No need to play “Duck, Duck, Goose” when planning your visit to the Outer Banks. We have gathered up all the best things to do in Duck, NC for you! Building a vacation itinerary has never been so easy. When you visit this quaint Outer Banks village you will be transported to a place and time where the pace is a little slower, the people are a little warmer, and the weather is a little sunnier. Ready, set, let’s go to Duck, NC!

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This quiet stretch of Outer Banks covers a seven-mile stretch of beach and offers a one-mile boardwalk that makes accessing shops and restaurants easy. Visitors love the opportunity to use the Town Park Boardwalk to stroll from store to store, pop into a restaurant for a bite to eat, or to just sit and admire the view.

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Get a Bite to Eat

Aqua Restaurant

You will love the atmosphere and local flavor served up at Aqua Restaurant. The waterfront dining is perfect for enjoying one of their inventive entrees or a vegetarian option.

1174 Duck Road, Duck, NC

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Kimball’s Kitchen

Kimball’s Kitchen is the place for fine dining on the Outer Banks. Make a reservation and prepare to be impressed. Stunning views, world-class flavors, and a chic atmosphere make this a Four-Diamond restaurant.

1461 Duck Road, Duck, NC

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Duck Doughnuts

A trip to Duck, NC wouldn't be complete without a visit to the famous Duck Doughnuts!! These are no ordinary doughnuts.

1190 Duck Road, Duck, NC



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Grab a Drink

Growlers to Go

This establishment features North Carolina and Virginia craft beers. You can hang out while you sip on a flight, or you can grab a growler to go. They also have cigars, wine, and cool t-shirts.

1187 Duck Road, Duck, NC

The Roadside Bar & Grill

Located in downtown Duck in one of the villages original cottages, this bar and grill serves up live music, a large selection of libations, and casual coastal dining.

1193 Duck Road, Duck, NC

Shop Local

You won’t find those big box beach stores here in Duck. However, there are several great local stores where you can shop for art, souvenirs, and more. If you are looking for ways to entertain the entire family on your Outer Banks vacation, a trip to the Duck 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?

Scarborough Faire Shopping Village

You will love this quaint and quiet setting where stores and nature intertwine. Prepare to be met by a unique shopping experience that allows you to wander tree-lined paths between a delightful selection of stores and eateries. This may just be one of the best things to do in Duck, NC if you are looking for a one-stop-shop.

1177 Duck Road, Duck, NC

The Waterfront Shops

For the premier boutique shopping experience, visit The Waterfront Shops. This shopping village features over 27 stores, restaurants, and more along the Town Park Boardwalk. Enjoy views of the Currituck Sound and the expansive town pier.

1240 Duck Road, Duck, NC

Have a Some Fun

Duck Village Outfitters

The locals at Duck Village Outfitters can help you with all your kayak, surfboard, SUP, and bike rental needs. They also provide surf lessons and an excellent selection of retail to shop from!

1207 Duck Road, Duck, NC

Kitty Hawk Surf Co.

Kitty Hawk Surf Co. is operated by Kitty Hawk Kites, and they can help you with all your Outer Banks adventure needs. From kiteboarding lessons to dolphin tours, they have you covered.

1216 Duck Road, Duck, NC

Find an Event

If you are looking for a concert, art installation, or other events, here are a few websites you can check for current happenings:

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Spend the Day at the Beach

There are endless ways to spend your day at the beach in Duck, NC. Our pristine beaches are the ideal setting for creating the best vacation memories of all time. Here are just a few of the things you could do during a day at the beach:

  • Sunbath
  • Fly a kite
  • Surf
  • Build a sandcastle
  • Collect shells
  • Birdwatch
  • Play volleyball
  • Walk/Run
  • Picnic
  • Read a book
beach houses along the outer banks

Stay at the Perfect Vacation Rental

Paramount Destinations has a great selection of Duck vacation rentals for you to choose from. To make your OBX dreams come true, you can find the the perfect place to stay. Start your search for an epic beach house. We have properties that are pet-friendly and ideal for large families. Your home away from home is a place to connect, recharge, and rest. Your family can cook, play games, grill, or even watch a movie together. Our rentals are well equipped with all the essentials and even a few extras. Check it out.

Get Our Vacation Guide

For Duck and beyond, you need to grab a copy of our FREE vacation guide to help you plan your next OBX getaway. This guide is packed with helpful information that will take all the work out of your vacation research. Save yourself hours of time with our free guide.