Looking for the perfect day trips while staying in the Outer Banks? The Outer Banks is a short distance from some beautiful locations to spend the day at. Whether you are looking for an adventure, wanting more scenic views, or just want to do some shopping Outer Banks is the place for you! Listed below will be our favorite day trips to take, short and long distances from the Outer Banks!
1. Cape Hatteras Light Station
Cape Hatteras is located in Dare County and is a short trip away from John Yancey Oceanfront Inn. This is the perfect day trip for those looking for a very scenic view. It is also a great visit for those that want to add some cardio to their day, as there are 257 steps to the top! Don’t worry for those still wanting to visit, it is still an amazing view even if you decide not to climb!
2. The Lost Colony
When visiting the Outer Banks you’ll enjoy this visit as you’ll learn more about the history of the Outer Banks. This is said to be the first permanent English settlement. This is great for all ages and they put on a fantastic reenactment!
Take a ferry out to Ocracoke. You can enjoy the entertainment, history, food, shopping and much more! This is great for everyone in the family and a fun adventure while getting there!
Whether you want to fish at the local piers or take a boat out, you’re destined for a great catch! There are also several boating companies that you can rent for several hours or even the whole day, if you’re looking for a bigger catch!
4. H2O Waterpark
Looking for something to keep the kids and young adults entertained? Visit H2O waterpark! This is a super fun destination when visiting OBX!
Whether you are looking to shop local at the outlet malls or if you’re looking for something bigger you have many options!
If you’re looking for a short trip for basic needs, check out the Outlets Nags Head. They have a variety of stores and food. If you are looking to travel further, Chesapeake is about an hour from the Outer Banks and has a larger variety of stores!
6. Local Farmers Market
Visit one of the many local farmers markets we have here in the Outer Banks. Experience fresh local grown food and crafts. Farmers markets are a great way to get your produce for the week and give back to the local economy!
7. Dolphin Cruise
Take the day out on one of the local tours and see the beautiful dolphins. This is something you will remember forever! The views of the dolphins are absolutely breathtaking and is a fan favorite here in the Outer Banks.
8. Roanoke Island Aquarium
Visit the local aquarium where you can spend the day looking at the beautiful sea life. This is a great day trip and will keep everyone entertained the entire time!
9. Wild Horse Tours
Visit Corolla and enjoy the beautiful wild horses. It is such a surreal experience you won’t want to miss out on!