Nags Head Activities

Outer Banks / Nags Head

Best Activities in Nags Head

Nags Head is known for being a quintessential Outer Banks town, with its wide open spaces, sprawling beaches, iconic architecture and bountiful fishing. This atmosphere lends vacationers the exciting opportunity to take a step back in time and experience what it was like when people first began flocking to the Outer Banks for vacation, and also what continues to keep them coming back to this day.

Because of the unique and plentiful waterways found in and around Nags Head, a wide variety of watersports can be enjoyed; water tours and sport lessons thrive; and some of the best fishing on the entire Outer Banks can be found right down the street from your Twiddy and Company Nags Head vacation rental.

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Best Tours and Adventures

Whether it’s touring the breathtaking Outer Banks from an open-cockpit biplane, exploring the meandering waterways and open sea on an eco-tour or dolphin watch, or getting up close and personal with wildlife on a stand up paddleboard or kayak tour, the chances are endless for adventure and touring the beauty and wonder of Nags Head during your next vacation.


Farmdog Surf School

Private and group surf lessons, surf coaching, sunset and eco SUP tours and more, Farmdog Surf School is available to help watersports enthusiasts of all levels to accomplish their surfing and SUP goals and enjoy the open water during their Outer Banks vacation.

Kitty Hawk Water Sports

Guided watersport tours from Kitty Hawk Water Sports include jet ski, kayak, banana boat and dolphin tours, and even an overnight kayak tour, too! In addition, they offer rentals and lessons on just about anything you’re looking to do on the water during your Outer Banks vacation.

Nags Head Dolphin Watch

Run by biologists, the Nags Head Dolphin Watch takes adventurers on an eco-tour to search for the wild Atlantic bottlenose dolphin and learn about dolphin research, as well as interesting information about other beloved aquatic animals found on the Outer Banks.

Outer Banks Adventures

Outer Banks Adventures offers airboat rides, eco tours, SUP tours, lessons and more! With options like a sunrise or sunset tour, picnic and a tour, a photography outing, historical tours, family fun adventures, corporate retreats and more, Outer Banks Adventures is a great way to experience the Outer Banks coast with your family or friends.

Outer Banks Surf School

On-site surf lessons from Corolla to Hatteras, offering group and private lessons, as well as summer camp packages for surfers of all ages and skill levels.

Tours and Adventures near Nags Head


Barrier Island Aviation

Soar over the Outer Banks in a 1942 open -cockpit biplane or in a Cessna 172 for a bird’s eye view of dolphins, sea turtles, shipwrecks, the Wright Brothers’ Monument, Bodie Island Lighthouse, and more!

Captain Johnny’s Dolphin Watch

Located on the Manteo Waterfront, this family-friendly adventure ensures that you WILL see dolphins on our outing!

OBX Biplanes

OBX Biplanes offers open-cockpit biplane air tours for two, to soar above the beautiful Outer Banks.

Outer Banks Distilling

The first “legal” distillery on the Outer Banks of North Carolina can be found in the heart of historic downtown Manteo. Offering daily tours and tastings of their trademark Kill Devil Rum, Outer Banks Distilling has quickly become a must-see during your next Outer Banks vacation.

Skydive OBX

Let the experienced and certified instructors at Skydive OBX take you on a tandem jump you will never forget above the beautiful sites of the Outer Banks!

Ketch Surf Lessons

Experience the fun and delight of surfing the Outer Banks with Ketch Surf Lessons & Rentals. Give them a call and they will come to where you are on the Outer Banks, from anywhere in Corolla all the way down to Ocracoke.

Best Golfing

The Outer Banks offers an exciting selection of golf courses to enjoy during your Nags Head vacation. While many of them can be found just over the Wright Memorial Bridge on mainland Currituck, one in particular is only minutes from a Twiddy and Company Nags Head vacation rental, where you will find a golfing opportunity like you’ve never seen before.


Nags Head Golf Links

A true Scottish links-style championship course, Nags Head Golf Links has everything a golfer could want, situated on a beautiful location on the banks of the Roanoke Sound.

Best Recreation and Leisure

When you’re not out on the beach soaking up the sun, exploring the exclusive shops and boutiques found in and around Nags Head, and delighting in the local fare at one of the unforgettable restaurants around town, there are other ways to fill your Outer Banks vacation days with as much fun and activity as possible. Check out a local yoga studio, take the family for a movie, discover night bowling, or get a workout in at the local YMCA. No matter what you’re looking for, there are many options to create the perfect Outer Banks vacation for you.


Ashtanga Yoga Center

The Ashtanga Yoga Center is dedicated to the traditional practice of Ashtanga Yoga, and the instructors offer weekly group classes, as well as private lessons at your desired location.

Nags Head Bowling

Late-night Rock n’ Bowl, league tournaments, parties and more can be found at the Outer Banks Bowling Center in Nags Head.


Your familiar YMCA facility located in Nags Head. Enjoy health and fitness activities, aquatics and family sports options while on vacation on the Outer Banks at the local YMCA.

Best Fishing

Known around the world as a sport fisherman’s paradise, the Outer Banks draws in thousands of anglers every year to fish the area’s exciting waters, and the ideal location of Nags Head provides vacationers with a front row seat to all of the action.

Situated adjacent to Roanoke Island and Hatteras Island, Nags Head not only boasts two iconic Outer Banks fishing piers, but is only minutes away from beautiful marinas, sound accesses to freshwater fishing options, and is home to one of the largest and most modern charter fishing fleets on the eastern seaboard. If you are coming to the Outer Banks for a fishing excursion, a Twiddy and Company Nags Head vacation rental is where you want to be!


Jennette's Pier

Enjoy fishing and family fun on the 1,000-foot long public pier, where world class fishing, good family fun, and educational programs & camps meet all in one iconic place on the Outer Banks.

Nags Head Fishing Pier & Pier House Restaurant

One of the oldest and longest piers on the Outer Banks, the Nags Head Fishing Pier is a great place to cast out your line and reel in memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you’re fishing for fun, sport or for a delicious meal, Nags Head Fishing Pier is the place to be.

Outer Banks Fishing Pier / Fish Heads Bar & Grill

For more than 50 years the fishing professionals at the Outer Banks Fishing Pier have been helping anglers make the most of their Outer Banks fishing experiences. In addition to their tackle shop, pier and boat rentals, you can also find Fish Heads Bar & Grill located on the Outer Banks Fishing Pier, offering premier oceanfront dining and live local music in the summertime.

Rock Solid Fishing

Whether it is the Rock Solid out of the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, the Carolina Blue at Thicket Lump Marina or the Southern Run (goes wherever the fish are biting!)... WE WILL GET YOU RIGGED UP!

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center

Home of the largest and most modern charter fishing fleet on the eastern seaboard, Oregon Inlet Fishing Center is also a full-service marina that offers tailor-made fishing experiences to fishing enthusiasts of all types!

Fishing near Nags Head


Backin' Up Sportfishing Charters

A 46' Sheldon Midgett craft, the Backin' Up is the largest of the inshore boat fleet at Pirate's Cove! Near­shore charters offer a fishing trip that is perfect for everyone from the seasoned fisherman to families and children.

Croatan Charters

Offering crabbing, shrimping and fishing charters to vacationers and locals of the Outer Banks, Croatan Charters is also happy to tailor make a boating trip to your group’s desires, such as clamming, sightseeing, or touring a sand island, for example. Create the fishing trip of your dreams with Croatan Charters.

Pirate's Cove Marina

A boating resort community, complete with a world-class marina, charters, tournaments and more, Pirate’s Cove Marina is dedicated to providing the complete spectrum of fishing needs to Outer Banks vacationers and locals alike.

Best Nags Head Attractions

Nags Head is rich with unrivaled history, famous landmarks and lively attractions! During your next Outer Banks vacation, climb the Bodie Island Lighthouse, witness the oldest outdoor drama performed in the country in the legendary location of the Lost Colony, or explore the largest natural sand dune system on the east coast at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. All of these options and more are available only minutes away from a Twiddy and Company Nags Head vacation rental and they will enrich your next Outer Banks vacation in ways you won’t want to miss!


Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve

Enjoy hiking, jogging, birding, events and activities among the sand dunes, marshes, and wetlands off the beaten path of the Outer Banks.

First Flight Adventure Park

Located at MP 16 in Nags Head, First Flight Adventure Park was the first aerial park of its kind on the Outer Banks and is designed for thrill seekers of varying skill levels, ages 6 and up, to tackle the 48 different obstacles 50 feet in the air overlooking the sound and ocean.

Jockey’s Ridge State Park

Visit the tallest natural sand dune system in the eastern United States, located right in Nags Head! Fly a kite, hike up to the top, or enjoy the panoramic view from the ocean to the sound at Jockey’s Ridge State Park.

Bodie Island Lighthouse

Open seasonally for climbing, the Bodie Island Lighthouse is situated on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore in Nags Head, and provides visitors a stunning view from the top or beautiful grounds to walk around and enjoy views of the local wildlife and waterfowl.

Attractions near Nags Head


Elizabethan Gardens

This 16th century-­style garden, which was created as a living memorial to the time when Sir Walter Raleigh’s lost colonists lived in this very location, boasts lovely walkways, antique statues, herbs and an elaborate flowering landscape. As flowers were kept to entertain Queen Elizabeth during her reign, the Elizabethan Gardens are open year round to hopefully delight guests and locals in the same way.

The Lost Colony

As the oldest outdoor drama in the country, The Lost Colony is an Outer Banks tradition! It tells the story of the first English settlement attempt in the new world!

North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island

Get up close and personal with sharks, alligators, otters, stingrays, sea turtles and fish of all kinds. Open year round, the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island offers adventure tours, educational classes, and even an opportunity for certified guests to dive with the sharks!

Roanoke Island Festival Park

A 25-acre interactive historic site that combines history, recreation, nature and family-friendly activities all in one place, Roanoke Island Festival Park was built to replicate the first English settlement attempt made in the area in 1585, and features an adventure museum, a settlement site, an American Indian town, and the Elizabeth II: a 16th century representative ship open for tours and reenactments.