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From the top-ranked unspoiled beaches, abundant wildlife and outdoor adventures to its rich history, diverse events and many attractions, the Outer Banks offers endless activities for the entire family. Our goal is to keep you smiling during your stay by offering the finest vacation rental homes and unparalleled service to make your vacation a relaxing and memorable experience.

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Leash Laws

Corolla Leash Laws
Leashes are required Corolla, NC however there are no length requirements. For more information, contact Currituck County 252-453-8555.

Duck Leash Laws
Dogs are allowed on the beaches of Duck, NC unleashed, but as a matter of public safety and courtesy, they should be under the watchful eye and contact of their owner. For more information contact the town of Duck at 252-255-1234.

Southern Shores Leash Laws
Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on the beaches of Southern Shores, NC from May 15 - September 15. Year-round leash law. For more information, contact the town of Southern Shores at 252-261-2394.

Independence Day Celebrations

Fireworks Displays

  • Nags Head Pier, Nags Head
  • Avalon Pier, Kitty Hawk
  • The Whalehead Club, Corolla
  • Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo

Town Of Duck Annual 4th of July Parade

Parade registration for Duck’s annual Fourth of July Parade is now open! This year’s parade will be held on
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. with a concert and community social being held immediately following
at the Duck Town Park. The after event includes music by Ruth Wyand & Friends, refreshments, and the
awarding of parade trophies. Click here for more information.

The Annual Independence Day Festival of Fireworks

Food, Fun, and Entertainment for the entire family at Currituck Heritage Park. Fireworks will begin at dusk July 4 overlooking the Currituck Sound. Bring blankets or beach chairs and enjoy the best fireworks display on the Outer Banks. Admission is free. Sponsored by the Currituck County Department of Travel & Tourism. Click here for more information.

Currituck Club Community Parade

  • Come one, come all! Want to participate? Gather at the South Entrance by 9:30 am on July 4
  • From the South Entrance, up Hunt Club Drive, to Currituck Clubhouse Drive…..fire trucks, rescue vehicles, decorated cars and bikes and wagons.
  • Bike decorating will begin at 9:30AM at the South Entrance. Some decorations will be provided. Line-up will be organized at 10:00 to begin the parade at 10:30.
  • The Best Dressed House Contest. Everyone is invited to participate!

Currituck Club Pool Party

  • The main pool from 11:30 - 2:30 on July 4
  • NC BBQ, hamburgers, hot dogs, and all the trimmin's
  • Kids games, prizes and face painting
  • E-Z and the Heat - Live Music!
  • Tickets Required! See the staff at the Fitness Center or Surf Shack.
  • In advance: $10/adult, $6/child,
  • At the door: $12/adult, $8/child

 

Outdoor Adventure

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Outdoor Adventures

The Outer Banks is an adventure lover’s paradise. Miles of pristine beaches, world class fishing and an abundance of water sports keep thrill seekers returning year after year

Wild Horses of Currituck

Wild Horse Adventure Tours Find the Wild Spanish Mustangs and discover some of the most unique sights the Outer Banks has to offer. See the Wild Horses, or YOUR MONEY BACK! Rated #1 Thing to Do in the State of North Carolina by TripAdvisor.com! (252) 489-2020 610 Currituck Clubhouse Drive, Corolla, NC 27927 located just outside of the main gate of the Currituck Club.

Three ways to take your Wild Horse Adventure:
1. Guide driven open-air vehicle
2. Guide driven closed, air-conditioned vehicle
3. Drive a Jeep yourself and follow behind a guide

Back Country Outfitters & Guides offers nature tours in 4WD SUVs, Segways and kayaks. Trained naturalists take you over 30 miles of scenic coastline and provide you with an up-close look at this area’s natural beauty. Reservations can be made up to one week in advance by calling 252-453-0877. Located at 107-C Corolla Light Town Center, Corolla, NC 27927 don’t miss this opportunity to make your vacation truly memorable!

Beach Jeeps of Corolla, located at the Corolla Light Town Center, offers the opportunity to enjoy all the breathtaking sights of the beaches at your own pace. Hop in one of the 4x4 Jeep rentals and begin your trip along the preplanned route that will take you through the unspoiled beaches that are home to the famous Corolla Wild Horses. Be sure to call (252) 453-6141 and make plans to experience this part of history.

Bob's Horse Tours is located at the Inn at Corolla Light, 1066 Ocean Trail, Corolla, NC. 27929. In-season bookings can be made Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. by calling (252) 453-8602. Embark on an unforgettable family adventure with a two hour wild horse tour. The tour will begin by taking you past the Whalehead Club and the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. You will be given an overview of each site and are encouraged to return at your leisure. At that point, you will drive on the beautiful north beaches for two hours and see breathtaking sights. You will be taken to Lewark’s Hill, also known as Pennies Hill, and then to Corova, where the majority of the Corolla Wild Horses reside. There are several small herds and at this time there are nearly 100 freely roaming the area. All tours are given in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle. Take advantage of this opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the northern beaches.

Corolla Jeep Rentals and Tours, "the first company of its kind on the Outer Banks,” is located at 1070 Ocean Trail, Corolla NC 27927. Corolla Jeep combines the traditions of a family run business with GPS technology to give their customers great memories that will last long after they have left the four wheel drive area. Customers can choose from guided or self guided tours to fit their needs. If you choose to go it on your own there is no need to worry, a lesson on driving on the sand as well as a preprogrammed GPS route are part of the package. Corolla Jeep also provides transportation for weddings or groups to the 4x4 area. Call (252) 453-6899 anytime for year round fun!

Corolla Outback provides Vintage Landcruiser Tours. A convoy of self-driven Land Cruisers departs from the beach access ramp past Corolla Village and, the 20 mile tour begins by heading North toward Carova Beach and False Cape Park at the Virginia state line. Enjoy an exclusive viewing of the Wild Horse Reserve while being led by an informative and experienced tour guide. Conveniently located at 1150 Ocean Trail, Corolla, NC 27297 next to the Corolla Post Office, advance reservations are recommended and can be made in person or by calling (252) 453-4484. Don't miss out on this blast from the past!

Fishing

Corolla Bait and Tackle makes it possible to go offshore, inshore, or backcountry fishing. Arrange your trip on a Head Boat or keep your feet on land with Surf Fishing Classes. Rod & Reel Rentals and Crab Pot Rentals are available along with quality bait and crabbing supplies, and free fishing/crabbing instruction. With two locations to serve you, one store is located at 101 Austin Street, Corolla, NC 27927 in the Corolla Light Town Center and the second store is located at 601 Currituck Clubhouse Dr, Corolla, NC in the Shops of Currituck Club. Stop in either location or call 252-453-9500 for more information.

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center and Full Service Marina is located at 98 NC Highway 12 in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 8 miles south of Whalebone Junction at the north end of the Oregon Inlet Bridge in the beautiful Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Behind the Center is a free to the public boat launch facility with ample parking for cars and trailers. Bait, ice, fuel, oil, camping supplies, fishing tackle, boating equipment, clothing, food, beverages and printed copies of North Carolina fishing regulations are all available from the Center’s main store. For more information or reservations call (252) 441-6301 or (800) 272-5199.

Watersports

Corolla Watersports provides paddle boats, golf, and offsite kayak rentals at the front of the store and offers wave runners, parasailing, kayak rentals, kayak tours, boat rentals, and guided fishing trips from the 2000' pier extending into the delightful Currituck Sound. Focusing on fun and safety, Corolla Watersports provides only the best equipment and upgrades to new equipment every season. Add some excitement to your vacation by calling 252-453-6900 or visiting sound side in the Timbuck II Shopping Center, Corolla, NC 27927.

Kitty Hawk Sports prides itself as the oldest and most professional watersports company on the Outer Banks. Browse their large selection of watersports equipment in any of the conveniently located retail stores. In Duck, NC there are two locations, Kitty Hawk Sports (252-261-4989) is located at 1171 Duck Road in Scarborough Lane Shoppes and Kitty Hawk Surf’n Sports (252-261-8770) is located at 1213 Duck Road in Wee Wink Square. Kitty Hawk Sports (252-453-4999) is located at 790 Ocean Trail, Corolla, NC 27927 in the Timbuck II Shopping Center. In addition to the retail stores, be sure to check out the on-the-sound Kitty Hawk Watersports (252-453-6900) facility in the Timbuck II Shopping Center located at 798 Sunset Blvd, Corolla, NC 27927. There are three additional locations along the bypass: 6150 N. Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949 at Milepost ¼ (just off the Wright Memorial Bridge); 3933 S. Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959 at Milepost 12 ½ in Jockey's Ridge Crossing Shopping Center; 6920 S. Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959 Milepost 16 on the Soundside. Whether it is tours, rentals, lessons, or sales, Kitty Hawk Sports is there to get you started with the best equipment and fully trained staff.

Outer Banks Dive Center specializes in meeting the needs of new, advanced and technical divers. Training is offered at all levels from the beginning diver through Technical Instructor Trainer. The Outer Banks Dive Center is an accredited NAUI Career Training Center with Instructor Trainers and Course Directors on staff. The shop is conveniently located at 3917 South Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959 at milepost 12.5 on the by-pass across from Jockey’s Ridge. Come in or call (252) 449-8349 and make plans to explore “The Graveyard of the Atlantic.”

Surf and Skate

Corolla Surf Shop has a wide selection of surfboards, bodyboards, skateboards, skimboards, videos, clothing and accessories. This retail shop also offers surfing equipment rentals and surfing lessons with a number of different classes, both private and in groups, from introductory to advanced levels. There are four convenient locations, two in the Timbuck II Shopping Center at 790 and 807 Ocean Trail, Corolla, NC 27297 (separate locations), one in Monteray Plaza at 55 Sunset Blvd, Corolla NC 27927 (Food Lion Shopping Center), and one in the Currituck Shops at 603 Currituck Clubhouse Drive, Corolla, NC 27297 (Harris Teeter Grocery Store). Call 252-453-WAVE for more information.

Island Revolution located at 1109 Ocean Trail Unit E Corolla, NC 27297 in Corolla Light Town Center is stocked with latest clothing, surf and skate equipment and rentals. Out back of the surf shop you will find a locally designed full concrete 5,000 square foot skate park. Be sure to call (252-453-9484) about the surf lessons, skate clinics and day passes to the park.

Equipment Rentals

Just for the Beach Rentals has “all your beach rental needs!” Conveniently located at 501 Hunt Club Road Corolla, NC 27927 in Ocean Club Centre, Just for the Beach Rentals delivers everything from bikes to baby gear to media systems from Nags Head to Corolla. Choose one of their great beach packages and receive free delivery. Orders can be placed online or by calling 1-866-OBX-RENT.

Moneysworth Beach Home Equipment Rentals makes packing for the beach a breeze. Don't worry about squeezing all those bikes, boogie boards, and beach chairs into your car, let Moneysworth deliver all those items and more right to the door of your vacation rental for free! Conveniently located at 947 W. Kitty Hawk Rd, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949, call 1-800-833-5233 or go online to streamline your vacation planning.

Ocean Atlantic Rentals (1-800-635-9559) takes you from day at the beach to the Big Day with their array of rental services. Add extra TVs to your home, rent bikes for a tour through Duck, or contact the event department about tents for a reception! With free delivery, Ocean Atlantic Rentals is ready to meet all your needs during your stay in the Outer Banks at any of their convenient locations: 103A Corolla Light Town Center, Corolla, NC 27927; 1194 Duck Road, Duck, NC 27949; 2034 S. Virginia Dare Trail at Milepost 10 on the Beach Road; N.C. Hwy 12, Avon on Hatteras Island one mile north of the Food Lion shopping center in the shopping center with T-shirt Whirl, next door to Outer Beaches Realty in Avon.

 

The rich history of the Outer Banks has been thoughtfully preserved so it can be shared for generations to come.  Visit the spot where the Wright Brothers took their first flight, climb a lighthouse or explore the mystery of the Lost Colony on your next visit to learn more about local legacies.

Currituck Heritage Park

The Whalehead Club is located in Currituck Heritage Park in northern Outer Banks which was historically known as a paradise for waterman and shooting enthusiasts. The entrance to Currituck Heritage Park is on your left just before the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. The Whalehead Club sits at the water’s edge. The abundance of wildlife led Edward C. Knight Jr. and his wife Marie Louise LeBel Knight to the area in the late 1800s when Mr. Knight was a member of the shooting club Lighthouse Club of Currituck Sound.  The legend goes that Mrs. Knight was also an avid hunter but because shooting clubs only permitted male members; her husband built her “The Whalehead Club” so that she could also enjoy the annual waterfowl hunt.

The Whalehead Club was built on what was called Corolla Island between 1922 and 1925 for $385,000 and boasted 21,000 square feet of Art Nouveau inspired design.  Features included a gabled copper roof, cork floors, Tiffany fixtures, an elevator, 6,000 square foot basement, a moat and outstanding views of the Currituck Sound.  Over the years the Whalehead Club has changed hands numerous times and operated as a U.S. Coast Guard training facility, as summer school for boys and as rocket fuel test location for the Atlantic Research Company. 

The Whalehead Club

In 1992, after many years of neglect, Currituck County purchased the Whalehead Club and the surrounding 39 soundfront acres and completed a $5 million restoration to return this landmark to its former glory.   Today guests can enjoy walking in the steps of history by taking one of several tours offered 9am-5pm daily year-round. (Except holidays) For additional information contact (252) 453-9040.  The grounds are also a popular and picturesque setting available for weddings and receptions.

The Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education is the newest facility located on the Sound in Currituck Heritage Park. This 22,000 square foot facility which houses classrooms, an auditorium, exhibits and a gift shop opened in 2006. The Center’s focus is to educate the public on conservation, waterfowl and hunting heritage, natural history, local heritage, ecology and fishingThe Center offers exhibits on waterfowl hunting, decoy-making and the wildlife present in this barrier island environment. The Wildlife center also offers many programs for children and adults such as Nature Nuts, a program series for young children ages 3-7 years old; Eco-Explorers, a program series for 8-13 year olds; educator workshops such as WILD, Aquatic WILD and CATCH; wildflower and tree identification workshops, stream investigations and fishing programs.Not only can you learn about the region’s diverse wildlife, but you can also discover how hunting, fishing, decoy-making and boating, all traditional coastal pastimes, reflect the strong connection between the community and its environment. Best of all admission is FREE! For more information contact (252) 453-0221.

Sunset Currituck Lighthouse

Currituck Beach Lighthouse towers over Corolla at 162 feet, the famous red brick structure has provided light for safe passage to passing ships for decades.  Originally constructed from 1873-1875, the lighthouse is one of the few operational lighthouses in the country which allows guests to climb all 214 steps to the upper observation deck which boasts some of the best views of the Outer Banks.  The Lighthouse is located at 1101 Corolla Village Road , Corolla, NC 27927 and is open to climb for a nominal fee daily from Easter through Thanksgiving. Climbing hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except in November, when it closes at 5 p.m. Climbers must go up 15 minutes before closing. During extreme weather situations, especially high winds, the lighthouse can be closed to climbing.

While exploring the Lighthouse grounds you can see Double Light Keeper’s House which was pre-fabricated, shipped by barge and assembled on site in 1876.  This was built to house the original light keepers’ families until the light’s automation in 1939.   The Little Light Keeper’s House was built on the mainland and floated over by barge in 1920 to accommodate the growing needs of the lightkeepers.  This home and the Double Light Keeper’s House fell into grave disrepair and neglect until the 1980s when the Outer Banks Conservationists took over the began restoration.  Today the Little Light Keeper’s House is the location of the Lighthouse Museum Shop and the Double Light Keeper’s House opens to the public once a year for tours.  For additional information, please contact (252) 453-4939

Historic Corolla Village

The Wild Horse Museum is located at 1126 Schoolhouse Lane, Corolla, NC 27927 in the historic Corolla Schoolhouse in Corolla Village at the corner of Corolla Village Road and Schoolhouse Road.  An exact date of construction has not been definitively determined but the school was operational serving the needs of local population by the early 1900s.  One of the most interesting facts about the Schoolhouse is that there is evidence that this historical building was partially constructed using salvaged ship’s timbers.  In its time the schoolhouse was the center of the town’s activities by acting as a community center for village meetings, concerts, plays, dances and carnivals. 

Restoration of the schoolhouse by local preservationists began in 1999 and today it is open to the public as the Wild Horse Museum where it operates as an interactive educational museum and museum store.  The museum welcomes guests year round Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm with no admission charge and offers children’s activities June through Labor Day for a nominal fee. For additional information contact (252) 453-8002

Corolla Chapel was built in 1885. A plain frame, front-gabled building with beaded pine walls and ceilings and a louvered belfry that was constructed at 1136 Corolla Village Road Corolla, NC 27927 to serve the spiritual needs of the local community. In 2002, 115 years after its originial construction, the chapel was moved to its current location and additional space was added on to accommodate the growing population.  The Corolla Chapel can be visited today across the street from its original location.  Non-denominational services are held on Sundays and the chapel has also become a popular location for many of the seaside weddings hosted on the Outer Banks.  For additional information call (252) 453-4224 or visit

Currituck Banks Estuarine Research Reserve Access Trail is is located off Route 12 in Ocean Hill just before the end of the paved road and 4 x 4 access. One of the most enjoyable activities for wildlife and birding enthusiasts on the northern Outer Banks is a journey down the boardwalk of the access trail located within the 960 acre North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve.  This two thirds of a mile long trail winds to the Sound past ancient live oaks, yaupons, wax myrtles, loblolly pines and bayberries.  What makes the walk amazing is that it traverses through several coastal eco-systems such as a maritime evergreen forest, swamp forest and brackish marsh.  Along the path are benches and educational kiosks and at the end a serene sound side setting that will stir the soul.

Outer Banks Historic Sites

The Wright Brothers National Monument commemorates the birth of flight, which took place in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on December 17, 1903. Orville and Wilber Wright achieved a 12 second flight that would forever alter the course of history.  Wilber Wright was born on April 16, 1867 in Millville, IN and Orville Wright was born on August 19, 1871 in Dayton, Ohio.  The brothers operated a bicycle repair shop which lead them into bicycle manufacturing in the late 1800’s and eventually into experimentation with kites and gliders.  The Wright Brothers made their first trip to Kitty Hawk, NC in 1900 lured to the remote area by the ideal conditions of wind, sand and hilly terrain.

Today the Wright Brothers National Monument located at Milepost 7.5 on U.S. Highway 158 in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina commemorates the achievements of the Wright Brothers.  The national park includes a visitor’s center which includes exhibits and reproductions of the first gliders.  Visitors can also experience the breathtaking panoramic views of the Outer Banks when they climb the hill to the 60ft. Plyon which marks the spot of where the first plane took flight.  Daily admission to the park is free for anyone under 15 years old and $4.00 for adults 16 and older.  The park holds many special activities for kids.  One of the most popular “Especially for Kids” program is “Kite Flight” which is a kite building and flying demonstration so be sure to check the visitor center calendar of events.  The Wright Brothers National Monument is open year round, 7 days a week from 9am-6pm in the summer and 9am-5pm September- May.  (Closed Christmas)

Sand Dunes

Jockey's Ridge State Park is one of the most significant landmarks on the Outer Banks. The entrance to the park, Carolista Drive, is in the town of Nags Head at milepost 12 on the Hwy 158 Bypass (South Croatan Highway). The Park is home to the tallest natural sand dune system in the Eastern United States.  It is often referred to as “A Living Dune” because the shifting winds on the Outer Banks are constantly changing the shape of the dunes.  Jockey’s Ridge is rich in wildlife and encompasses three distinct ecological environments: dunes, maritime thicket and Roanoke Sound Estuary making it a thrilling place for nature lovers to explore.

Thrill seekers will also find Jockey’s Ridge exciting as it is one of the premier locations in the country for hang gliding and sand boarding.  It is an excellent location for kite flying and in the evenings it is one of the most gratifying hikes to climb the dune and watch a magnificent sunset over the Roanoke Sound.

The park is opens daily year round at 8am and be sure to check the Calendar of Events for special programs which are all free and open to the public. 

Elizabethan Gardens is a 10.5 acre public located within the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site adjacent to Waterside Theatre at 1411 National Park Drive, Manteo, NC.  The Garden where created as a living memorial to the first English colonists who came to America between 1584-1587. In 1951 the Garden Club of North Carolina adopted the Elizabethan Garden project and on Virginia Dare’s birthday August 18th in 1955 the Gardens opened to the public.  Today visitors can enjoy touring the meticulously maintained gardens to see a variety of plants, trees, wildflowers and shrubs that always offer something new to see and smell with the changing with the seasons.  Some of the highlights include the Queen’s Rose Garden, the Sunken Garden, Overlook Terrace and ancient live oak that is over 400 years old.

The Gardens are open 7 days a week year round (closed some holidays) and admission for children under 5 is free.  Admission tickets for children 5-19 years old are $5 and adult tickets are $8.  The Elizabethan Gardens is an ideal outdoor setting for weddings and a meeting hall is also available for special events.  Your trip will not be complete without a stop in the gift shop where plants propagated in the Garden nursery are sold.  Be sure to take advantage of all of the Gardens programming.

Roanoke Island Festival Park is a 25 acre island across from the Manteo waterfront that marks and celebrates the location of the first English colony in America.  In 1584, 23 years before the permanent settlement of Jamestown, Sir Walter Raleigh was given a patent by Queen Elizabeth to discover lands in the New World and claim land for England.  His expedition landed on Roanoke Island where he encountered Native Americans from the Algonquian Nation.  He returned to England with two powerful chieftains from the Croatan, known as Manteo and Wanchese to the delight of the Queen who then knighted Sir Walter Raleigh for his success.  In 1587 Raleigh sent another expedition to the new world with around 116 settlers most of whom were families. However, England was on the brink of war with Spain so the Queen would not allow any ships to return to the new world.  Three years later when ships finally arrived the crew found the village deserted.  Thus the mystery of the “Lost Colony” began and still lives today.

The Lost Colony gives visitors to Roanoke Island’s Waterside Theatre a glimpse into the setting of one of this country’s greatest mysteries. Written by North Carolina's Pulitzer prize-winning playwright, Paul Green, and produced by the Roanoke Island Historical Association, The Lost Colony portrays the lives of the first colonists to settle in the New World in 1587. Harsh winters, low supplies, and hostilities with the local Native Americans tested the endurance of these brave men, women and children. In the summer of 1587, Governor John White made a return trip to England to assemble additional supplies for the colony. Delayed by England’s war with Spain, Governor White was unable to return to Roanoke Island until 1590. Upon his arrival, he found no trace of the colonists, just the word “CROATOAN” carved into a post.

Audiences of all ages spend summer nights enthralled by this blend of fictional accounts and historical events. The show is performed May 30th - August 20th, Monday – Friday at 8:30 PM (252) 473-2127). Located at 1409 National Park Drive in Manteo, NC 27954, the Waterside Theater is not far from the ill-fated sight of the vanished settlement. The Lost Colony is the earliest and longest running historical outdoor drama with over four million visitors since its beginning in 1937. Currently, the cast and crew are led by Four-time Tony Award Winning Production Designer William Ivey Long and Emmy-nominated Executive Director/ Producer Carl Curnutte. A true original, the Lost Colony has been the foundation for many distinguished individuals from Andy Griffith to North Carolina Senator Marc Basnight.

Roanoke Island Festival Park offers a variety of activities that explore its historical significance. The Elizabeth II is a 16th century style sailing ship similar to the kind of ship Sir Walter Raleigh would have traveled in on his expedition to the new world.  It was commissioned as part of the 400th anniversary of the Roanoke voyages in the 1980s.  Today visitors can hear the history of the voyages brought to life by the sailors dressed in period garb. 

The Settlement Site offers a glance into what life was like for the first settlers.  Here you can learn about the arts and crafts employed such as carpentry, shoemaking, leather and canvas works.  16th century warfare techniques are also demonstrated and you can even try on some of the armor. 

The Roanoke Adventure Museum offers the opportunity to participate in interactive exhibits that teach about life in the first English colony.  Here you can dress in traditional clothing and learn about the Blackbeard and the shipwrecks in the Graveyard of the Atlantic.  Be sure to check the Calendar of Events for all of the wonderful family programming at Roanoke Festival Park!

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Golf

Golfers will be delighted with the variety of golf courses to play on and around the Outer Banks.  Scenic courses wind in between live oaks, along the marshes of the Sound and some even offer ocean views.

On the Beach

The Currituck Club is located at 620 Currituck Clubhouse Drive, Corolla, NC 27927 and is the only 18 hole semi-private golf course on the northern Outer Banks that is open to the public.  The scenic championship golf course was designed by Rees Jones and winds through the premier gated community in the area stretching across 6,885 yards of remarkably diverse coastal terrain and along the Currituck Sound.  This course was rated one of the "10 Best New Places You Can Play" by Golf Magazine and in May of 1999 Golf Digest recognized The Currituck Club as one of the "Top 25 Courses in North Carolina."  In 2004 it was rated Golf Digest Best Places to Play. 

The Clubhouse at the Currituck Club features a fully stocked Pro Shop and dining facilities and full bar at “Bunker’s Grill.”   Outstanding golf professionals offer group and private lessons and gift certificates are also available.

In late 2007 the Currituck Club began replacing its greens and in April of 2008 every spectacular green will be bentgrass L93.  The Currituck Club will be the ultimate course to play on your beach vacation this year!

Seascape Golf Links is a Scottish- style links course located among the windswept sand dunes at 300 Eckner Street Kitty Hawk, NC.  This diverse course which is open to the public hosted the 2000 North Carolina Open and has an exciting tournament schedule for those competitive golf enthusiasts.  

After a satisfying round of golf you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or a snack at the full service restaurant, Sully's at Sea Scape which features a full bar and daily specials.  While visiting the Clubhouse you can also pick up anything you might need from the Pro Shop which offers both men’s and women’s lines and golf club rentals.

golferNags Head Golf Links is located at 5615 S. Seachase Drive Nags Head, NC 27959 in an idyllic setting along the shoreline of the Roanoke Sound which provides breathtaking views.  The 18 hole course developed by architect Bob Moore, was designed to be enjoyed by players of all abilities.  The coastal environment affords pleasant conditions year round but the coastal winds often present a challenge prompting Golf Digest to call the Links "the longest 6,126 yards you'll ever play," when featured in 1991. Golf Digest went on to say the holes along the Roanoke Sound are "among the most beautiful in the Eastern U.S."  For these reasons Golf Digest deemed the Nags Head Golf Links a 4½ star winner and Golfweek named it in its top 50.   The course has also been featured in Southern Links making it a favorite among golfers who enjoy the game the way it was meant to be.

The Nags Head Golf Links also features the Links Grille which is a spacious sound side bar and grill which features outstanding sunset views and has become a popular location for special events and weddings.  Visit the fully stocked Pro Shop for information about group clinics and private lessons offered by PGA professionals or to browse their selection of fine golf equipment

On the Mainland

Carolina Club is a challenging 7,000 yard par 72 golf course located at 127 Carolina Club Drive, Grandy, NC 27939 just minutes from the beach.  This well groomed bent grass course with lush Bermuda fairways meanders through wetlands and woodlands and features the par 3 island green.  The large greens and rolling fairways offer a challenge but are accessible to golfers of all levels. 

During your visit to the Carolina Club be sure to visit the fully stocked Pro Shop where you can find most anything a golfer needs and where gift certificates are available for purchase.  Here you can arrange for lessons taught by PGA Professionals or special order any item you might need.  While at the Clubhouse be sure to stop into the snack bar or a bite or to enjoy a cold beverage.

The Pointe Golf Club USGA bentgrass green course, located at 308 Pointe Golf Club Dr Powells, Point, NC 27966 is surrounded by the natural beauty of wax myrtles, pines and cypress and is open to the public.  Its greens have a reputation for being fast so the best advice is to start off in the 30,000 sq. foot natural turf practice area where the grass is maintained exactly like the course which helps by replicating actual playing conditions.  The course architect Russell Breeden designed the course to for all skill levels which is why it is regarded as one of the “most playable” Outer Banks golf courses. 

While visiting the Pointe enjoy breakfast and lunch at Keefer’s Bar and Grille which just underwent a renovation and will re-open in the summer of 2008 in a newly expanded space.  Also make it “A Point” to visit the fully stocked Prop Shop to inquire about private and group lessons or to purchase any needed golf accessories.

Kilmarlic Golf Club is conveniently located at 215 Westside Lane, Powells Point, NC 2796 just 4 miles from the Wright Memorial Bridge in a 605 acre resort like community setting.  This 18 hole championship course wraps along a Ducks Unlimited wetlands preserve through a maritime forest to the Albemarle Sound.  The Tom Steele designed course which was host to the 2004 North Carolina Open, was created as a true partnership between nature and golf. 

In 2008 the $7,000 sq. foot Kilmarlic Clubhouse opens and will house a full-service restaurant and bar which will serve breakfast and lunch, a pro shop, private party facilities and spacious outdoor porches and patios.  It is wonderful setting for a relaxing afternoon after a challenging day on the links.

Course Tees Yardage* Par Rating* Slope*
The Currituck Club Black, Blue, White, Red 6885 72 74 136
The Carolina Club Black, Gold, Blue, White, Red 6952 72 74.3 134
Kilmarlic Golf Club Championship, Men's, Seniors, Ladies 6412 72 72.2 133
Nags Head Golf Club Black, Blue, White, Red 6126 71 71.2 138
The Pointe Golf Club Gold, Blue, White, Red 6343 71 70.3 127
Sea Scape Golf Club Black, Blue, Red, White 6409 72 70 127

* From Championship Tees.

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Corolla Restaurants

Metropolis Martini and Tapas Bar is located at 520K Old Stoney Road, Corolla (252) 453-6167. For a swanky evening of cocktails and ambiance check out Metropolis with their extensive drink and tapas menu. Reservations for parties of 6 or more recommended; no kids menu.Known as the hip urban hangout in Corolla, Metropolis is open 5pm-til… year-round! COLD TAPAS! HOT TAPAS! MARTINIS & COCKTAILS! BEER! WINE! OTHER GOOD STUFF!

Reviewed in the October 2007 issue of Departures: “Metropolis serves amazing dishes such as gnocchi with truffle oil, salmon tartare and shrimp and avocado salad.”

Reviewed in the December 2007 issue of DC Modern Luxury: “The colorful town of Corolla is a classic Outer Banks spot for raw bars and pizza parties.For something a bit more sophisticated, head to Metropolis Little Bar and Bistro a chic tapas and martini joint in the Ocean Club Centre.”

Pizza Guy is located at the Food Lion plaza (252) 453-9976. Offering a wide selection of pizza, subs, salads, wings and deserts available for dine in, take out or delivery from Duck to Corolla.Outdoor dining, beer on site and occasionally live music.Open Easter through Thanksgiving from 11:00am-10:00pm. VIEW MENU!

Smokey’s Restaurant (252) 453-4050. Located at the Pine Island Diner next to the Hampton Inn, this family style restaurant features homemade North Carolina style barbecue, Southern fried chicken, barbecued ribs, seafood, burgers and more. A favorite for lunch and dinner, they have something for adults and kids. VIEW MENU!

Shoppes at The Currituck Club

Bunkers Grille and Bar is located in The Currituck Club Clubhouse (252) 453-0926. Open to the public 7 days a week from 11am-3pm, a variety of delicious lunch options are offered. VIEW LUNCH MENU! Bunkers Grille is also available for private events, luncheons and weddings. SPECIAL EVENT INFORMATION! VIEW CATERING MENU!

Pizzazz Pizza is located at 603E Currituck Clubhouse Drive (252) 453-8858. Open year round 11:30am-8pm, 9pm on weekends in the off season and extended hours in the summer. Offering a wide selection of pizzas, snacks, subs and salads.Delivery is Available in Duck and Corolla. VIEW MENU!

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Bad Bean Taqueria is located at 785A Sunset Blvd, Corolla (252) 453-4380. Using fresh and simple ingredients and authentic flavors and techniques, Bad Bean Taqueria defines true Mexican cuisine in Corolla in a casual family friendly atmosphere.Open Easter through early November, Thanksgiving and Christmas 7 days a week from 11:00am-9:00pm. VIEW MENU!

Big Bucks Ice Cream is located at 794 F Sunset Boulevard, Corolla (252) 453-3188 in the Timbuck II Shopping Center. Open March through November; drop in to try one of their 57 homemade ice cream flavors. In the mood for something else? They also offer specialty coffees, ice cream cakes, milkshakes, and more!

First Light is located at 793 C Sunset Boulevard, Corolla (252) 453-4664. Open mid-March through December, the friendly atmosphere of this family establishment compliments the down home food. Serving homemade biscuits, waffles and omelets for breakfast and juicy burgers and sandwiches for dinner, this kid friendly restaurant is one for the whole family!

La Dolce Vita is located at 798 Sunset Boulevard, Corolla (252) 453-0069. Coastal Italian dining, featuring fresh daily specials, and sunset views in a casual atmosphere. Were all about family, friends, and good food!

Giant Slice Pizza is located 785 H Sunset Boulevard, Corolla (252) 453-3199. Serving authentic hand tossed New York pizza with over 15 different toppings for dine in, carry out or delivery. This slice of heaven has been a Corolla staple for over a decade. VIEW MENU!

The Fin & Claw Sea Grill is located at 790 Sunset Boulevard, Corolla (252) 453-4077. specializes in a seasonally inspired menu with selections of Seafood, Beef, Chicken and Pork.

Mike Dianna’s Grill Room is located at 796 A Sunset Boulevard, Corolla (252) 453-4336. With a daily menu and extensive wine list, there is something for everyone! With enough room for rehearsal dinners, intimate weddings and family gatherings, this soundside establishment is perfect for any occasion. Open daily at 5pm, reservations are recommended.

North Banks Restaurant and Raw Bar is located at 794 G Sunset Boulevard (252) 453-3344. Known for fresh seafood and a casual atmosphere, North Banks is open for lunch and dinner. While filet and lobster are the most coveted entrees, the selection of fresh local fish and raw bar offer a taste of coastal cuisine. LUNCH MENU! DINNER MENU!!

Route 12 Steak and Seafood Co. is located at 786 C Ocean Trail, Corolla (252) 453-4644. Serving traditional fair of Steaks, Ribs, Pasta, and Seafood Specialties for lunch and dinner, the attention to detail combined with the relaxed atmosphere makes Route 12 a great choice for family dining. VIEW MENU!

Steamers Shellfish To Go is located at 798 B Sunset Boulevard (252) 453-3305. If you want a night in without the hassle of preparing dinner, order a Steamer Pot To Go. Everything is made fresh daily. Corolla’s version of a traditional clambake is a favorite that includes your choice of shellfish, corn on the cob, red potatoes, onions and accessories such as claw crackers, butter, cocktail sauce and lemons. Just place it on the stove, add water and allow the pot to steam for 20 minutes. Personal chef services and catering is also available. VIEW MENU!

Monteray Plaza

Bacchus Wine and Cheese is located at 891 Albacore Street, Corolla (252) 453-4333. This gourmet deli features Boars Head meat and cheese as well as scrumptious sides and desserts. You can certainly make your order to go, but why not eat in and enjoy a bottle of beer or choose from one of the 4,000 bottles of wine.

Dairy Queen is located at 807 Ocean Trail, Corolla (252) 453-3130. Serving up the quick food and ice cream concoctions that make this national chain a household name.

Lighthouse Bagels is located at 807 Ocean Trail, Corolla (252) 453-9998. Start the day right with a fresh-brewed coffee and a choice of fresh-baked bagel, pastry or muffin. For lunch or dinner, they offer sandwiches featuring Boars Head meats and fresh-baked bread.

Outer Banks Coffee Company is located at 807 L Ocean Trail, Corolla (252) 453-0200. This cheerful shop is enough to get anyone up on the right side of the bed. With a large variety of beans roasted right in the shop, your senses will be awakened with delight. Serving traditional coffee beverages and teas, the shop has sweet treats to accompany your beverage of choice. Need to stay connected on vacation? Pick up a paper at the newsstand or hop onto the wireless internet.

Philly Steak Subs is located at 807 Ocean Trail, Corolla (252) 453-4239. Authentic Philadelphia style cheese steaks are created with marinated steak, chipped on the grill and served on a split-top roll with your choice of fixings. Oven baked subs and burgers also grace the menu with indulgent sides of French fries and onion rings.

Sooey's BBQ and Rib Shack is located at 807 B Ocean Trail, Corolla (252) 453-4423. This eat in or take out restaurant serves up all the North Carolina staples such as Carolina pork barbecue, ribs, beef brisket, pulled barbecue chicken and Southern fried chicken. With healthy servings of mac-n-cheese, potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans, corn bread, onion rings and hushpuppies, you will not leave here hungry!

Subway is located at 885 Ocean Trail, Corolla (252) 457-1080. This national chain is known for made-to-order subs, wraps and salads. The perfect stop before a long day on the beach or grab your sub and chips for am easy picnic.

Sundogs Sportsbar and Grill is located at 807 Ocean Trail, Corolla (252) 453-GAME (4263). This corolla hangout is a fun family restaurant for lunch and dinner. After 10pm, they cater to an older crowd with fully stocked bar, 11 TVs, a pool table, and trivia games.

Tomato Patch is located at 803 Albacore Street, Corolla (252) 453-4500. The Tomato Patch offers gourmet pizzas with a variety of traditional and more creative toppings (like grilled eggplant). Not in the mood for a pie? They also offer calzones, pasta dishes and fresh salads. In the mood for seafood? Try the fish and chips or the classic po' boy sandwich. Open for lunch and dinner, they boast a fully stocked bar named Dr. Unks Oasis for the adults to kick back and unwind.

Corolla Light Town Center

Corolla Bagels is located at 1109 C Ocean Trail, Corolla (252) 453-8877. This bagel shop serves up fresh bagels and breakfast burritos and rounds out their menu with scrumptious deli stle bagel sandwiches for lunch and dinner.

Cosmo’s Pizza is located at 110 C Corolla Light, Corolla (252) 453-4666. For a hungry crowd, you cannot go wrong with pizzas, subs and salads made from scratch with fresh meats, vegetables, sauces, dough and cheese blends. Build a custom pie or enjoy one of the 22 house specials. Open in-season for lunch and dinner.

Donkey Hotay’s is located at 1159 C Ocean Trail, Corolla (252) 453-8877. Open March through December, this unique take-out only restaurant provides Mexican inspired dishes with a twist. Tacos, burritos and more (all made from scratch) are not only delicious but budget friendly as well.

Fat Crabs Rib Company is located at 1210 Ocean Trail, Corolla (252) 453-9931. Serving local take-out April through October, this restaurant serves up North Carolina barbecue, St. Louis ribs, rotisserie chicken and other crowd pleasers. The also have the simple and delicious steamed seafood pots loaded with your choice of seafood and seasoned vegetables.

Bambino's Little Italy is located at 1066 Ocean Trail, Corolla (252) 453-4004. Italian-American cuisine with a focus on fresh local seafood and vegetables. The wine list is delicious and affordable, and they’ve added a few outdoor seats from which to enjoy lunch or dinner. A family-friendly atmosphere prevails, and a kids menu is available as well.

Northern Light Pastries and Coffee is located at 807 L Ocean Trail (252) 453- 0201. Northern Light offers a wide assortment of specialty pastries, delicious coffees and special occasion cakes. Just like their companion shop, The Outer Banks Coffee Company in Monterey Plaza, beans are roasted on site.

Outer Banks Cheese Steaks is located at 1109 Ocean Trail J, Corolla  (252) 453-0344. These cheese steaks are a perfect blend of meat, grilled vegetables and cheese. Watch them whip them up fresh on the flat top grill according to your specifications.

Historic Corolla Village

Corolla Pizza and Deli is located at 1152 Ocean Trail, Corolla (252) 453-8592. Serving take-out only, this restaurant offers New York style pizza, hot and cold subs, sandwiches, Philly cheese steaks and more. With free delivery after 5 p.m., they are open almost all year round for lunch and dinner. This is the answer if you are looking for a convenient and hearty meal. VIEW MENU!

Corolla Village Barbecue is located at 1129 Corolla Village Road, Corolla (252) 457-0076. The delicious aroma of barbequed pork, ribs and chicken draws locals and visitors alike. While carry out only, a convenient picnic area is close by and affords a casual and rustic atmosphere. With soft serve ice cream as an after dinner treat, this is an experience the whole family will enjoy.

 

Duck Restaurants

Off Duck Road

Aqua S Restaurant is located at 1174 Duck Road, Duck (252) 261-9700. This new restaurant is situated directly on the sound at what used to be Swan Cove. The approach is great food that we all love with local and organic ingredients to tantalize our taste buds. The sunset views and gregarious staff make lunch or dinner at Aqua S a treat. Not to mention the presence of a full service spa, Aqua Essence, on the second level that welcomes you for a day of pampering!

Baldies Burgers is located on 1215 Duck Rd, Duck (252) 261-2660. Open year round, this walk up and order eatery serves up a hearty and wholesome selection for breakfast lunch and dinner. With traditional biscuits and burritos for breakfast and favorites from the grill, stop by anytime and enjoy your meal at one of the nearby picnic tables.

Cravings Coffee Shop is located at 1211 Duck Road, Duck (252) 261-0655. Pop into the original coffee spot in Duck, for a sampling of their delicious bakery items and a jolt of java. Wireless internet and a wide array of newspapers are available to keep you up to date.

Duck Deli is located at 1223 Duck Road, Duck (252) 261-3354. Duck Deli offers an alternative to seafood with their Carolina-style pork barbecue and Kansas City-style beef and chicken barbecue. Served with traditional sides, you can also order delicious soups, salads and sandwiches. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner this well known eatery is a must have for comfort food. VIEW MENU!

Red Sky Café is located at 1197 Duck Road, Duck (252) 261-8646. The café offers a smorgasbord of delicious favors with menu items ranging from wood-fired pizzas, filet mignon, duck and seafood to pasta creations, sandwiches, soups, and salads. The daily specials are inventive and well priced. This is a must stop for lunch or dinner. If you are in the mood to stay in, you can take advantage of “Chefs on Call” which is where they cook for you in the comfort of your own home. VIEW MENU!

Sunset Grille and Raw Bar is located at 1245 Duck Road, Duck (252) 261-3901. With indoor and outdoor dining designed to take care of the sound views, this Caribbean themed restaurant is a casual fun dining experience for the whole family. With a traditional coastal menu flavored with an island twist, Sunset is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and later for the of age crowd. Live entertainment and karaoke offered frequently. VIEW MENU!

The Roadside Bar & Grill is located at 1193 Duck Road, Duck (252) 261-5729. Snug in an original beach cottage, the southern style contemporary food draws crowds onto their patio and into their cozy inside booths. Casual comfort food for lunch is transformed with eclectic entrees at dinner time. Start with a mojito and warm mushroom salad and finish up with the shrimp and grits, you will leave relaxed and satisfied.

Osprey Landing

Duck Donuts is located at 1190 Duck Road, Duck (252) 480-3304. These made onsite donuts are custom orders! Hot from the oven, they are coated in vanilla, chocolate, strawberry or maple glaze and adorned with your favorite toppings. Locally roasted coffees and other beverages are available. VIEW MENU!

Hawaiian Island Coffee and Ice Cream is located at 1190 Duck Road, Duck (252) 261-1666. Hawaiian Island offers coffee and espresso based drinks, ice cream, fudge and delicious snowballs in an array of flavors. After you order, enjoy your treat on the sound front deck!

Waterfront Shops

Coastal Cantina is located at 1236 Duck Road, Duck (252) 480-0024. With the same high quality ingredients found in the Coastal Provisions Market in Southern Shores, the Deli serves fresh salads, soups, sandwiches, killer crab cakes, beer and wine. With only a few barstools inside, take advantage of the waterfront decks and enjoy a sunset with your meal. VIEW MENU!

Duck's Cottage Coffee and Books is located at 1240 Duck Road, Duck (252) 261-5510. Come relax on the porch at the Cottage and enjoy freshly roasted coffees, espressos, lattes, teas, biscotti, and pastries. Browse a variety of newspapers and the book display while you take in the charms of this little village. Open at 7am everyday, this little shop will ensure you start the day off right.

Sunset Ice Cream and Cappuccino is located at 1240 Duck Road, Duck (252) 261-3553. Need a pick me up while browsing the Waterfront Shops? Stop by Sunset and enjoy Edy’s ice cream, smoothies, milk shakes, coffee drinks and water views.

The Blue Point is located at 1240 Duck Road, Duck (252) 261-8090. A local and guest favorite for over twenty years, The Blue Point has expanded to accommodate the many fans of their upscale version of Southern classics. Serving lunch and dinner, the menu boasts everything from creative seafood entrées to their signature meatloaf. With stunning views, a full bar and an extensive wine list, make sure to make reservations to ensure your place at the dinner table! VIEW MENU!

Scarborough Faire

Elizabeth’s Café and Winery is located at 1177 Duck Road, Duck (252) 261-6145. The restaurant offers the choice of six-course wine dinners or a la carte items off the menu with your own pairings from the wine list. Wine and champagne tasting can be done at the bar or in the gallery. Reservations are recommended.

Sooey's BBQ and Rib Shack (252) 449-2271. is located at 1177 Duck Road, Duck (252) 449-2271. This eat in or take out restaurant serves up all the North Carolina staples such as Carolina pork barbecue, ribs, beef brisket, pulled barbecue chicken and Southern fried chicken. With healthy servings of mac-n-cheese, potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans, corn bread, onion rings and hushpuppies, you will not leave here hungry!

Tullio’s Pastry Shop is located at 1177 Duck Road, Duck (252) 261-7111. This take out bakery is the place for fresh baked pies, cakes, cannolis and fresh breads. Quench your thirst between bites with one of their frozen coffees. For an eat in experience, try Tullio's Bakery and Cafe in Loblolly Pines.

Scarborough Lane

Beach Day Café is located at 1171 Duck Road, Duck (252) 255-CAFE (2233). The name says it all! Stop in here in the morning to fuel up with coffee and baked goods and then grab the perfect picnic foods for your trip to the beach. Cool treats such as ice cream, Italian ices, and iced beverages cool you off during a break from hitting the local shops.

Fishbones Raw Bar and Restaurant is located at 1171 Duck Road, Duck (252) 261-6991. Traditional entrees get a Caribbean influence in this laid back restaurant. Conch chowder, coconut shrimp, who can choose? Don’t forget the raw bar! Serving lunch and dinner daily, there are TVs in the bar area for the folks who want to kick back for the afternoon. VIEW MENU!

Duck Pizza Company is located at 1171 Duck Road, Duck (252) 255-0099. While the traditional toppings are great, why not try pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, and roasted peppers, or chicken, barbecue sauce, cheddar, and bacon. You can create your own combinations or try other Italian favorites (calzones, stromboli). You can eat in for lunch or dinner but if you would rather relax at home they offer free delivery for certain areas. VIEW MENU!

Loblolly Pines

Pizzazz Pizza is located at 1187 Duck Road, Duck, (252) 261-8822. Open year round 11:30am-8pm, 9pm on weekends in the off season and extended hours in the summer. Offering a wide selection of pizzas, snacks, subs and salads. Delivery is Available in Duck and Corolla. VIEW MENU!

Tullio’s Bakery and Cafe is located at 1187 Duck Road, Duck (252) 261-7112. This eat-in bakery will tempt you to spend the day sampling their pies, cakes, cannolis and fresh breads. Quench your thirst between bites with on of their frozen coffees. With a sister location in Scarborough Faire, this location sets itself apart with its cozy tables, homemade fudge and Italian ices.

The Sanderling Resort

The Left Bank is located at 1461 Duck Road, Duck (252) 261-8419. Bringing a little bit of Paris to the Outer Banks Tuesday through Saturday year round, this upscale restaurant features French inspired cuisine and an intimate setting. Sunset views paired with fine wine and a seasonal array of beef, lamb, and seafood provide you the ultimate indulgence. Tasting Menus are available and reservations are recommended.

The Lifesaving Station is located at 1461 Duck Road, Duck (252) 449-6654. The main restaurant of the Sanderling Resort serves breakfast, lunch and dinner to guests and non-guest alike. Patrons enjoy American cuisine and piece of history during their meal. The restaurant derives its name from the building, which is a restored 1899 U.S. Life Saving Station. Memorabilia decorates the walls and enhances the family atmosphere. Sunday Brunch is a must and dinner reservations are recommended.

Kids Activities

Daily Activities

  • Arts and Crafts
    • Glazin' Go Nuts and Garden of Beadin'
    • Kill Devil Hills Cooperative
  • Explore
    • Currituck Heritage Park
    • Currituck Beach Lighthouse
    • Wild Horse Museum
    • Jockey’s Ridge
    • North Carolina Aquarium
    • Roanoke Island Festival Park
    • Elizabethan Gardens
  • Family Fun
    • Nags Head Bowling Center
    • The Promenade
  • Fishing and Crabbing
    • Oregon Inlet Fishing Center
    • Pirates Cove Yacht Club
  • Golf
    • The Currituck Club
    • Seascape Golf Links
    • Nags Head Golf Links
  • History
    • Wright Brothers National Monument
    • Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
  • Kayaking
    • Kitty Hawk Kites
    • Corolla Watersports
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Local Playgrounds
  • Scuba Dive
    • Outer Banks Dive Center
  • Skateboarding
    • Island Revolution
    • Manteo Skatepark
  • Sports
    • Outer Banks Family YMCA
    • Dare County Parks and Recreation
    • Outer Banks Kids Triathlon
  • Storytelling
    • Island Bookstore
    • Corolla Library
    • Town of Duck
  • Surf Lessons
    • Corolla Surf Shop
    • Island Revolution

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Kid's Activities

Outdoor Adventure Family Vacation

Scheduled Activities

Arts & Crafts

Glazin' Go Nuts and Garden of Beadin' US 158, MP 6, Kill Devil Hills (252) 449-2134

Glazin' Go Nuts, a paint-your-own-pottery studio, is a favorite place for kids and adults to spend a creative afternoon. Studio time costs $7.00 per painter for the day. You buy the pieces you want to paint for an additional charge, from $4.00 to $40.00, with most pieces averaging around $15.00. After you've painted, leave your masterpiece to be fired. It takes about three or four days for the turnover. The studio will ship your works to you if you go home before then. Next door is a sister shop called Garden of Beadin'. It is a full-line bead store with glass, semiprecious stones, and unique specialty beads. The Garden is open year-round, and classes are held in the summer months. Call for days and times.

KDH Cooperative Gallery 502 US 158, MP 8 1/2, Kill Devil Hills (252) 441-9888

The KDH Cooperative Gallery offers arts camps for kids in the summer. Each session rewards kids with art and craft projects they take home at the end of the week. Painting, drawing, sculpting, and printmaking are some of the classes taught by professional artists. Camps are held from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. for five days. The gallery also offers candle-making workshops for ages 6 to 12 and a pottery class for teens (ages 8-13). We teach drawing techniques and ideas to help break down the mental barriers that prevent kids from drawing for fun. Each workshop will be held for two weeks with a homework project in between. Students will work with pencil, chalk, markers, pastel and other drawing media of their choice.

Explore

Outer Banks Wildlife Center Currituck Heritage Park, Corolla (252) 453-0221

The wildlife center offers a variety of special events programs scheduled throughout the year. Specific examples include: Nature Nuts, a program series for young children ages 3-7 years old; Eco-Explorers, a program series for 8-13 year olds; educator workshops such as WILD, Aquatic WILD and CATCH; wildflower and tree identification workshops, stream investigations and fishing programs.

Jockey’s Ridge Nags Head at Milepost 12 on the Hwy 158 Bypass

North Carolina Aquarium Roanoke Island, NC (252) 473-3493

The aquarium leads the Aquatic Adventures Summer Camp for students who have completed the fourth and fifth grades. The camps last for five half-days, with children learning about the Outer Banks waters and habitats through many hands-on activities and field trips. Each weeklong camp concludes with a sleep- over at the aquarium. Also, the aquarium can be rented for sleepover parties among the fishes and sharks.

North Carolina Maritime Museum Roanoke Island Festival Park, NC

Family Fun

Nags Head Bowling Center US 158, Nags Head at Milepost 10 (252) 441-7077

Nags Head Bowling offers fun for kids, but parents bowl peacefully here while their children are totally enthralled. This facility sports kiddie bumpers running the length of the lane, so even barely walking tykes can knock down pins every time. Games cost $4.25 each; shoes rent for $2.75. Nags Head Bowling is open from noon until midnight daily. If you're sensitive to smoke, bowl early in the afternoon. Select from many video games in the entrance, including Tekken 2, Ultimate Mortal Kombat, Ms. Pac-Man, Stargate pinball, and air hockey. You must be 21 to play pool in the on-site bar unless accompanied by an adult. Yes, there is a snack bar!

The Promenade US 158, Kitty Hawk at Milepost 0 (252) 261-4400

The Promenade is one huge family fun center, with an outdoor play park for kids, an indoor arcade with everybody's favorite games, an 18-hole miniature golf course, a chip and putt, an ice-cream parlor, and a driving range. The watersports division offers parasailing, sailing, boating, and personal watercraft. You could spend the whole day and eat at the restaurant, snack bar, and picnic tables on-site. The Promenade is open every day in the summer and closes October through March

Golf

The Currituck Club

Every Monday night in June, July and August Golf Lessons for kids 5-16 years old from 5:30pm-7pm for $35.  This includes golf lessons, range balls, beverages and loaner clubs.  Bunker’s Grill will remain open these nights so that the parents can watch and enjoy.

Seascape Golf Links

Junior Golf Program June-August.  Kids 8-15 years old have the opportunity to receive instruction on and play all on of the Outer Banks golf courses.  Instruction is every Thursday from 4-5pm and play is 3-5pm every Sunday.  Only $150 for the entire summer!

Nags Head Golf Links

Junior Golf  Fridays and Saturdays.  Kids under 16 years old play for free after 4:30pm with a paying adult. Junior Golf Thursdays from June- August $35 for kids 16 and under includes PGA instruction, range balls and a beverage from 5-6pm.

History

Wright Brothers Monument Kill Devil Hills, NC at Milepost 7.5 on the Bypass

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

FREE!!!  That's right.........You're not dreaming. You can become a Junior Ranger at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site without leaving the safety and comfort of your computer screen and receive one of these ultra-neat Junior Ranger Badges.In just a few days you will receive your Junior Ranger Badge. If you visit the park in person during the summer months, we have a Roanoke Ranger program that comes with a great patch for your jacket or book bag. When you arrive at the Visitor Center, ask for the Roanoke Ranger workbook. Remember, the National Parks belong to all of us. Now that you're a Junior Ranger, you have a special responsibility to try visit each and every one in person (after all, cyberspace is nice but, nothing beats the real thing.) There are almost 400 of them, so you better get started!

Kayaking & Watersports

Kitty Hawk Kites

  • April 4 - 5 - Kitty Hawk Kites Fly Into Spring - Jockey’s Ridge State Park & Jockey’s Ridge Crossing (mp 12.5), Nags Head. Come and start off the kiting season right. April is National Kite Month!! Kitty Hawk Kites will be visiting local schools and youth groups to educate on kite flying and the history of aviation. Portions of the events proceeds will benefit Children & Youth Partnership, a local charity. We will have informal, free kite flying lessons, including a mass ascension, and lots of games, demos, and free kite making for the kids. This is a fun fly for all ages! Kitty Hawk Kites is proud to Kick-Off National Kite Month with this great family fun event. 877-FLY-THIS or 252-441-4124.
  • April 11th - Easter Eggstravaganza - Kitty Hawk Kites Annual Easter Eggstravaganza - Kitty Hawk Kites, Nags Head (mp 12.5). Family fun with the Outer Banks Largest Easter Egg hunt. Over 2000 candy and toy-filled eggs waiting to be collected. Egg Hunt are divided by age groups. Chalk coloring contests, kite making games and surprise visits from Wil-Bear and friends. Come welcome spring to the Outer Banks. 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. 877-FLY-THIS or 252-441-4124.
  • April 25th - May 2nd - KiteUs East Coast Race Series hosted by Kitty Hawk Kites- Kitty Hawk Kites Kiteboarding Resort, Rodanthe. All levels of kiteboarders are invited to compete in this course race series held at the premier kiteboarding resort in North America. To register go to www.kiteus.com/racing. 877-FLY-THIS or 252-441-4124.
  • May 2 - 7th Annual Kitty Hawk Kites Surf Kayak Competition – 1st St. Beach Access, Kill Devil Hills, NC presented by Kitty Hawk Kites. The water of the sound and the Atlantic await the best sea kayakers on the coast as they show what they've got! You won't want to miss this one...come watch these high adrenaline water sports. In addition Kitty Hawk Kites will have the latest kayaks to demo. Proceeds of the registration of this event will go to benefit a local environmental charity. 877-FLY-THIS or 252-441-4124.
    Download the Outer Banks Surf Kayak Competition regsitration form
  • May 15 - 18 - 37th Annual Hang Gliding Spectacular - Jockey’s Ridge State Park & Jockey’s Ridge Crossing (mp 12.5), Nags Head. World’s oldest continuous Hang gliding competition. Hang gliding pros from all over the world come to the Outer Banks to compete and have fun on Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Demonstrations, street dance and awards ceremonies are all features of this spectacular event. Families can enjoy a rock climbing wall, hang gliding simulator, kite making, face painting and a visit by Wil Bear Wright. A portion of the events proceeds will go to benefit Friends of Jockeys Ridge, a non-profit organization which supports the development of Jockey’s Ridge State Park. 877-FLY-THIS or 252-441-4124.
  • May 23 - 25 Kiteboarding Demo Days - Kitty Hawk Kites Kiteboarding Resort, Waves. Industry representatives will be on hand from the top three manufacturers to show you the hottest new kiteboarding equipment. Get your hands on one of the new kites and find out how the most advanced kites on the market can propel beginners to another level of kiteboarding in 2009! As always, try before you buy! 877-FLY-THIS or 252-441-4124.
  • June 10 - Wil-Bear Wright’s Festival of Fun - Kitty Hawk Kites (mp 12.5), Nags Head. Come visit Wil-Bear Wright and Kitty Hawk Kites for a day filled with fun activities for the kids. Make and fly your own kite, try yo-yo stunts, get your face painted, demo all the new toys for 2008 and have lots of fun! This Wednesday family extravaganza kicks off our summer long Kid’s Day, held every Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. 877-FLY-THIS or 252-441-4124.
  • June 13 - 14 - 27th Annual Rogallo Kite Festival - Jockey's Ridge State Park (mp 12.5), Nags Head. The Rogallo Kite festival, presented by Kitty Hawk Kites, will continue honoring Francis M. Rogallo, NASA scientist and inventor of the Flexible Wing. This two day festival will feature our signature kite flying on the dunes of Jockey's ridge as well as nightly entertainment celebrating the history of kiting. Throughout the two day festival, there will be exhibitions and demonstrations including stunt and power kite lessons, free children's games and activities, and much more! 877-FLY-THIS or 252-441-4124.
  • June 27 - 28 - Kitty Hawk Kites Kiteboarding Competition - Kitty Hawk Kites Kiteboarding Resort, Waves, NC. Come see some of the best kiteboarders in the world. Free demonstrations and competitions will be held. Manufactures representatives on-site. As always, try it before you buy it. Contact Chris Moore for registration and event information. 877-FLY-THIS or 252-441-0265.
  • July 11 - 12 - 30th Annual Wright Kite Festival - Wright Brother’s Memorial (mp 8), Kill Devil Hills, presented by Kitty Hawk Kites. This festival is enjoyed by all ages with a spectacular kite show put on by Larger than Life Kites. Come see a 100ft. Octopus, 50ft Scuba diver and many other dance in the air during this jaw dropping event. There will also be stunt kite demos, games, kids kite making, and contests. Kids can make and fly their kites where flight began. Events begin mid morning and continue through the afternoon. 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 877-FLY-THIS or 441-4124.
  • July 23 - Kitty Hawk Kites Hatteras Kite Festival - Come fly with us at Hatteras Landing! Join in the stunt kite demonstrations. There will be exhibitions, casual competition, and games for kids from midmorning to mid-afternoon. Free fun for the whole family! 877-FLY-THIS or 252-441-4124.
  • August 8 - 10th Annual Kitty Hawk Kites Ocean Games –Located on the beach behind the Ramada Inn in Kill Devil Hills. It is a whole day of fun in the sun with a 5 mile kayak race, sandcastle building contests, kite boarding demonstrations and much more. Novice and advanced kayakers welcome. Come out and try all the newest kayaks Kitty Hawk Kites has to offer. 877-FLY-THIS or 252-441-4124.
  • August 13 - Life Is Good Festival - Kitty Hawk Kites (mp 12.5), Nags Head. You won’t want to miss this big outdoor summer bash with a homegrown backyard feel. The festival features, family entertainment, dozens of spirited games and activities, and watermelons galore. This official Life Is Good event will donate a all of festival the proceeds to national children’s charities, as well as local charities. 877-FLY-THIS or 252-441-4124.
  • September 11 - Kitty Hawk Kites Kayak Jamboree and Big Blow-Out Sale – Kitty Hawk Kites, Manteo Waterfront. Try it before you buy it! Talk to the experts - they will help you find the perfect kayak for all your outdoor needs. When you know what you want, it’s easy. This is the best time to buy! Get great discounts all week long on any of the kayaks and kayak gear from this season’s fleet. 877-FLY-THIS or 252-441-4124.
  • September 14 - 20 - Blackbeard's Pirate Festival - Kitty Hawk Kites (mp 12.5), Nags Head. This week-long event kicks off on Monday, with community events happening all week, all over the Outer Banks. Enjoy Pirate history, storytelling, reenactments, shows. The culmination of a fun filled week of events will be on Saturday September 20th at the Kitty Hawk Kites Store, MP 12.5, Nags Head. Enjoy everything Pirate; entertainment, reenactments, get your picture taken with a Pirate, etc. For a detailed schedule of the weeks events visit www.kittyhawk.com/pirate or email Cydney Palmer at cpalmer@kittyhawk.com.
  • October 11 - 4rd Kayak Fishing Tournament. 7AM - 5PM. Registration is FREE for this annual fishing tournament hosted by Kitty Hawk Kites. This years tournament will be held at the new Kitty Hawk Kites location in Rodanthe. For more information click here or call us at 1-877-FLY-THIS or email cpalmer@kittyhawk.com.
  • October 17 - 18 - 24nd Annual Outer Banks Stunt Kite Competition - Wright Brothers Memorial (mp 8), Kill Devil Hills, presented by Kitty Hawk Kites. This competitive fly is on the Eastern League Circuit for sport kite flying and is also sanctioned by the American Kiting Association. Throughout the weekend non-competitors can enjoy workshops, demonstrations and kite making for kids. The highlights of this event include graceful kite ballet competitions set to music, and fast paced team flying that blends both kite control and speed. Competitive flyers can register for the competition at www.easternleague.net - 877-FLY-THIS or 252-441-4124.
  • November 27 - 28 - Kitty Hawk Kites Hangin’ with Santa - Kitty Hawk Kites (mp 12.5), Nags Head. Children can have their free photo taken with Santa in a demonstration Hang Glider Friday and Saturday, set up at Kitty Hawk Kites in Nags Head. This event is free, so bring your cameras!! Friday, November 28rd 10 am until 2 pm and Saturday November 29th 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm. 877-FLY-THIS or 252-441-4124.
  • November 29 - Kites with Lights - Jockey's Ridge State Park (mp 12.5), Nags Head. Watch the night sky magically transform as skilled flyers maneuver their lit stunt kites to the sounds of your favorite holiday songs atop Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Join us for hot apple cider and cookies beginning at sunset across the street at the Kitty Hawk Kites store. 877-FLY-THIS or 252-441-4124.

Nature and Wildlife

Outer Banks Wildlife Center Currituck Heritage Park, Corolla (252) 453-0221

The wildlife center offers a variety of special events programs scheduled throughout the year. Specific examples include: Nature Nuts, a program series for young children ages 3-7 years old; Eco-Explorers, a program series for 8-13 year olds; educator workshops such as WILD, Aquatic WILD and CATCH; wildflower and tree identification workshops, stream investigations and fishing programs.

Wolf Howls Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, Dare County Mainland (252) 473-1131, ext. 243

Kids love hearing the red wolves howl eerily in the refuge at night. The staff leads a guided trip deep into the refuge, and a leader can usually get the wolves to howl. Sometimes kids get to howl to see if the wolves respond. Howls are held once a week in the summer and at other times during the year. It's free!

Playgrounds

  • Behind Outer Banks Style Schoolhouse Lane, Corolla
  • Across the bridge, Currituck (turn east just south of Grigg's on the Sound)
  • David Paul Pruitt Park (for young children) Woods Road, Kitty Hawk (just before the Wright Memorial Bridge)
  • County Family Recreation Park Mustian Street, Kill Devil Hills
  • Nags Head Park West Barnes Street, Nags Head
  • Manteo Tot Lot Waterfront, Manteo
  • Old Swimming Hole Airport Road next to the Aquarium Roanoke Island

Scuba Dive

Outer Banks Dive Center

Scuba Diver is the NAUI entry level scuba certification course. It provides the fundamental knowledge and skills to scuba dive. Upon successful completion of this course, graduates are considered competent to engage in open water diving activities without supervision, provided the diving activities and the areas dived approximate those of training.

The minimum number of open water dives is five. They may be all scuba dives or one skin dive and four scuba dives. No more than two scuba dives may be made on a single day during the course. Open water training may be completed in two days with a skin dive and two scuba dives on one day and two additional scuba dives on the other day. All open water training must take place during daylight hours. Sixty feet (18 m) is the maximum depth for any open water training dives during the course.

PREREQUISITES FOR ENTERING THE COURSE:

  • Age: Minimum is 15 years for Scuba Diver certification. (Junior certification for ages 12 - 14 years is allowed. See “Policies Applying to All Courses”, Age, Junior Certification.”)
  • Diver Certification: None required.
  • Prior Training: Students who hold credentials from the NAUI Passport Diver Program may, at the discretion of the instructor, be awarded credit for skills and knowledge acquired.

Skateboarding

Island Revolution Skate Park Corolla Light Town Center (252) 453-2440

A brand new killer skate park opened in 2006. Two bowls with a mini-ramp-spine street course offer 5,000 feet of island fun. Open everyday from 10:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M. in season and Monday through Friday from 2:00 p.m. until dark in the off-season. Private parties can be booked here.   Free Skate Wednesday nights during the summer from 6-8pm.

Manteo Skate Park

Located during daylight hours in Manteo this FREE street plaza has two 1/4 pipes on each end a long 20 ft wide mini ramp with good ledges, banks, and steps in the middle.  It is located at the COA Roanoke Island Campus.  Coming form the beach, take a right at the first light in Manteo, park is around the back of the school.

Nags Head North Carolina Skateboard Camps

Click Here To Book Now, this popular skate camp does fill up!

Call Toll Free: 866.758.2267

Sports

Outer Banks Family YMCA US 158, Nags Head at Milepost 11 (252) 449-8897

The YMCA has weeklong day camps for all ages. Half-day Kindercamps are for ages 3 to 6, and full-day camps are for ages 7 to 12. Each week has a special theme, and kids do activities related to the theme in addition to going to the pool and ocean and on field trips. The YMCA also hosts several sports camps in beach volleyball, girls field hockey, soccer, basketball, and junior ocean rescue. Day passes are available for the superb new skate park. Call for information.

Dare County Parks and Recreation (252) 473-1101, ext. 313

Parks and Recreation offers sports camps in basketball, soccer, cheerleading, gymnastics, triathlon training, and fishing. These week- long camps, held Monday through Friday, are usually about five hours per day. There's also an Adventure Camp, where participants go on a weeklong camping trip. Toddler Camps for ages three to five last about two hours. Call for information.

4-H Camps Dare County Cooperative Extension (252) 473-1101, ext. 442

In the summer, 4-H offers weeklong day camps for elementary school children at four sites in the county: Kitty Hawk Elementary, First Flight Elementary, Manteo Elementary, and Munchkin Academy in Buxton. Camps last from 7:30 A.M.to 5:30 P.M.and include educational and fun activities and a field trip based on a particular theme. The Support Our Students is for middle-school students and alternates between Manteo and First Flight Middle Schools. This is a day-tripper's program, with off-site educational field trips. One-week camps away from home, in which campers travel to one of five 4-H camps in the state, are also held. You must pre-register for all these camps. Call for information.

Storytelling

Bring the children for story time sponsored by Duck’s two book stores Storytime will be held in the Town’s picnic shelter at 10:00 a.m. on Thursdays

beginning July 2 and continue through Thursday, August 6. Story Time is geared to children between the ages of three (3) and seven (7).

Island Bookstore Scarborough Faire, Duck (252) 255-8126

Children’s Story Time Town Green, Duck

Surf Lessons

Island Revolution (252) 453-9484

Our surf lessons are always done by CPRcertified andexperienced instructors. Your safety and fun is our top priority. Lessonprices are as follows:

  • Group Lesson (up to 6 students): $50.00/per person
  • Two Person Lesson (2 students and1instructor): $60.00/per person
  • Private Lesson (You have the whole lesson to yourself!):$75.00

Lessons Run Monday through Friday at 10:00am and 1:00pm. All lessons are 2 hours long.Please bring towels, sunscreen, and water. Parents and family are encouraged to come to the beachand cheer on the future surfers! All students must be good swimmers and above the age of 8. Please come by or call the shop to book a surf lesson or ask any questions.

Corolla Surf Shop

We want to offer a safe, informative and fun surf class. Summer surf on the Outer Banks, especially in Corolla, is probably among the safest areas to learn surfing... Long flat sandbars make it easy for both the student and instructors to walk the surfboard out into the ocean. Corolla was rated by Outside Magazine June 2006 Edition as one of 6 best destinations in the US to learn how to surf. For 2006 we are adding a new course called Advanced Beginner. This course is for the surfer who has already taken a lesson with Corolla Surf School and is already proficient in the safety aspects of surfing. The course will start with a 10 minute review of all safety procedures. All of our instructors are CPR trained by Corolla Fire & Rescue at the beginning of each season.

Spas

Aqua Essence Day Spa is the newest addition to the village of Duck's quaint waterfront can be found at 1174 Duck Road in Duck, NC.  Located on the upper level of the renovated building formerly known as Swan Cove, this full service day spa will pamper you with a delightful menu of massage, facial and nail treatments utilizing aromatic and organic product lines.  Browse their retail selection, relax in the spa lounge with organic tea, or order lunch from Aqua S Restaurant on the lower level, all the while marveling at the spectacular view and sunsets over the Currituck Sound.  This is truly the most luxurious and picturesque spa destination on the entire Outer Banks.

Barefoot Massage brings the spa to your vacation home! Providing service from Corolla to Nags Head, their professional, licensed massage therapists (252-489-4849) will transform your vacation home into a blissful retreat. Treat yourself to the ultimate INDULGENCE!

Diva's Day Spa has been voted "Best Day Spa at the Beach" since its opening in 2004. Diva's is located at 1 Ocean Blvd, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949 in the Southern Shores Crossing Shopping Center: One Ocean Boulevard, Southern Shores, NC 27949. Call (252) 255-1772 formore information or to schedule an appointment at this award winning retreat that is sure to bring out your inner Diva.

Eden Day Spa has three locations each with their own unique theme ready to serve you. Indulge yourself at any of the following locations: 1245 Duck Road in Duck, NC 27949 (252)255-0711, Monterey Plaza in Corolla, NC 27927 (252) 453-0712 or Highway 158 in Currituck, NC (252) 232-1306. Just as you imagine, a trip to Eden's does wonders for the soul.

The Sanderling Spa is the ultimate in relaxation. This retreat is located on the Currituck Sound at 1461 Duck Road, Duck, NC 27949. Make sure to call (252) 261-4111 and book yourself for a blissful day of pampering at this soundside haven!

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