Jockey's Ridge State Park

              Attractions

Besides the beach, Jockey’s Ridge State Park is the most popular attraction in Nags Head. At 420 acres, Jockey’s Ridge is the largest sand dune system on the East Coast and it has been preserved as a park for everyone to enjoy. Visitors can climb 100 feet to the top of the ridge to see both the ocean and sound, fly kites on the windy dune tops, hang glide from the ridges, learn about sand dunes in the museum or participate in year-round nature programs.

Bordering Jockey’s Ridge is Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve, a 1,092-acre, rare maritime forest eco-system that can be explored on a series of hiking trails.
Nags Head Pier

Nags Head offers two fishing piers — Outer Banks Pier and Nags Head Pier. A third, North Carolina Aquarium Jennette’s Pier,  It includes a 1,000-foot-long pier, a 16,000-square-foot building with exhibits, educational areas and more.

A stretch of historic oceanfront homes is one of the town’s most cherished features. These homes are prized for their unique "Nags Head-style" architecture and are known as the "Unpainted Aristocracy." You’ll find them around milepost 13, though none of them is open to the public.



Nearby Attractions
Wright Brothers National Memorial

Just a 5 to 10 minutes’ drive from Nags Head are the renowned Roanoke Island attractionsThe Lost Colony outdoor drama, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, The Elizabethan Gardens, the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, Roanoke Island Festival Park, Roanoke Island Maritime Museum and the charming waterfront town of Manteo with its shops, galleries and restaurants.

To the north, the Wright Brothers National Memorial is in the neighboring town of Kill Devil Hills. About 40 minutes north is Corolla, home of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, The Whalehead Club Historic House Museum and the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education.

To the south, Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge offer some of the most beautiful undeveloped beaches and natural areas you’ll ever see. The famous Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is about an hour’s drive from Nags Head.


Recreation

In terms of outdoor recreation, watersports and amusements, Nags Head has the largest and most varied number of options on the Outer Banks.

Of course, the ocean and sound figure prominently in Nags Head recreation. Watersports enthusiasts will appreciate Nags Head’s wealth of watersports outfitters located around milepost 16 and on the Nags Head-Roanoke Island causeway. These include outfitters for kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, kiteboarding, Jet-Skiing and Parasailing, all of which are done in the shallow Roanoke Sound. Surfing lessons are taught in the ocean, of course.

Families will enjoy Nags Head’s selection of putt-putt courses, bumper boat operators and go-cart establishments.

Surf Fishing

Fishing is big in the Nags Head surf and on the three piers in town . Anglers taking inshore or offshore charters frequently choose Nags Head as their base because of the town’s close proximity to Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, Pirate’s Cove Marina in Manteo and Broad Creek Fishing Center or Thicket Lump Marina in Wanchese.

Nags Head is one of the few places where you can learn to hang-glide. Jockey’s Ridge State Park is a popular place for learning and practicing the sport.

Hiking on the dunes of Jockey’s Ridge and along the trails in Nags Head Woods are also popular activities in Nags Head.

 

 

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Top 10 Kid Activities On The Outer Banks

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Kid-approved fun for your Outer Banks vacation! Outer Banks activities for kids
Sun Realty thinks that kids rock! We want our youngest visitors to have the coolest Outer Banks vacation ever. Sun Realty's Top 10 List of Outer Banks Activities for Kids offers awesome ideas that will keep both children and parents happy.

1. Catch a wave! - Yes, kids can learn to surf! Professional Outer Banks surf instructors are CPR certified and known how to safely introduce kids to the sport. Check out local companies like Corolla Surf Shop or Whalebone Surf Shop in Nags Head.

2. Go nuts for nature! The Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education in Corolla offers a calendar of cool activities for kids 4 and up! Learn how to fish, take a beach exploration, learn about nature photography, and more! All activities are free, but donations are appreciated.

3. Boardin' at the beach! Check out the rockin' new indoor skate ramp at 158 Surf & Skate in Kitty Hawk - take a private lesson or have a crew session. You can also get a daily pass to the outdoor park at the Outer Banks YMCA in Nags Head, or skate the bowl at Island Revolution in Corolla.

4. Make your own souvenir! - Have Art, Glass n' Fire Mobile Pottery Studio help you makeOuter Banks vacations for kids a one of a kind creation, or make your own unique jewelry at a studio like The Glass Bead on Hatteras Island.

5. Hole in one! - From Corolla to Hatteras Island, you can find numerous miniature golf courses. Try to make par on the jungle, pirate, or dinosaur themed holes. This classic activity is always a hit, and many courses offer Play All Day passes. Outer Banks putt-putt never goes out of style! Check out the Promenade Water Sports & Golf at Mile Post 0 in Kitty Hawk, or Uncle Eddy's Frozen Custard & Mini Golf in Buxton.

6. Take a wild horse adventure! - There's nothing cooler than seeing the amazing Corolla Wild Horses in person. Several companies in Corolla offer Jeep rentals or guided tours. Use a company like Bob's Off-Road Wild Horse Tours for a guaranteed sighting of these beautiful creatures. Make sure you bring your camera!

7. Hang with sharks & otters! The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is a must-do for kids of all ages. There are indoor/outdoor exhibits, a touch tank, gift shop, andSandbucket on Outer Banks, NC beach more. Check out the planned activities such as Dive Shows and Animal Feeding Programs.

8. Climb a huge sand dune! You gotta make it to the top of Jockey's Ridge in Nags Head! You can roll down the dune, fly a kite, or even learn to hang glide!

9. Become a Junior Ranger! The Cape Hatteras National Seashore Junior Ranger Program is designed for kids age 5-13. Ranger programs are available from mid-June to Labor Day. Learn how to protect the park and receive an official badge

10. Reel 'em in! Fishing on any of the Outer Banks piers is a great way to learn this awesome pastime! From the moment you reel in your first fish, you'll be "hooked" for sure!


 


Water Activities

The Outer Banks is made up of 409 square miles of water. This makes the area perfect for a variety of water activities including jet skiing, ocean and sound kayaking, diving, surfing, parasailing, wind surfing, kite surfing, kite boarding, skim boarding, sailing, boating, and of course, swimming.

  • Adventure Sports
    Kitty Hawk Watersports
    Waverunners, Parasailing, Kayaks, Bumperboats, Climbing Wall & more!
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    Arcades, Amusements & Go Karts
    Kitty Hawk Watersports
    Waverunners, Parasailing, Kayaks, Bumperboats, Climbing Wall & more!
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    Arts & Crafts
    Cloud Nine
    Upscale bohemian jewelry, hemp, clothing, custom beadwork & lots of beads.
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    Bicycle & Scooter Rentals
    Beach Daze Rentals
    Outer Banks bike rentals, baby equipment, kayak rentals and more.
    Nags Head, NC | Northern Outer Banks | Phone:888-441-0949
    Ocean Atlantic Rentals In Nags Head
    Outer Banks bike rentals for the whole family & delivery too.
    Nags Head, NC | Northern Outer Banks | Phone:800-635-9559
    Boat & Watercraft Rentals
    Fishing Unlimited
    Outer Banks rental boats for fishing, crabbing or cruising the Roanoke Sound.
    Nags Head, NC | Northern Outer Banks | Phone:252-441-5028
    Kitty Hawk Watersports
    Waverunners, Parasailing, Kayaks, Bumperboats, Climbing Wall & more!
    Nags Head, NC | Northern Outer Banks | Phone:252-441-2756
    Bowling Centers
    Nags Head Bowling Center
    Outer Banks bowling in a family friendly environment; arcade, snack bar & more!
    Nags Head, NC | Northern Outer Banks | Phone:252-441-7077
    Fishing Charters
    Miss Oregon Inlet
    On the Miss Oregon Inlet we provide everything you need to fish; bring the whole family.
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    Oregon Inlet Fishing Center
    Oregon Inlet Fishing Center: We make your fishing dreams come true!
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    Outrigger Sportfishing Charters
    Charter an Adventure Today!
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    Seaducer Sportfishing Charters
    Outer Banks fishing charters to make your dreams come true!
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    Fishing Marinas
    Oregon Inlet Fishing Center
    Oregon Inlet Fishing Center: We make your fishing dreams come true!
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    Fishing Piers
    Fishing Unlimited
    Outer Banks rental boats for fishing, crabbing or cruising the Roanoke Sound.
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    Outer Banks Fishing Pier
    The family fishing pier and tackle shop.
    Nags Head, NC | Northern Outer Banks | Phone:252-441-5740
    Fitness
    Outer Banks Sports Club
    Friendly faces and helpful attitudes make your Outer Banks workout fun!
    Nags Head, NC | Northern Outer Banks | Phone:252-441-8361
    Kayak Rentals & Tours
    Beach Daze Rentals
    Outer Banks bike rentals, baby equipment, kayak rentals and more.
    Nags Head, NC | Northern Outer Banks | Phone:888-441-0949
    Kitty Hawk Sports
    Outer Banks adventure & surf shop for kayaking, surfing and apparel.
    Nags Head, NC | Northern Outer Banks | Phone:(252) 441-6800
    Kitty Hawk Watersports
    Waverunners, Parasailing, Kayaks, Bumperboats, Climbing Wall & more!
    Nags Head, NC | Northern Outer Banks | Phone:252-441-2756
    Ocean Atlantic Rentals In Nags Head
    Outer Banks kayak rentals for fun in the sun & delivery too.
    Nags Head, NC | Northern Outer Banks | Phone:800-635-9559
    Miniature Golf
    Mutiny Bay Golf
    The Outer Banks Premiere soundfront miniature golf course.
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    Surfing & Bodyboarding Lessons & Rentals
    Kitty Hawk Sports
    Outer Banks adventure & surf shop for kayaking, surfing and apparel.
    Nags Head, NC | Northern Outer Banks | Phone:(252) 441-6800
    Ocean Atlantic Rentals In Nags Head
    Outer Banks private and group surf lessons...learn to ride the waves.
    Nags Head, NC | Northern Outer Banks | Phone:800-635-9559

    Bars, Clubs & Lounges
    Beach Road Grill
    Casual dining in a fun setting!
    Nags Head, NC | Northern Outer Banks | Phone:252-480-2228
    Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant & Tavern
    The Outer Banks Premier Dining & Nightly Entertainment.
    Nags Head, NC | Northern Outer Banks | Phone:252-441-4116
    Lucky 12 Tavern
    Lucky 12 Tavern: Something for everyone...
    Nags Head, NC | Northern Outer Banks | Phone:252-255-5825
    Mulligan's Raw Bar & Grille
    Voted best burger on the Outer Banks for 6 years.
    Nags Head, NC | Northern Outer Banks | Phone:252-480-2000
    Bowling Center
    Nags Head Bowling Center
    Outer Banks bowling in a family friendly environment; arcade, snack bar & more!
    Nags Head, NC | Northern Outer Banks | Phone:252-441-7077