Embark on a Tour of the Best Outer Banks Lighthouses

For centuries, the Outer Banks lighthouses have served as a guiding light to seaborne travelers and merchants as they navigate perilous channels. These beacons of hope have become time-honored attractions. So, if you’re looking for things to do in the Outer Banks, embark on a self-guided tour of the best North Carolina lighthouses near your Atlantic Realty vacation rental. 

Bodie Island Lighthouse at Sunset

Bodie Island Lighthouse

The Bodie Island Lighthouse (pronounced “Body”) you see today is the structure’s third iteration. The first commissioned lighthouse in 1837 had been abandoned due to structural issues and repair costs. Another attempt in 1858 became a casualty in the Civil War. After a new construction plan and relocation in the late 19th century, we have the black and white striped, 154-foot lighthouse that stands today. The wetlands surrounding Bodie Island Lighthouse are a popular spot for nature lovers and bird watchers.

Currituck Beach Lighthouse

Get a bird’s eye view of the North Carolina Outer Banks coastline when you visit the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. Climb to the top of this 162-foot structure, the light from which can be seen from 18 nautical miles. The conservators will gladly answer any questions you have. They even have a free book about this Outer Banks lighthouse, which you can download for free: To Illuminate the Dark Space

Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

Often overlooked due to this smaller structure, the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse quietly sits in a remote location at the east end of the Manteo waterfront. Similar to the Bodie Island Lighthouse, the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse you see today is the third iteration of the structure. Even still, this picturesque beacon has led hundreds of people to safety over the years. Consider going for a stroll along the boardwalk and treating yourself to an exceptional sunset. 

Outer Banks Lighthouses Await Your North Carolina Getaway 

Learning about the rich regional history is one of the highlights of booking an Outer Banks vacation rental. Luckily for you, when you reserve a house or condo via Atlantic Realty, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore the top area attractions. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or a family vacation, our diverse selection of North Carolina rentals will satisfy your needs. We even have a litany of exclusive deals so that you can get the most of your coastal retreat. For more information about Outer Banks lighthouses or making a reservation, please give us a call at 877-858-4795. Our resourceful staff is happy to assist you.

Top 5 Autumnal Outer Banks Activities

Spring and fall are the perfect times to visit Atlantic Realty because the temperatures are less hot and humid, and there tend to be fewer people. While crowds have thinned, there’s still a plethora of fantastic autumnal Outer Banks activities to keep you entertained. Treat yourself and your loved ones to our beach house rentals, NC, and a tranquil coastal getaway.

1. Perfect Weather for Beachy Outer Banks Activities 

The average temperature highs during September and October range between 73 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, which is prime for swimming, hiking, fishing, biking, and other outdoor ventures. If you’ve booked a Nags Head rental, consider hosting a bonfire on the beach. You’ll have to get a permit to do so, but it’s worth it. Roast corn, hot dogs, and marshmallows over a peaceful bonfire while watching the moon rise over calm, Atlantic waves. 

2. Visit a Local Pumpkin Patch

Hit up a local pumpkin patch for that authentic autumnal experience. Meander through farms with a hot cider in hand, sign up for an oxen ride, and pick out your favorite pumpkin. You can even make use of your private Outer Banks house rental to paint or carve your pumpkins.  

3. Sip Some Autumnal Outer Banks Brews

While the classic IPA’s of summer are super crisp and refreshing, there’s something comforting about the spiced lagers, ales, Belgians, and porters that hit brewery taps in the fall. Whether you prefer a sweet pumpkin ale or a classic lager, you’re sure to find a brew to your liking at a nearby OBX brewery. There’s a wide variety of price ranges and on-tap selections, so don’t shy away from trying out a few in order to find your favorite. 

4. Check out the Outer Banks Fall Events

Just because the crowds have thinned doesn’t mean there aren’t many local events to partake. It’s quite the opposite! If you love seafood, their Seafood Festival is a must-go Outer Banks activity. Find out what other festivities might pique your interest:

Jockey’s Ridge Kite Festival

5. Dune Climbing at Jockey’s Ridge State Park

Autumn is the perfect time of year to take on the dunes at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. They’re much easier to climb when the sun doesn’t burn as hot, and you’ll be rewarded with outstanding views. Plus, the park is open all day, so the possibility of bumping into other tourists is slim. 

Your Ideal Fall Getaway Awaits at Our OBX Vacation Rentals

Plan the perfect autumnal vacation at our Outer Banks house rentals via Atlantic Realty. Take advantage of the local festivities, gorgeous weather, and our fall getaway specials. To learn more about seasonal Outer Banks activities, or to make a reservation, please give us a call at 877-858-4795.

The Best OBX Dolphin Tours

The Best OBX Dolphin Tours

Who doesn’t love a beachside vacation? Your toes wiggling in the soft sand, watching gorgeous oceanic sunrises, sunsets, and marvelous marine life. Our Outer Banks vacation rentals at Atlantic Realty are perfect for outdoor, aquatic adventures. Whether you’re vacationing with your partner, family, or friend group, consider going on a dolphin tour in the OBX.

Dolphin Tours are a fun Outer Banks experience for the whole family

What to Expect from Your OBX Dolphin Tour

Embark on a nautical adventure near our Kitty Hawk vacation rentals. Outer Banks dolphin tours will show you all manner of marine life you wouldn’t be able to experience otherwise. Learn interesting facts about the area, snap a few Instagram-worthy photos of some friendly dolphins, and bond with your loved ones under the warm sun. 

Captain Johnny’s Outer Banks Dolphin Tours

Join Captain Stuart Wescott for the cruise of a lifetime. Choose between a morning, afternoon, and sunset OBX dolphin tour options. If you’re looking for a romantic evening out on the water, we recommend choosing their Sunset Dolphin Cruise. 

Harbor Star Dolphin Tours

If you’re looking for a dolphin tour in the OBX that the whole family will love, consider booking a cruise with Harbor Star Dolphin Tours. Spend a spectacular couple of hours watching bottlenose dolphins as they show off their best moves. If you’re a fishing family, you might also want to look at the fishing charters they offer at this establishment.

Nags Head Dolphin Watch

You’re in for a unique ecotour experience when you book a cruise with Nags Head Dolphin Watch. Local biologists lead these tours, so they’ll be available to answer any questions you may have about the wildlife. In addition to seeing bottle-nosed dolphins and other marine creatures, you’ll have an inside look at how scientists conduct their research. The Nags Head Dolphin Watch cruise is perfect for those who love marine biology or have kiddos who love science.

The Best Outer Banks House Rentals for the Family

Treat your family to the best North Carolina oceanfront getaway at Atlantic Realty. Our cozy vacation rentals can accommodate groups of most sizes. We even have pet-friendly rentals so that you can bring your beloved pooch. You’ll also have easy access to numerous Outer Banks attractions, like OBX dolphin tours. Please call us at 877-858-4795 to make a reservation.