6 Healthy and Fun Things to Do in the Outer Banks

July 29, 2020

Hatteras Man-A Great Day for Fishing is an original oil painting on canvas by Gregory Kavalec.

By Chelsea Reed

Now more than ever, people are seeking out ways to maintain their physical and mental well being. The Outer Banks has a long history of being an ideal destination for both. These activities are a great way to take advantage of the healthy sunshine and outdoor space in the area. You may even discover something new to do!

1. Relax at Ocracoke Island

Both visitors and locals agree that Ocracoke Island is wonderful for a weekend or day trip. It’s accessible by ferry ride, so plan your travel times accordingly. Or if you have a boat, you can save time and go there yourself! Dock at Silver Lake and enjoy quaint Ocracoke Village. Visit the British Cemetery, and explore miles of National Park coastline. It’s the ultimate relaxation!

2. Ride on a Boat

Morning Sail an original oil painting by Suzanne Morris.Speaking of boating, it’s no surprise that the rest of the Outer Banks is a boating haven. Cruise to Colington Island and catch fresh crabs. Dock at Downtown Manteo for lunch and a cup of coffee… Then enjoy a breathtaking sunset on the Croatan Sound. And did we mention the mazes of marsh paths to explore? No matter what kind of boat you have, there’s always maritime fun in the Outer Banks area.

3. Go Fishing

No, we’re not talking about the card game. We’re talking about catching dinner the old-fashioned way! Here at the world’s “fishing capital,” the Outer Banks takes fishing seriously. But you don’t need a mountain of gear to do it right. You just need a fishing license, a rod, some live bait, and a good casting throw. And as long as you don’t see a “No Fishing” sign, you can fish any place you can sink your hook into. The best part is, you’ll know for sure that your dinner is 100% natural and sustainably sourced! 

4. Beachcombing

Because the Outer Banks is situated where the Gulf Stream and Baltic currents meet, plenty of things wash ashore. Beachcombers find oyster shells, conch shells, sand dollars, and sometimes lost treasures. Some use metal detectors to find washed up coins and jewelry. Sea glass collecting is very popular. Some local artists craft beautiful sea glass items for sale.

5. Try a New Watersport

If you haven’t tried a certain watersport before, now is the perfect time! From windsurfing to parasailing, there are many activities you can do in the Outer Banks. If you need lessons, consider booking a private session. Kayaking is a great example and is minimal contact. It’s the perfect way to unwind, and it’s good exercise too!

6. See New Sights

It’s easy to find your own place to roam in the Outer Banks. In fact, there are so many landmarks to explore, it’s hard to count them all! Here are just a few places:

  • Wright Brothers National Memorial

  • Jockey’s Ridge State Park

  • Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve

  • The grounds of Whalehead Club

  • Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

  • Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

  • Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

Ready to start your own adventure? Put on your walking shoes, grab a camera and go outside! And when you’re done, don’t forget to stop by at Seaside Art Gallery and enjoy the original artwork. You may even take home a piece that reminds you of the beautiful “ribbon of sand” called the Outer Banks. 

Chelsea Reed is a copywriter who writes online content, articles, blogs, and websites from her base in North Carolina  

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