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Wild Horses at Corolla
With a lineage extending back to the very first days of European exploration in North America, the legendary wild horses of Corolla have been roaming the beaches, dune fields and maritime forests of the Outer Banks for hundreds of years. Get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures on tours and safaris led by professional naturalists and guides.
Located a 24-mile ferry ride from the mainland, Oracoke Island is a delightful sandbar town teeming with historic lighthouses, wild pony preserves, haunted pirate sites and cemeteries, nature trails, wide open beaches, a quaint maritime village and more.
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
The tallest brick lighthouse in North America at 208 feet, this black and white candy-striped lighthouse is open to the public from the third Friday in April through Columbus Day in October. Whether it’s the lung-busting 257-stair climb to the top or the lighthouse’s remote location, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is known for being one of the least crowded attractions on the Outer Banks.
Measuring 162 feet tall, the Currituck Lighthouse's First Order Fresnel light, which is the largest size light available for American lighthouses, extends for 18 nautical miles across the sea. Visitors who can climb the 220 steps to the top are rewarded with spectacular views of the Whalehead Club, the Currituck Sound, and the Atlantic Ocean.
Bodie Island Lighthouse
Just south of Nags Head and Whalebone Junction, this striking black and white horizontally striped lighthouse presides over a marsh and an expanse of cedar trees. At 156-feet high, it sends its beam as far as 19 miles offshore. Visitors who make the 214-step climb to the top enjoy some of the most breathtaking views on the Outer Banks.
Oregon Inlet Fishing Center
Book a deep sea fishing charter out of the largest, most modern charter boat fishing fleet on the eastern seaboard.
Kitty Hawk Kites
Get a stunning view of the Outer Banks as you parasail up to 1,200 feet over the coastline. Soar above the Roanoke Sound and the Currituck Sound on your choice of one-, two- or three-man flights.
Wright Brothers Memorial
This 60-foot granite monument commemorates the pair of Ohio bicycle shop owners who harnessed the power of flight with a 12-second glide on a windy December 17, 1903. This beautifully manicured National Park features markers indicating the glider’s launching and landing points, a visitors' center and museums and exhibits celebrating man’s continuing quest for flight.
Jockey’s Ridge State Park
Known as the tallest natural dune ecosystem on the East Coast, Jockey’s Ridge State Park features sand dunes up to 80- and 100-feet tall. Activities range from hang gliding and sand boarding to hiking to the top and enjoying stunning panoramic views of the otherworldly landscape.
This 68,000-square-foot aquarium immerses guests in every facet of Outer Banks marine life, from endangered sea turtles to horseshoe crabs, stingrays, river otters, alligators, white-spotted bamboo sharks and more.
Nestled on the waterfront sound within the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, this 10-acre park is home to hundreds of species of native plants and wildlife as well as varieties of flora and fauna from around the globe.
The Lost Colony at Waterside Theatre
Be sure to take in a live outdoor performance of The Lost Colony, a family-friendly play that tells the story of the first, and ultimately ill-fated, English settlement in the new world. In 1587, 117 men, women and children established a settlement, founded by Sir Walter Raleigh, on a site very near the current location of the outdoor theater. In one of our country’s greatest mysteries, every one of them disappeared without a trace.
Ft. Raleigh National Historic Site
Step back in history at this 513-acre site only three miles from downtown Manteo. The park commemorates the first English attempts to colonize the New World from 1585 to 1587, which resulted in the disappearance of 117 men, women and children, a mystery that remains unsolved to this day.
Located just across from the Manteo waterfront, this 25-acre interactive historic site is the town’s top destination for cultural events, family gatherings and multiple activities held throughout the year. In addition to live costumed performers manning a 16th century ship, an authentic Algonquin Indian town, an English military settlement and the Roanoke Adventure Museum, the park also hosts many performances all year long in the Indoor Theatre and concerts at the Outdoor Pavilion.
Old Downtown Manteo
Elizabethan Inn is just one mile from Old Downtown Manteo, where you will find restaurants, locally owned shops, ice-cream/coffee shops, the Boardwalk along the Sound, the Lighthouse, and the Festival Park outdoor stage and pavilion.
814 N US Hwy 64 / P. O. Box 2088, Manteo, NC 27954, USA
OBX Watermelon Festival08/04/2016Nothing says summer on the Outer Banks like games, food, music and, of course, tons of sweet local watermelon. Activities…
Outer Banks Pirate Festival08/10/2016Grab your eye patch, saber and best bandana and head to Jockey’s Ridge Crossing. It’s a free event that celebrates Outer…
Outer Banks Pirate Festival08/11/2016Grab your eye patch, saber and best bandana and head to Jockey’s Ridge Crossing. It’s a free event that celebrates Outer…
The Lost Colony08/31/2016Be sure to take in a live summer outdoor performance of The Lost Colony, a family-friendly play that tells the story of…
Outer Banks Triathlon09/17/2016This popular triathlon features a swim along Croatan Sound and under the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge and Manns Harbor…
Outer Banks Triathlon09/18/2016This popular triathlon features a swim along Croatan Sound and under the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge and Manns Harbor…
Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival09/21/2016Held in the outdoor amphitheater at Roanoke Island Festival Park, the Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival features three…
Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival09/24/2016Held in the outdoor amphitheater at Roanoke Island Festival Park, the Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival features three…
Duck Jazz Festival10/08/2016Staged on the beautiful town green of Duck, the Duck Jazz Festival showcases an impressive array of local, regional and…
Duck Jazz Festival10/09/2016Staged on the beautiful town green of Duck, the Duck Jazz Festival showcases an impressive array of local, regional and…
Outer Banks Seafood Festival10/15/2016Savor the Outer Banks’ maritime culinary traditions by indulging in local food and drink served by some of the best restaurants,…
Outer Banks Marathon11/11/2016Even if you’re not a runner, come cheer these athletes as they try to conquer a course running through Kitty Hawk village,…
Outer Banks Marathon11/12/2016Even if you’re not a runner, come cheer these athletes as they try to conquer a course running through Kitty Hawk village,…
Wright Brothers First Flight Celebrations12/17/2016With a 12-second flight on a windy December 17, 1903, Ohio brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright began a journey to conquer…
Taste of the Beach03/01/2017Make plans to join the Roanoke Island community for four days of fantastic food, drinks and fun. With more than 60 events…
Taste of the Beach03/31/2017Make plans to join the Roanoke Island community for four days of fantastic food, drinks and fun. With more than 60 events…
Annual Duck & Wine Festival04/01/2017A vibrant showcase of the Outer Banks’ best chefs, duck dishes and wine pairings, the Duck & Wine Festival offers visitors…
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival04/01/2017Each spring, this world-class film festival brings filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown…
North Carolina Azalea Festival04/01/2017For more than six decades, all of southeastern North Carolina has come together for seven days of beautiful gardens, live…
Annual Duck & Wine Festival04/30/2017A vibrant showcase of the Outer Banks’ best chefs, duck dishes and wine pairings, the Duck & Wine Festival offers visitors…
North Carolina Azalea Festival04/30/2017For more than six decades, all of southeastern North Carolina has come together for seven days of beautiful gardens, live…
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival04/30/2017Each spring, this world-class film festival brings filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown…
Shallowbag Shag Beach Music Festival05/01/2017With a name like this, you know it’s got to be wild. Head to Roanoke Island Festival Park's outdoor stage for a day of live…
Shallowbag Shag Beach Music Festival05/31/2017With a name like this, you know it’s got to be wild. Head to Roanoke Island Festival Park's outdoor stage for a day of live…