The Outer Banks in North Carolina features 100 miles of gorgeous beaches and has activities for everyone. With so many things to do, it can be hard to squeeze it all into one vacation. We compiled some of the top Outer Banks day trips to make your planning a little bit easier. Before we let you in on all the best coastal adventures, make sure you take a look at our complimentary Vacation Guide. It lists fantastic restaurants, attractions, and outdoor recreation in Corolla, Duck, Nags Head, and Southern Shores.
Outer Banks Day Trips
The Outer Banks is a coastal paradise made up of 10 small towns. To put that into perspective, it can take around four hours to drive the entire strip. Many visitors have a hard time narrowing down which parts of OBX to explore, and figuring out how to fit everything into one vacation. It’s best to take your vacation day by day. Explore the area by going on these OBX day trips.
Take a day trip to Nags Head for the ultimate adventure. Jockey’s Ridge State Park is the tallest living sand dune on the Atlantic Coast. This makes it the perfect spot for flying kites, sandboarding, and, for the daredevils, hang gliding! That’s right. You can soar through the air off of this magnificent sand dune. Make sure you register with the park office before taking the leap. You can also take lessons with Kitty Hawk Kites near the visitor center if needed.
Then, visit the Bodie Island Lighthouse, which is about about 20 minutes away from Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Climb the lighthouse for the perfect view of the Atlantic Ocean and marshland.
One day, you should drive over the oldest Outer Banks bridge (the William B. Umstead Bridge) to Roanoke Island, which has a long list of appealing attractions. Bring the kids to the North Carolina Aquarium and experience the great wonders of the ocean. Another great attraction for kids and history buffs is The Lost Colony. Watch a show and learn about the 117 English colonists who established a settlement in the New World, but disappeared mysteriously a couple of years later. The show takes place on the very site that the actual events occurred in the 1500s!
For more history, you can take a stroll through the Elizabethan Gardens. The gardens are abundant with a diverse variety of flowers that were originally meant to entertain Queen Elizabeth I. You’ll feel like royalty when you tour these lush grounds!
After a memorable day trip to Nags Head or Roanoke Island, make your way back to your luxury Paramount Destinations vacation rental. Choose from upscale beach homes in Corolla, Duck, and Southern Shores for the ultimate family getaway.
Make the winning move when you book our CheckMate vacation rental in Southern Shores for your vacation this year. This six-bedroom home accommodates 13 people, and you can play against them all in the game area. The kids will fall in love with the private playground and pool, and you’ll fall in love with the gorgeous ocean view. Check our availability and book your OBX dream vacation today!