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Things to do in Outer Banks

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Outer Banks. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Outer Banks attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Outer Banks to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Outer Banks.

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  • Gingerbread House Bakery

    The half-timbered, pointy-roofed bakery makes its own doughnuts in the mornings, served outside on a sunny deck. More
  • Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

    See real pirate relics, including artifacts from what’s believed to be Blackbeard’s ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge. There's also a Civil War gunship an... More
  • Kitty Hawk Kites

    Buzz over town in a WWII-era biplane. Or, for an even more thrilling adventure, take wing yourself with a hang glider over Kitty Hawk’s powdery dun... More
  • La Isla Latin Bakery & Latin Market

    Pick up mango pastries and supersweet tropical desserts. More
  • Lifeguarded Beach

    Then look for your perfect spot to sun worship, beneath the dunes. More
  • Lost Colony Theater

    Every May, a team of 200 actors and designers put together a theatrical imagining of Roanoke’s doomed 16th-century settlement. More
  • Ocracoke Island

    Summer squalls churn up everything from tiny, butterfly-like coquinas to Scotch bonnets on the North Point, part of the Cape Hatteras National Seas... More
  • Outer Banks Diving

    Explore the underwater wrecks—most of which lie at depths of 90 feet or more—with expert guidance. Snorkeling trips are also available for those no... More
  • Pioneer Theatre

    Catch the classic movie of the week at the vintage-1960s theater. More
  • Pirate Adventure Cruise

    Give the family a taste of adventure on the high seas with an hour-long tour that touches on Blackbeard’s history. Expect face-painting, costumes, ... More

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