Apr 06, 2022

What to Do in the Outer Banks in April

OBX In Bloom

April is here and spring is officially in the air. With the weather warming up, beautiful seasonal flowers are emerging all around the Outer Banks… and so are we! It’s a time when the area truly begins coming alive. There are so many fun things to do on the Outer Banks in April. Here are just a few of them!

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See the Elizabethan Gardens in Bloom

Perhaps one of our favorite springtime activities is seeing the Elizabethan Gardens in bloom. No need to wait until fall for that color tour! April brings the brilliance of Carolina Yellow Jessamines, gorgeous pink Azaleas, and more.

Flowers are not the only colorful sight to behold. The Elizabethan Gardens invites you to come “Celebrate the magic of butterflies” at their second annual Butterfly Festival happening all of April. And on April 16, 2022, join them for their annual Easter Eggstravaganza, a picture-perfect Easter egg hunt!

Stretch Your Legs with a Marathon

The sun is out, and we’re ready to stretch our legs! Spring brings many opportunities for runners, including three unique marathons. Saturday, April 9th, 2022 marks the first year of Run the Rodanthe, a race across the newly constructed “jug-handle” bridge before it opens to traffic. On Saturday, April 23rd, 2022, Blackbeard’s Half-Marathon and Scallywag 5K/10K takes place on historic Ocracoke. Also on April 23rd is the Flying Pirate Half Marathon and First Flight 5K in Kitty Hawk, but don’t forget to dress in your best pirate garb for this themed race!

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Foaling Season on the Outer Banks

Spring marks foaling season on the Outer Banks, a time when Corolla’s wild horses welcome offspring into the world. Last month, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund announced the birth of Charlie, the first foul of the season! This momentous event reminds us of how extraordinarily lucky the Outer Banks is to have these animals on our shores. To see and learn more about the wild horses, we recommend taking a Wild Horse Adventure Tour, where you may even get to see little Charlie roaming amongst his herd on the 4×4! And if you so choose to continue supporting these incredible creatures, please consider donating to the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, whose efforts keep the herd thriving.

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Beach Bummin’

And of course, no OBX trip would be complete without a few beach days! April is a perfect time to hit the seashore. With small crowds and temperatures in the high sixties, there’s plenty of warm sand to sink your feet into. And for all the families with furry friends, April is one of the best months to visit the Outer Banks. Because of fewer people and mild weather, there is no time restriction on when dogs can go to the beach. Check out our guide to bringing your dog to the beach and our pet-friendly rentals.


Laurel Burgam

Laurel Burgam

Apr 06, 2022

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