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Things to Do on the Outer Banks

Local Attractions

Provided below is a list of things to do that are the most popular attractions visited by Sandbar guests.

 Roanoke Island (Manteo) Attractions
NC Aquarium
Elizabethan Gardens
Lost Colony Performance Theatre

 Middle Outer Banks Attractions
Wright Brothers Memorial
Outer Banks Music Showcase
Jockey’s Ridge State Park

Southern Outer Banks Attractions
Pea Island Wildlife Refuge
OBX Lighthouses
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Ocracoke Island
Ferry Schedules

 Northern Outer Banks Attractions
Wild Horse Sanctuary
Currituck Lighthouse

Places to Eat
The dining is one of the best things about visiting the Outer Banks.  From local seafood to regional BBQ to Southern home-cooking to amazing fine dining… and everything in between (seriously), finding and eating great food should be a priority of your vacation.  If you ask me about a specific cuisine, ambiance, location, price point, wine list, martini bar, micro-brewery, coffee shop, deli, pizza, breakfast…  I will share my secrets. In the meantime, here are the spots where I eat all the time and where I send guests most often.  They are not my picks for fine dining or specialty situations, like the best breakfast (I don’t have enough space!).  Some are well-known, some are new, some are off the beaten path.  All have awesome food for lunch or dinner meals.  The list is in no particular order.

Red Drum Taphouse
Pigman’s Bar B Que
Sugar Creek
Pamlico Jack’s
Tortugas Lie
Black Pelican
Rundown Cafe
Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant & Tavern
Outer Banks Brewing Station
Owens Restaurant
The Colington Café
Mulligan’s Old Nags Head Cottage Restaurant and Bar
Kill Devil Grill
Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe
Blue Moon Beach Grill
Longboards Grill

Native Vine Cellars & Tasting The Native Vine has two shops: one on the mainland just after you cross the bridge off the island headed north and one in the Kitty Hawk Kites plaze across from Jockey’s Ridge.  They feature daily wine tastings and reserve tastings from $7 – $25, including one that features 15 wines from North Carolina for about $15.  Reservations are required, so call head.  Native Vine also hosts the Outer Banks Wine Festival.

Sanctuary Vineyards
Located in Currituck County, the Sanctuary Vineyards has been the family farm of the Wright Family for decades.  They also host the Currituck Food & Wine Festival.


Morning View
Front Porch Café
Outer Bean Café
Waveriders Coffee & Deli

Birding on the Outer Banks
Birding Places & Types

Biking Info & Laws 
Bike Paths

Water Sports, Hang Gliding & Aerotours

Private Aerotours
Surf Lessons
Kitty Hawk Kayaks and Surf School
Kitty Hawk Water Sports
Kitty Hawk Kites
Kitty Hawk Sports
Outer Banks Dive Center

Nags Head Fishing Pier
Fishing Unlimited
Hoo Dini Charters
TW’s Bait and Tackle
Oregon Inlet Fishing Center
Phideaux Fishing
Fin-Nagle Fishing Charters

Golf Outer Banks

Fitness, Yoga & Spa
Outer Banks YMCA
Outer Banks Sports Club
Ashtanga Yoga Center
Outer Banks Yoga
Body Work by Jaline LaPlante
Body Work by Liza
Island Accupuncture

Antiques & Shopping
Something Fishy
Tanger Outlets
Southern Soldier

 Wedding Resources
Culinary Magick
Great Cakes
Bourdeaux Events
Outer Banks DJ Entertainment

Art Galleries
Yellow House Gallery
Seasdie Art Gallery