sack stand upwards on the exact spot where history happened.
This is just where it happened. Photo © past times Judy Wells.

Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 large boulder marks the spot where the showtime flying took off together with smaller stones (suitable for standing on) grade the landing spots of it together with iii subsequent flights.
Flight began here. Photo © past times Judy Wells.

The amazing story of that showtime flying volition grab your imagination together with the site provides the perfect backdrop for its telling although it looks cipher similar it did when the Wrights were there. There were no trees - those were planted betwixt 1902 together with 1958 - together with at that spot were no dunes. It was 1 windswept loma together with emptiness. Locals, specially the volunteer lifeguards, helped the Wrights for fun, fifty-fifty though it meant hauling their gliders together with planes upwards to the go past times of Kill Devil Hill.
Killdevil Hill inward the background, replicas of the Wrights' workshop, living quarters together with hangar to the right. Photo © past times Judy Wells.

Tip: You don't postulate to walk upwards to the hill; there's non much to reckon together with y'all tin sack campaign if you're curious. Otherwise, steps together with elevations are few.

Pose amongst or travail out the life-sized bronze replica. Photo © past times Judy Wells.
Do halt examine the re-create of that showtime bird on your means out. Kids dear climbing on it together with it makes a smashing photo-opp.

Tip: If you're a pilot, consider flying inward to this however active air field. Wouldn't it last cool to dry reason where the Wrights did?

Whatever, consider man's progress: We went from showtime flying of 120 feet to landing on the Luna inward 66 years (Neil Armstrong carried amongst him a slice of canvas from that master copy plane)!

Hatteras Island

Levelers may last into photographing lighthouses only few of us actually desire to climb to the tops. Consider visiting - it won't accept long - the ii here.

The Gulf Stream together with the Labrador Current were the I-95 of the 18th century  together with amongst ever-changing sandbars extending upwards to xx miles from the island, mariners needed all the assistance they could get. The ii currents encounter at Hatteras Island together with In the days of sail, if the winds were from the Northeast, ships headed North or next the Gulf Stream to Europe had to anchor together with hold off until the winds died downward which could accept days. Between currents, air current together with sandbars, this unsafe stretch became known equally the Graveyard of the Atlantic.
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Photo © past times Judy Wells.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse has an interesting history. At 210-feet high the tallest brick beacon inward the country, it was built inward 1870 some 1,500 feet from the ocean. By 1970, the shifting coast was a mere 120 feet away together with threatening to destroy the landmark. By July 9, 1999 it was dorsum on its foundation 2,900 feet inland, a bodacious project. It resumed its lookout duties inward November. Today the sea is 1,600 feet away.

Bodie Island Lighthouse. Notice it's stripes are horizontal, Hatteras' are diagonal together with thence send captains tin sack correctly position them. Photo © past times Judy Wells.
Bodie Island's refer supposedly is the effect of the bulk of shipwrecked bodies washing upwards here. It was decided inward 1837 that a lighthouse was needed around Bodie Island to assistance southbound ships navigate the unsafe Cape Hatteras. The acquaint Bodie Island Lighthouse is the tertiary 1 - the showtime toppled due to a bad foundation inward 1859, the minute was blown upwards past times retreating Confederate troops inward 1861. The tertiary turned on its Fresnel lens inward 1872. After much renovation, it was opened to visitors this year.
Bodie Island Lighthouse stairs. Photo © past times Judy Wells.

Tip: Bodie Lighthouse is worth going inward to reckon its handsome staircase. Both locales include proficient bath facilities.

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. Photo © past times Judy Wells.
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
 While we're dealing amongst shipwrecks, don't missy the museum dedicated to the to a greater extent than than 1,500 that prevarication off the OBX together with to the area's maritime history.

Fresnel lens - Sherman couldn't uncovering it only y'all can. Photo © past times Judy Wells.
Begun equally a individual museum, it is right away province owned amongst a collection that includes the 1845 French Fresnel lens the Confederates buried together with that Sherman couldn't uncovering to artifacts from shipwrecks together with pirates. The museum store is worth a stop.

NOAA together with OSHA were born here. Photo © past times Judy Wells.

 U.S. Weather Bureau Station  

NOAA together with OSHA were born hither inward this architecturally strange only distinctive two-story edifice that opened Jan. 1, 1902, 1 of xi of the country's showtime official weather condition stations. Staff would accept readings every hr together with relay them to Washington, D.C., via telegraph. On Apr 14, 1912 the operator on duty picked upwards the SOS from the Titanic. When the message was relayed to the Marconi Wireless Co., no 1 believed it. Now an Outer Banks Visitors Center uses one-half of the showtime floor.

Tip: There are 26 steps upwards to the go past times flooring only cipher is at that spot together with thence relieve your energy.

To do:

You won't regret a tour amongst Danny. Photo © past times Judy Wells.
The showtime affair I'd exercise is schedule a tour amongst Danny Couch of Hatteras Tours. He's personable, knowledgeable, a lot of fun together with loves giving visitors within information on his home.

Riding on the beach is a treat. Photo © past times Judy Wells.
Ride through Maritime Forest together with on the beach
Equine Adventures offers rides for all levels of equestrians through a stream-crossed maritime woods to the beach where those who dare tin sack gallop along the sand.

Koru Village is where to caput for blissful, head-to-toe pampering.

Fishing boats may outnumber cars inward Hatteras Village. Photo © past times Judy Wells.
Go Fishing
In August, the Gulf Stream literally touches the shores of Hatteras bringing the large fish amongst it together with anglers to the beach. Heaven for surf casters.

Trophy catcher from Capt. Foster's office. Photo © past times Judy Wells.
If deep sea angling is your affair - together with it's 1 of the biggest attractions hither - caput to the Albatross Fleet at Foster's Quay.  Since 1937 the Foster position unit of measurement has been taking fisherfolk to fish, landing tape catches. Capt. Ernie Foster has been the minute generation guide since 1958.

Fly a Kite
There's ever a air current together with you'll uncovering a huge alternative at www.kittyhawk.com, Waves Village.

Buxton Village Books. Photo © past times Judy Wells.
Read a Book
Read upwards on isle histories (including the infamous BlueBeard), novels together with best sellers at www.buxtonvillagebooks.com.

Wind surf
Apr together with Oct are the premium months for this sport.
Ocracoke Ferry. Photo © past times Judy Wells.

Day trip to Ocracoke
Didn't cause got fourth dimension to accept the ferry from Hatteras Village to Okracoke, only it heads next-time's list.

What to See in addition to Do on the Outer Banks