How to Plan the Perfect Day Trip to Ocracoke Island

From beaches and national parks to inlets and islands, there are plenty of things to explore when you visit the Outer Banks. You won’t want to miss this hidden gem! Each year, travelers venture to Ocracoke to get away and admire the pristine beaches. From scenic bike rides to unbeatable dining experiences, a day trip to Ocracoke Island is one stop that’s worth adding to your itinerary. 

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The Charms and Treasures of Ocracoke Island on Your Day Trip

1. Take a Scenic Ride on the Ferry

All aboard! Unless you have access to a private boat, you’ll need to take a ferry to reach the island. Choose from several routes that each offer something unique. This is the perfect opportunity to sit back, relax, and enjoy being by the water. Plus, you’ll spot some of the most beautiful views of the island on your way in! Be sure to book your ferry ticket in advance. 

2. Mosey Around the Ocracoke Village

During your trip, you might find yourself in Ocracoke Village. At least, we hope so! There is so much to enjoy around these streets, including cozy coffee shops, delicious cuisine, and excellent shopping opportunities. You’ll find some of the town’s best eateries peppered along the shore of Silver Lake. Talk about breathtaking views! Don’t hesitate to venture further into town where the beauty is abundant, and the fun never ends.

3. Snap a Photograph of the Ocracoke Lighthouse

You won’t have to look far if you’re already in the village. The Ocracoke Lighthouse towers over the town of Ocracoke. While the island is full of history, this lighthouse is by far the most beloved treasure! Finished in 1823, it’s the oldest operating lighthouse in North Carolina and the second-oldest in the United States. Although you can’t go inside, it’s an excellent photo backdrop!

4. Explore the Island by Bike or Golf Cart

As you make your way around the island, you’ll often see locals riding bikes through town. Visitors are encouraged to do the same! A leisure bike ride is the perfect means of transportation as it allows you to take your time and enjoy the scenery. Pedal through the narrow streets of the village, ride to the beach for sunset, or even cruise to the Hammock Hills Nature Trail. You’ll be able to park the bikes and venture to some of the most stunning overlooks on the island. Visit Beach Outfitters for all of your bike rental needs. 

Perhaps a golf cart rental sounds more your speed. Hop on board with the whole family and spend an afternoon riding around the island. Whichever way you choose to get around, you’re sure to have a blast!

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Now that you know just how to spend a day trip on Ocracoke Island, it’s time to select your home away from home! What better place to lay your head at night than in one of our luxury beach homes? Book your stay with Paramount Destinations to find beautifully decorated coastal properties in the most ideal locations around the Outer Banks. You’ll have easy access to beaches, shops, restaurants, and more! Browse our portfolio of homes in Corolla, Duck, Currituck Club, and Southern Shores. Which one will feel like home to you?

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