Best Attractions & Activities

With all of the things to do and see in a city, deciding how to spend your time can be quite an agonizing decision. 10best has narrowed all of the available attractions in Outer Banks to a list of the most appealing and reputable, to aide in your decision making. You can rest easy knowing that any choice you make from our list is sure to please.

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge


Visitors to this federal reserve can observe a huge array of wildlife such as American alligators, black bears, white-tailed deer, raccoons, rabbits, quail, river otters, red-cockaded woodpeckers and, for the really lucky, red wolves. Visit the...  Read More

<i>The Lost Colony</i> Outdoor Drama


Enrich your vacation with the extraordinary, highly acclaimed theater performance, The Lost Colony. This outdoor production depicts the first attempted British settlement of the New World that occurred on Roanoke Island 20 years prior to the...  Read More



Pristine beaches without masses of vacationers are increasingly difficult to find in an age of growing travel and tourism. Rodanthe, a wonderful day trip just south of Nags Head, is just such a place, where the wide beaches are delightfully...  Read More

Ocracoke Island


Site of beaches often acclaimed as the best in the country, Ocracoke Island is home to fewer than 1,000 year-round residents. The island offers natural beauty, timeless, small-town culture, and plenty of recreation. Untouched and sprawling, the...  Read More

North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island


Rainy day on your vacation? Head to the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. The abundance of sea-life that resides here will mesmerize both kids and adults. Live eels, sea turtles, alligators and even sharks are all on display. A number...  Read More

Corrolla Beach


The road literally ends at this Outer Banks attraction. Plan a day trip to Corolla where visitors can put their SUV's to good use by driving onto the sand and into the surf. Here, the clusters of vacation mansions finally yield to miles of...  Read More



A gorgeous memorial to the English colonists who first settled America on Roanoke Island in 1584, the Elizabethan Gardens are a worthwhile trip for families, nature enthusiasts and history buffs. Described as "an oasis of green in a land of sea...  Read More



Jockey's Ridge provides the best sightseeing and some of the best off-beach recreation you'll find in the Outer Banks. Over 420 acres of constantly shifting sand dunes overlook the Roanoke Sound, providing pristine sunrise and sunset views. Most...  Read More

Cape Lookout National Seashore


Accessible only by boat, this beautiful string of barrier islands provides a host of recreational activities for a single day trip or multi-night camping excursion. Site of the famous Cape Lookout Lighthouse, the miles of wide, flat beach make...  Read More



Located at the site of Wilbur and Orville Wright's flying experiments, including their ultimate first flight, the memorial offers visitors the chance to engage in interactive exhibits and to witness the spot where the brothers first took flight....  Read More