The Outer Banks of North Carolina are home to many historical, natural
and recreational attractions. The historical attractions
include the five lighthouses and their
keepers quarters. These lighthouses date form the 1870's. You
may climb The Currituck and Cape Hatteras Lights. There are also
lifesaving stations dating from 1874. The Chicamacomico Station
in Rodanthe is open to visitors.
On Roanoke Island is "The Lost Colony". This is the site of the
first attempt by the British to establish a colony in 1587. "The
Lost Colony" outdoor drama has been telling this story for 70
years and plays during the summer at the site. You will also
find The Elizabethan Gardens there.
In Manteo there is The Roanoke Is. Festival Park. The park is the home of The NC School of the Arts Summer Performance Series as well as other drama, music and film events. The Elizabeth II replica 16th century sailing ship is berthed at The Park as well as a museum and history center. Manteo is home to shops and restaurants as well as an active waterfront with many boat tours available.
In Nags Head is Jockeys Ridge State Park where the tallest sand
dune on the East Coast is located. You can hang glide there. Nearby is
The Nags Head Woods Coastal reserve operated by The Nature Conservancy.
The Wright Brothers Nat. Memorial is located at the 8 mile post in the
town of Kill Devil Hills. Here is a museum, and The Memorial. This is
the site of the first powered flight on Dec. 17 1903. In Corolla
is The Currituck Beach Lighthouse and the restored 1925 The Whale Head
Club. Nearby is an NC State Estaturine Preserve where you might see some
wild horses. The Outer Banks is home to the Cape Hatteras National
Seashore with 60 miles of undeveloped shoreline. Within The Seashore is
the Pea Is. Nat. Wildlife Refuge where you can view abundant bird life
On the Mainland is The Alligator River Wildlife Refuge where
tours are available to possibly see bears, alligators, otters
and red wolves as well as other wildlife. The Kitty Hawk
Woods Coastal Reserve is adjacent to The Inn. Recreational
opportunities abound. The fishing is legendary. You may also
golf, ride horses, surf, kite board, windsurf, sail, motor
boating, kayaking, hang glide, bike, hike, run, hunt and swim in
the ocean. You may also compete in most of the above
activities. To sum up there is no shortage of activities
to fill your visit many of which are unique to the area.
PS, you could just sit on the porch and enjoy the view.