Here Are the Best Things to Do at the Duck, NC, Boardwalk

If you are looking for ways to entertain the entire family on your Outer Banks vacation, a trip to the Duck, NC, Boardwalk needs to be on your bucket list!  Located in the center of town, the mile-long walkway is a prime destination for dining, shopping, outdoor recreation, summer events, and tons of family fun. So, what are you waiting for?

Grab your sunscreen and get ready to enjoy an unforgettable day by the water! Before you go, make sure to request access to our free Vacation Guide for more tips about things to see and do in the Outer Banks.

Things to Do at the Duck, NC Boardwalk

1. Shopping

Whether you’re searching for clothing, gifts, or coastal-themed souvenirs, you’ll find it all at the Duck, NC, waterfront shops. There are more than 27 boutiques to explore in this unique shopping village, which overlooks the scenic shores of Currituck Sound. Visit the Sea Dragon Gallery for beautiful handmade artwork, find upscale menswear at Untucked, or stop into the general store for one-of-a-kind treasures and gifts. Afterward, take the kids to Candy and Corks for a sweet treat (and a glass of wine for adults)! With attractions for the whole family to enjoy, shopping at Duck Boardwalk is the perfect way to spend an afternoon.

2. Dining

The boardwalk is also home to some of the best restaurants in Duck, NC. From coffee shops and casual beach bars to upscale dining, the options are endless. Enjoy the waterfront views and Mexican cuisine at Coastal Cantina or grab takeout at Coastal Cravings. If you’re in the mood for seafood, order the catch of the day at The Blue Point. After dinner, stay and listen to great live music!

3. Kayaking/Stand Up Paddleboarding

Paddling through Currituck Sound should be at the top of your list of things to do in Duck, NC.

Luckily, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to have fun on the water here! There is a public launch at the Duck Town Park where visitors can launch kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddleboards. Enjoy the peace and quiet while you glide through the calm waters of the sound. Don’t forget to bring a waterproof camera! It’s quite common to spot blue herons, egrets, pelicans, ducks, and even sea turtles.

4. Fishing/Crabbing

Duck, NC, pier fishing and crabbing are allowed in designated areas of the boardwalk, and fishing licenses are required for anyone over 15. Fisherman from near and far are drawn to the pier to cast their lines for trout, puffers, bluefish, and more. Before you go, stop into Bob’s Bait and Tackle for rods, reels, lure, bait, and other fishing equipment. Then, make sure to check out all of the other amazing fishing piers in the Outer Banks.

5. Hiking

Surrounding the boardwalk is the Duck Town Park, which offers 11 acres of natural beauty just waiting to be explored. The beautiful hiking trails will take you past the sound, maritime forest, willow swamp, and open green space. The breathtaking views are well worth the hike! Once you’ve traversed the trails, head over to the park’s picnic shelter and refuel with a delicious picnic lunch.

6. Dog Walking

When you’re on vacation, you shouldn’t have to leave your four-legged friends behind! The boardwalk is pet-friendly, but keep in mind that pets must be leashed at all times. Take Fido for a walk beside the waterfront shops or through the scenic hiking trails in Town Park. Then, come home to your dog-friendly vacation rental to relax and unwind.

7. Attend an Annual Event

No matter what time of year you visit, there’s always a reason to celebrate at the Duck, NC Boardwalk. The warmer weather brings a variety of weekly activities to the boardwalk, including 4th of July celebrations, magic shows, movies, yoga, fitness classes, and concerts on the green. If you’re visiting in autumn, you won’t want to miss the annual jazz festival. Then, come back in December for the Duck Yuletide Celebration!

8. Watch the Sunset

What better way is there to end a perfect day in paradise than a classic sunset over the water? With stunning views of Currituck Sound, this Outer Banks boardwalk is famous for its picturesque sunsets. Reserve a table at one of the waterfront bars or restaurants, paddle into the sound, or find a spot on the open green space and enjoy the show!

Plan Your Outer Banks Vacation With Paramount Destinations

After a fun-filled day at the Duck, NC, Boardwalk, come home to your vacation home and unwind. From intimate seaside cottages to large family homes, Paramount Destinations offers an extensive selection of lodging options to choose from. Located in the Osprey neighborhood in Duck, Utopia has everything you could ever want or need while on vacation! This semi-oceanfront home is steps from the beach and features comfortable furnishings and a bubbling hot tub. Plus, it’s pet-friendly!

With room to comfortably accommodate 20 guests, Jewel of the Isle is another excellent option within walking distance to the beach. Each of the eight bedrooms in this Duck, NC, rental has a private bath and a TV. Many of them also have deck access. Both of these incredible homes are just minutes from all of the best shops, restaurants, and area attractions. Don’t wait to start planning your family beach vacation! Browse all of our available properties and start planning our Outer Banks getaway today.


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