100 Free things to do on the Outer Banks

Looking to Save on your Outer Banks Vacation?  The OBX is a great place for family vacations because of the number of things you can do at little to no cost.  Check out the list below of the Top (almost) 100 Things to Do on the Outer Banks that are FREE!  This list has been compiled by our office staff as well as past Guests and our friends on Facebook.  Feel free to contact us with additional things you can think of to do on the OBX that are FREE!

  1. Earn a ranger patch at Jockeyâ??s Ridge   
  2. Search for beach glass in Corolla
  3. Fly a Kite on Jockeyâ??s Ridge
  4. See the Boats come in with their catch at Oregon Inlet
  5. Fish for trout off the causeway bridge
  6. Shell seek at Coquina Beach
  7. Bird Watch at Pea Island
  8. Look for Spanish Mustangs in Corova
  9. Story time at Roanoke Island Festival Park
  10. Visit the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (climb it for a nominal fee)
  11. Watch the boat building process in downtown Manteo
  12. Explore the trails at Nags Head Woods
  13. Experience First Friday in Manteo
  14. Morning Yoga in Duck Town Park
  15. Drive on the Beach in Carova
  16. Movie Night at the Duck Town Park
  17. Ride the Bike Paths
  18. Feed the Turtles in Sandy Run Park in Kitty Hawk
  19. Walk the Soundfront Boardwalk in Duck
  20. Picnic on the Beach in Corova
  21. Hunt for Ghost Crabs on the Beach at night
  22. Visit the Currituck Lighthouse (nominal fee to climb)
  23. Explore the Whalehead Club
  24. Visit Bodie Island Light (nominal fee to climb)
  26. Crab off the Colington Bridge
  27. Catch a sunrise over the ocean
  28. Watch the sunset over the Sound 
  29. Build Sand castles on the beach
  30. Watch pelicans dive for fish
  31. Catch sand fleas
  32. Look for dolphin
  33. Search for purple shells
  34. Search for beach glass
  35. Take a Kayak Tour with KH Surf School by using your Fun N Sun Pass!
  36. See the Lost Colony!  Free Adult admission with the Fun N Sun Pass
  37. Play on the Town Green and Playground in Duck
  38. Stroll the Manteo Waterfront
  39. Play mini golf at the DQ Family Fun Center â?? FREE with the Fun N Sun Pass
  40. Visit the Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station — Free with the FNS Pass
  41. Chase seagulls
  42. Skip rocks/shells in the ocean
  43. Stroll through the Elizabethan Gardens â?? FREE with the FNS Pass!
  44. Walk for miles on the public beaches
  45. Visit the Frisco Native American Museum â?? FREE admission with FNS Pass
  46. Check out the NC Aquarium â?? FREE with FNS Pass
  47. Fish on the Outer Banks Pier â?? FREE with the FNS Pass
  48. Visit the Laura Barnes Shipwreck (Coquina Beach)
  49. Sunset Dolphin Cruise with Capt Johnny â?? FREE with FNS Pass
  50. Play 18 holes of golf at The Pointeâ?? FREE with FNS Pass
  51. Pay a round of Golf at The Carolina Clubâ?? FREE with the FNS Pass
  52. Swim in the Ocean
  53. Float in the Sound
  54. Listen to Music at Duck Town Park
  55. Stroll the Art Galleries of Gallery Row
  56. Climb the Live Oaks at Hayman Street Park
  57. Go to the Beach at Night Under a Full Moon
  58. Follow the local Civil War Trail
  59. Geocaching — a real local treasure hunt!!
  60. Check out the Monument to a Century of Flight
  61. Visit Roanoke Island Festival Park — Free Ticket with the Fun N Sun Pass
  62. Try to Escape at Will You Escape the OBX — Free Admission with Fun N Sun Pass
  63. Check out Whalehead Junction Park (right across from Jennette’s Pier)
  64. Try to spot an alligator (safely) along Alligator River
  65. Find out where is Buffalo City?
  66. Watch the planes land at the Wright Memorial
  67. Grab your skateboard and “drop in” at the Kitty Hawk Skate Park
  68. Paint and Hide OBX Rocks and Shells
  69. Search around town for painted OBX Rocks and Shells
  70. Sign the notebook at the Little Red Mailbox (Glenmere Beach Access in Kill Devil Hills)
  71. Check out the brand New Dowdy’s Park in Nags Head
  72. Watch the bulldozers push sand on the beach during Beach Nourishment
  73. Check out Shelly Island (just be careful!)
  74. Watch the bridge construction on the new Bonner Bridge going to Hatteras. 


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