Are you searching for a new place to explore with your family this year? Well, we compiled a list of our favorite things to do for your first time visiting the Outer Banks! From watching wild horses run on the beach to exploring the rich history of our area, there are so many incredible ways to experience the North Carolina coast!
If you want to discover more ways to make the most of your Outer Banks experience, be sure to download our complimentary Vacation Guide!
These Are the Best Things to Do on the First Time Visiting the Outer Banks
Hit the Beach
It may seem obvious, but if there’s one thing you need to do on your first time visiting the Outer Banks, it’s relaxing on the beach. And when you stay in one of our Pirate’s Cove rentals, you’re only 10 minutes away from miles of sandy beaches that stretch up and down the Atlantic. Take a dip in the ocean, relax in a beach chair with your favorite book, or go surf fishing.
Check Out the Wild Horses
Spotting a wild horse is one of the most unique and popular sights in the northern region of the Outer Banks. These herds of beautiful creatures roaming the beaches originated from a deserted Spanish settlement in the 1500s that continued to breed. There are plenty of tour companies that give you an up–close and personal view of these beautiful creatures.
Explore the Rich OBX History
There are tons of unique historical attractions throughout the Outer Banks. From nautical history to the location of the first flight, below are some of the top attractions that both adults and kids will love in the area.
- Roanoke Island Festival Park
- Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
- Roanoke Maritime Museum
- Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
- Wright Brothers National Memorial
- Bodie Island Lighthouse
Savor Local Seafood
Did you know that OBX has a wide variety of excellent places to grab grub? You can enjoy some of the best food in the area just minutes from your Roanoke Island vacation rental! Sip your favorite libation at Mimi’s Tiki Hut before indulging in a delicious meal at Blue Water Grill & Raw Bar. Check out some of our favorite places to eat below!
- Outdoor Dining
- Nags Head Restaurants
- Roanoke Island Restaurants
- Kill Devil Hills Restaurants
- OBX Breweries
Go Deep Sea Fishing
Casting a line out on a charter fishing boat is one of the best things to do for those visiting the Outer Banks for the first time. Roanoke Island is home to a bevy of charter fishing boats, both in Manteo and Wanchese. Pirate’s Cove Marina and Wanchese Marina both offer an array of guided fishing tours that are among the best in the area.
Pirate’s Cove Realty has the ideal vacation rental for you and your family. We offer condos and homes at a variety of locations around Roanoke Island, including our private gated community and Shallowbag Bay Resort. We even have properties in downtown Manteo that are steps away from the lighthouse! Whether you need a large house for the entire family or a cozy condo for two, you’ll find it with us!
Start planning your Outer Banks getaway by booking one of our accommodations. We look forward to welcoming you to our coastal oasis.