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Nags Head is known for being a quintessential town, with sprawling beaches, iconic architecture, and bountiful fishing. Because of the unique and plentiful waterways found in and around Nags Head, a wide variety of activities are available, like watersports, boat tours and surfing lessons, and some great fishing.
In addition to outdoor adventures, the town also offers fun, family-friendly tourist attractions and bustling nightlife. Browse through our full list of attractions to find the perfect staples for your Nags Head itinerary. While you do it, look for the Twiddy Preferred badge indicating our local favorites.
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Located on the Manteo Waterfront, this family-friendly adventure ensures that you WILL see dolphins on our outing!
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!
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.
A 46' Sheldon Midgett craft, the Backin' Up is the largest of the inshore boat fleet at Pirate's Cove! Near-shore charters offer a fishing trip that is perfect for everyone from the seasoned fisherman to families and children.
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.
The Lost Colony has been a fixture on the Outer Banks since 1937. The nation's longest-running outdoor symphonic drama tells the story of the first permanent English settlement in the new world and their mysterious disappearance.
The famous Kitty Hawk Kites offers parasailing, wakeboarding, water skiing, tubing, jet ski tours and rentals, kayak rentals, surfboard rentals and more!
Whether you're looking for wild family fun or an upscale resort getaway, H2OBX is the place to be in the Outer Banks! Packed with 30 adrenaline-inducing rides, slides, and attractions. Located just over the Wright Memorial Bridge in Powells Point
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
Experience the magic, romance and adventure of an open cockpit biplane ride! With room for two passengers, soar the skies over the beautiful Outer Banks to enjoy the Bodie Island Lighthouse, sealife, and the birthplace of aviation, the Wright Brothers Monument from the air. Or, experience the flight of a lifetime in our authentic WWII T6 trainer warbird `Sweet Sophia'...with room for one passenger, don't miss this opportunity to fly in on of the most important aircraft in aviation history. Come share the joy of flight with us!
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.
Coastal Helicopters offers air tours along the beautiful beaches of the Outer Banks...with room for three passengers, every seat is a window seat. Our air conditioned Robinson R-44 helicopter gives you a smooth ride along the ocean with the chance to see lighthouses, shipwrecks and sea life including schools of dolphin, fish, sea turtles, and the occasional whale!
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.
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.
Hot yoga classes centrally located in Nags Head
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.
Laser tag and arcade provide family fun in Nags Head!
The ultimate trampoline park on the Outer Banks! Get airborne with open jump trampolines, a foam pit, and an epic ninja obstacle course. Located in Manteo, just minutes from Nags Head.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Enjoy hiking, jogging, birding, events and activities among the sand dunes, marshes, and wetlands off the beaten path of the Outer Banks. Trails are available for self-guided hikes during the day. Trails range from easy to strenuous, from 0.25 mile to 3.75 miles, including an ADA Trail. Guided hikes are offered during certain times of the year.
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.
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.
Located in the Village of Wanchese on Roanoke Island. Wanchese is famous for its fishing culture, beautiful views and quick access to the Atlantic Ocean. Eager to get a taste of the high seas? Join one of their knowledgeable captains for a chance to make some memories to last a lifetime. Inshore, nearshore and offshore charters are offered, along with shrimping/crabbing and dive charters. Their diverse fleet allows the opportunity to find the perfect Outer Banks adventure for you and your family. All licenses, bait and tackle are included with your charter. All-inclusive packages can be arranged for groups. After your adventure, bring your cleaned catch to their Landing Grill and let them cook it for you – a wonderful way to end your day.
Watch wild Atlantic bottlenose dolphins jump and splash right in front of you - a great time for the entire family! The trip is 2 hours in duration and leaves multiple times per day, including a sunset cruise. Private charters are also available. Stop into Wanchese Marina store to purchase snacks and beverages, or feel free to bring your own cooler.
Spreading the love of Outer Banks surfing while providing a safe, positive, and fun experience to surfing students of all ages and skill levels. On-site surfing lessons from Corolla to Hatteras.
Take a ride in their red, open cockpit biplane or book a Cessna tour. Home of the $15 rides all day! Contact OBX Airplanes for more information. Personalized airplane banners are also available.
Local nonprofit dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County. The fine arts and craft gallery in Manteo features emerging and established Outer Banks artists and is open to the public. Featured art rotates regularly. Art workshops are held weekly, including Kids Art Party, where children are guided through creating their own masterpiece. A one-of-a-kind OBX vacation souvenir!
Buffalo City Jug Shop is named in honor of Buffalo City, the once logging and moonshining community a few miles inland from the Outer Banks. Offering a growler filling station with 24 beers on tap and a large selection of craft bottle beer and wine as well.
Captain Frank offers 3, 4, 6, and 8-hour private fishing charters in pursuit of saltwater fish, such as striper, speckled trout, red drum, flounder, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and more. Special family fishing trips are offered, where it's all about the kids catching their own fish!
The nature-centric attractions of Nags Head like Jockey’s Ridge State Park and the Nags Head Fishing Pier are just a small piece of what gives this coastal town its charm. Activities for visitors of all ages and interests are aplenty, and you’ll be sure to leave with dreams to come back. If you’ve had your fill of adventure but are looking for more fun, explore the shops, dining and nightlife that are all easily accessible when staying near Nags Head, NC.
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